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London / Geneva

Course Information

Course Work

The London/Geneva Study Tour provides students and mid-career professionals with an opportunity to observe and interact with significant legal and dispute resolution organizations in Europe. Classroom lectures and discussions will be augmented by intensive group work putting students in the role of counsel or consultants for a corporation in need of the assistance of the organizations being visited. Simulated consulting groups will make recommendations regarding what and how to use the services of a variety of dispute resolution agencies. The site visits will provide opportunities for interaction with the staff from a variety of dispute resolution organizations. The course will involve making a series of recommendations to a hypothetical corporate client reflecting the knowledge gained in the site visits as well as class lectures. The course will be graded on a Pass/Fail basis.

Students will be expected to complete reading assignments in advance of the first class session, to attend and participate in all required classroom activities and site visits, and to submit a final written paper two weeks after class ends.

Course Cost

The course is charged by Pepperdine Law School's standard tuition rate of $1,800 per unit. The costs for this two-unit class is $3,600, plus a $1,500 activity fee which includes group social functions in London and the Swiss Alps.  Guests are welcome to accompany students on this trip and will need to pay the activity fee to cover the cost of their participation in the non-academic group events. Students will also need to make their own hotel arrangements in London, and all necessary flights. Round trip flights to London vary from $600 to $1,200. Round trip flights in-between London and Geneva vary from $75 to $300. Students have a variety of hotel options in London which run as low as $450 per week.

It is unlikely that participation in a foreign summer program can accelerate graduation. Acceptance of any credit or grade for any course taken in the program is subject to determination by the student's home school.

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Course Facilities

The London component of the course is held at the Pepperdine University London Centre located at 56 Prince's Gate, London SW7. This six-story building is owned by the university and is centrally located in the prestigious Westminster-Knightsbridge-South Kensington area. The building is directly across the street from the University of London's Imperial College, and midway between the Victoria and Albert Museum on the south, and Hyde Park and the Royal Albert Hall on the north. Some of the course administration is done from this office; the rest is done from the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution in the Pepperdine University School of Law in Malibu, CA.

The Geneva component of the course will have class lectures held in conference rooms at the various site visits, such as at the WTO and WIPO.

Access for Students with Disabilities: The program makes every effort to be accessible to students with disabilities and has hosted disabled students in the past. The program also recognizes that it is being held in foreign countries whose laws might be different from American standards.

Cancellation: If there is insufficient enrollment in the program, there is a chance of cancellation. In this event, students will receive a full refund of tuition and activity fee and be given priority to enroll in a concurrent study tour or in the program for the next year. The program has never been canceled since its inception in 2002.

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Site Visits and Guest Speakers

Site visits and/or speakers planned for the London/Geneva Study Tour are listed below. (Please note that because these organizations and professionals are in demand and engaged in on-going work, the Study Tour is subject to their availability.)

Prof. Maureen Weston and Prof. Anthony Miller will be teaching the course. The Director of the Straus Institute who oversees the program is Managing Director Peter Robinson.

The London contact is Karen Haygreen,

  • Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution
  • London Court of International Arbitration
  • Guest Speaker from Herbert Smith
  • Middle Temple Inns of Court
  • Royal Courts of Justice
  • Court of Arbitration for Sport
  • The Caux International Reconciliation Center
  • Red Cross & Human Rights Museum
  • World Trade Organization
  • World Intellectual Property Organization
  • A presentation from a prepresentative from the Organization for World Migration who will lecture on the World of the Iraqi Real Property Commission.

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Group Social Activities

In addition to the Study Tour's substantive activities, a variety of social events will be included in the trip:

  • Bus Tour of City
  • Evenings at the Theatre and Dinner
  • Optional Trip to Gstaad
  • Optional Trip to Amnecy
  • The Lausanne Opera
  • Walking Tour of City

In 2013, there were 26 students who attended the tour and two were visiting students. The program is open to students and professionals from other countries and graduate schools. The first 24 students currently in good standing who submit an application are accepted.

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