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JD/Master's in Dispute Resolution (M.D.R.)

The Master's in Dispute Resolution (M.D.R.) Program can be completed in the same three years as the JD Program. JD Students can complete courses for the M.D.R. through summer, winter intensive courses and for non-Pepperdine students, transferring courses into the M.D.R. program. Pepperdine JD students can double count 14 units from their JD, leaving 18 units of the 32 unit M.D.R. program. These 18 units can be completed by taking 12 units during our summer program, two 2 unit Winter Intensive courses and completing the final 2 units during the fall or spring semester.

Students at other ABA-accredited law programs can transfer in up to 10 units of approved courses from their JD program, leaving 22 units of the 32 unit M.D.R. program. These 22 units can be completed by taking 12 units during our summer program, participating in 2 Winter Intensives, and completing 6 units of their externship or thesis at a location of their choosing.

To apply, Pepperdine students must complete the traditional application for admission. The admissions committee for the Straus Institute will have access JD files of current Pepperdine students; application components that will not need to be resubmitted included transcripts, LSAT score and 2 letters of recommendation. Applicants must still submit a personal statement addressing their interest in the dispute resolution program, an application and one additional letter of recommendation. Applicants must also indicate "Please see JD file" on the checklist of requirements on the back of the application for duplicative components.

Students at other ABA-accredited law programs will need to complete the full application for admission and gain admission to the M.D.R. program.

Pepperdine JD StudentNon-Pepperdine JD Program
Pepperdine JD Electives14 units   Transfer in up to10 units
Summer Program12 unitsSummer Program12 units
Winter Intensive 12 unitsWinter Intensive 12 units
Winter Intensive 22 unitsWinter Intensive 22 units
During 2nd or 3rd Year2 unitsExternship Requirement6 units
32 units32 units