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Winter Intensive Courses in Dispute Resolution and Legal Practice Skills

December 30 - 31, 2013 and January 2 - 4, 2014

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Earn two credits in one week by taking one of the following courses:

  • Negotiation Theory and Practice
  • Mediation Theory and Practice
  • Psychology of Conflict
  • Cross-Cultural Conflict and Dispute Resolution
  • Divorce and Family Mediation
  • Selected Issues in Dispute Resolution: Ombuds

Earn one credit with the following legal practice skills courses

  • Law Office Management (1 unit) morning session - CANCELLED
  • Business Development for Lawyers (1 unit) afternoon session - CANCELLED



Note: All Fields Are Required to Complete Application Form

Registration and Fees


The Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law is pleased to announce its 20th annual Winter Intensive Dispute Resolution Program. Open to law and dispute resolution students and others interested in professional-level education in conflict management, the program features nationally recognized faculty in the spectacular coastal environment of Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.

The dispute resolution class sessions are condensed into a five-day format to meet the needs of students visiting from distant law schools as well as mid-career professionals desiring an intensive format. Each course will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; and from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday.  These classes are designed to be interactive, fast-paced, and stimulating. The program provides students with opportunities to develop meaningful mentoring relationships with visiting faculty, leading scholars, and practitioners from across the country.

The legal practice skills courses offered will meet for morning or afternoon sessions Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  Law Office Management will meet from 9:40 am - 12:30 pm, and Business Development for Lawyers  will meet 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm.  Students can elect to participate in one practice courses, or register for both sessions. Please note, both legal practice courses are ABA approved and transferable to many law programs across the nation, but will not count towards a Certificate, Masters or LLM in Dispute Resolution.

Students successfully completing a dispute resolution course will earn 2 semester credits from Pepperdine University School of Law, transferable to other law and graduate schools.  Students successfully completing a legal practice course will earn 1 semester credit per course.  All Winter Intensive courses are graded using letter grades and conform to Pepperdine's curve requirements.  


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