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**ONLINE APPLICATION NOW AVAILABLE. Applicants to the LL.M. in Dispute Resolution are now able to submit their applications online through LSAC. Applicants for the Certificate and M.D.R. program will still be able to submit a paper application. LL.M. Applicants are strongly encourage to submit their applications through LSAC.**
The Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine School of Law is pleased to announce that JAMS is sponsoring a full-tuition scholarship for Pepperdine's International Commercial Arbitration LLM. JAMS is the largest for profit provider of mediation and arbitration services in the United States, with offices in more than 25 cities and more than 300 retired judges and senior lawyers on its panel. JAMS has been focusing on international opportunities, including the opening of an office in London, and sees this scholarship as an expression of its support for future international arbitration practitioners.
Students travel from around the world to study conflict and dispute resolution at the Straus Institute. Some of our most recent students and graduates have traveled from Canada, China, Germany, Korea, Mexico, Argentina, Greece, Republic of Georgia, Spain, Nepal, Czech Republic and Jordan to study dispute resolution. The Straus Institute has also hosted a variety of Fulbright scholars from Germany, Czech Republic, Tunisia, El Salvador, Panama, Egypt, and Ukraine.
International applicants can apply to two of our academic program for studies in dispute resolution. Candidates with the first degree of law required to practice or teach law can apply for our Masters of Law (LL.M.), an advanced law degree in dispute resolution. Candidates without a law background who have a bachelor's degree or equivalent can apply for our Masters in Dispute Resolution (MDR) program.
The Masters of Law or LL.M. in Dispute Resolution is an advanced law degree available exclusively for attorneys or judges. Applicants for our LL.M. program must have completed the first degree of law required to practice or teach law. For candidates in the United States this requires a JD degree from an ABA-accredited law school.
The LL.M. is a 28 unit program which can be completed as a full-time student in two semesters, or can take up to three years as a part-time student. Student can choose to graduate with one of four different LL.M. Concentrations including Mediation, Negotiation, International Dispute Resolution or Litigation, or graduate without declaring a concentration.
The Masters in Dispute Resolution (MDR) program provides practical dispute resolution training for candidates who do not have a law background or degree. Students in the MDR program consist of people from a variety of professions including business and other graduate students, executives, human resource professionals, doctors, psychologists, peacemakers and social workers. Through the MDR students will gain experience through the required Externship program and Mediation Clinic class. Students can also delve deeper into specialty areas including Labor, Dispute Resolution Systems Design, Ombuds and more. Please refer to course descriptions for a full list of courses.
The MDR Program is a 32 unit program that can be completed in 1 year as a full-time student with courses available at the Malibu or Orange County campus.
The Certificate program is a 14 unit program consisting of foundational courses in Mediation, Negotiation and Arbitration. Students can complete the program full-time in one semester or over three years as a part-time student. Professionals who participate in the Certificate program are looking for more depth than can be provided by professional training programs and the additional credibility of our Certificate Program. Those that complete the Certificate program and want additional training can also reapply for our M.D.R. or LL.M., and if accepted, transfer their Certificate units into the other programs.
International students must complete the following requirements for admission to our dispute resolution programs: