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The Straus Institute offers several academic programs in dispute resolution; a Certificate in Dispute Resolution, a Master of Dispute Resolution (M.D.R.), and the Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Dispute Resolution with concentrations available in Mediation, Arbitration, Litigation, International Commercial Arbitration (ICA) and the new International Commercial Law and Arbitration (ICLA) program. 

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 be submitted online through the Law School Admission Council's LL.M. Credential Assembly Service  or directly to Pepperdine via the paper application process.  All international LLM applicants are required to have their transcripts evaluated through LSAC or an approved service.

Applications for the M.D.R. and Certificate program will be submitted using the paper application.  

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
Late March  late August Fall
Late August  early January Spring
Late January  late May Summer

Scholarships are highly competitive and granted to admitted students on a rolling basis.  The majority of scholarships are awarded between December and March 1. Applicants wishing to be seriously considered should complete their admission files no later than February 15.

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Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution
Pepperdine University School of Law
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263