The Straus Institute offers four academic programs in dispute resolution; a Certificate in Dispute Resolution, a Master of Dispute Resolution (M.D.R.), a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Dispute Resolution, and the Masters of Law (LL.M.) in Dispute Resolution with a Concentration in International Commercial Arbitration.
Applicants for admission to the Master's of Dispute Resolution (M.D.R.) or Dispute Resolution Certificate Program must have received a bachelor's degree from an approved college or university prior to registration.
Applicants for admission to the LL.M. in Dispute Resolution programs must have completed the first degree in law required for law practice or law teaching in the country in which law studies were pursued. U.S. applicants must have an ABA-accredited J.D. degree. In exceptional cases, U.S. applicants with non ABA-accredited law degrees may be considered.
Applications for the LL.M. program can now be submitted online through the Law School Admission Council's LL.M. Credential Assembly Service at llm.lsac.org. Applications for the M.D.R. and Certificate program can still be submitted using the paper application. All LL.M. applicants are highly encouraged to use LSAC's online application process.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and need to be submitted at least four months prior to the intended start date with courses starting in mid-August, January and late May. It is recommended that international students submit applications at least six months prior to their expected start date. Applications can be submitted up to one year in advance.
|Applications By||Program Start||Term|
|March 31||late August||Fall|
|August 31||early January||Spring|
|January 31||late May||Summer|
Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution
Pepperdine University School of Law
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263