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JD Students

As a Pepperdine JD Student there are two options available to participate in Straus' Dispute Resolution programs. Pepperdine JD students can apply for a JD/Certificate, or a JD/MDR. Learn more...

Lawyers and Judges

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! Learn more...

MBA Students

Students participating in Pepperdine's Fully-Employed MBA or Residential MBA program can elect to choose Straus' dispute resolution program as part of their MBA emphasis or concentration. This opportunity to combine an MBA degree with a top-rated dispute resolution education is unique to Pepperdine. Learn more...

International Students

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. Learn more...

Other Professionals

Even though Pepperdine University's Straus Institute program is located at a law school, the program is not exclusive to students with law training. Students have studied through Straus' academic Certificate in Dispute Resolution and Masters in Dispute Resolution ( MDR) programs, and Professional Training Programs from a variety of different professions including medical doctors, human resource professionals, business executives, psychologists, counselors, teachers, peacemakers, labor professionals and more. Straus Institute's Academic Graduate Program requires to completion of a Bachelor's Degree Program, while their Professional Training Programs do not require academic degrees or prior training. Learn more...