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**ONLINE APPLICATION NOW AVAILABLE FOR LL.M. APPLICANTS. 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.**

There are several options available for Lawyers and Judges looking for additional training in dispute resolution. Our Professional Training Programs and Conferences are available for those looking for short-term training options while our Certificate and LL.M. programs in Dispute Resolution provide a more comprehensive educational experience. Both academic programs can be pursued on a part-time or full-time basis so candidates don't need to put their practices or lives on hold to participate in our academic programs, and can cater the program to meet their schedule!

Professional Training Programs and Conferences

The Straus Institute offers a variety of Training Programs and Conferences ranging from three-day conferences to six day mediation training programs. The Professional Skills Program Conference (PSP) is offered every summer in Malibu and every Fall in Vermont. The skills building workshops cover a full range of dispute resolution topics including negotiation, introductory mediation, advanced mediation, arbitration and a variety of area s of specialization. Participants arrive annually from locations all over the nation and the world from a variety of professions, and in 2007 included a group of judges from Jordan.

Those looking to mediate in the courthouse or with other panels can receive more extensive training through the Mediating the Litigated Case Program. Mediating the Litigated Case is a 42 hour mediation and negotiation program for lawyers, judges and other professionals in the field offered several times a year traditionally in Malibu, West Los Angeles, Orange County, and Washington D.C., and also in select locations which have included Malaysia, Chicago, Hawaii and China. Participants and organizations from all around the nation participate in this program in either the one week or two weekend format. This program traditionally sells out months in advance, so register early!

Academic Programs

Judges and Attorneys looking to establish themselves as experts in the field of dispute resolution can participate in our Certificate or Masters of Law (LL.M.) in Dispute Resolution program. Straus' Academic Program was created for professionals in the field, and their academic program can be catered to meet the full-time or part-time needs of the students. The two-weekend course format has enabled students to commute from all over the nation including Alaska, Hawaii, New Jersey, Ohio, Tennessee and Texas.

Certificate in Dispute Resolution
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. Attorneys and Judges who participate in the Certificate program are looking for more depth than can be provided by professional training programs and the additional credibility of the Academic Certificate Program. Those that complete the Certificate program and want additional training can reapply for our LL.M., and if accepted can transfer their Certificate units into the LL.M. program.

Masters of Law (LL.M.) in Dispute Resolution
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 following two LL.M. programs are available at Pepperdine:

LL.M. in Dispute Resolution
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. The traditional LL.M. in Dispute Resolution allows students to receive a general dispute resolution education and focuses more on practice with the required Mediation Clinic course. Students can choose to graduate with one of three different LL.M. Concentrations including Mediation, Arbitration, and Litigation, or graduate without declaring a concentration.

LL.M. in Dispute Resolution with a Concentration in International Commercial Arbitration
The LL.M. with a concentration in International Commercial Arbitration offers specialized training for the international market. The ICA program is designed to be completed in one year with requisite courses from top international commercial arbitration faculty and practitioners from organizations like the World Bank, Jones Day, Freshfields, King & Spalding and more. The requirements for the ICA program will differ from the traditional LL.M. in Dispute Resolution and must be declared at the start of the program.

Both LL.M. programs will provide enough electives for international students to be able to sit for the New York or California bar exam.

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