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Admission Requirements

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and need to be submitted at least four months prior to the intended start date.

Courses start in the Fall (mid-August), Spring (early January) and Summer (late May) terms. Applications can be submitted up to one year in advance. It is recommended that international students submit their applications at least four months prior to their expected start date. Applicants for the LLM in U.S. Law program should note that program only begins during the fall semester. 

Scholarships are highly competitive and granted to admitted students on rolling basis. The majority of partial scholarships are awarded between December and March 1 for the Fall term. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

All applicants are required to submit:

  • Application form or online application through LSAC
  • A personal statement
  • Current resumé or CV
  • Two to three narrative letters of recommendation or completed Personal Evaluation Forms
  • $50 application fee - waived for all applicants

Applicants will submit their applications to the following departments based on their desired program.

Entertainment, Media and Sports Law

Please note, if you are applying to any of the above programs, the link below will take you to the LSAC website where you will need to create an account and log in to submit your application online. Graduate Law Programs does not accept paper applications.

Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution



The LLM Program is offered as part of the law school's graduate programs. Admission to the LLM will require a Juris Doctor degree from an ABA accredited institution, or for international candidates the first degree of law necessary to practice or teach law in their country of origin. Those that do not meet this requirement can consider the Certificate in Dispute Resolution, Master of Dispute Resolution, or Certificate in Entertainment, Media and Sports Law programs, or can attend our various training programs and conferences. Please visit our Training Programs and Conferences page for a list of upcoming programs.


Applications for the LLM program can be completed online via LSAC or via the paper application form.  Please see the above list to download the appropriate application form. The electronic submission of applications through LSAC is the preferred method of application. All international applicants are required to have their transcripts evaluated. The LSAC evaluation service is only available to those applying through LSAC, applicants choosing to apply using our paper application can use WES to provide a course-by-course evaluation.

Personal Statement

The LLM, Master's Degree and Certificate Programs are designed to combine a graduate level academic experience with a commitment to the development of professional skills.

Please include a one to two page personal statement indicating your reasons for wanting to study in the desired field, why you chose to apply to Pepperdine University School of Law, what use you anticipate making of the education you receive, what contribution you will make to the program, and any further information that you feel should be considered by the Admissions Committee.

Please include in your personal statement a discussion of any economic, educational, or social disadvantages that you have encountered, what you have done to overcome these disadvantages, community service endeavors that you may have participated in, and your plans as they now relate to future community service.


A copy of a current resumé or vita outlining professional and educational experience is required.


Transcripts are required for all applicants for the Certificate, Masters, and LLM program. We must receive Official Transcripts to consider your application, and must be received directly from the university or in a university sealed envelope from the applicant. Transcripts must be included from all institutions attended. If you are currently a student in another graduate program or undergraduate program, we will need your current transcript to date. Transcripts from international institutions need to be submitted through a credential evaluation service.

Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation are required for applicants applying for any of our academic programs. Applicants can have their recommenders complete the Prospective Student Evaluation Form, or have their recommenders write a narrative letter of recommendation. This form/letter is an opportunity for the admissions committee to learn about your potential or current work in the dispute resolution field.

Recommendations can be from co-workers, supervisors, mentors, professors and others that can talk about your experience or potential experience in the field. Applicants are encouraged to provide recommendations from different sectors, professional and academic, to provide the committee with a well-rounded understanding of your experiences. Recommendations should not be from family members.

Testing Requirement

Applicants for the LLM program are not required to required to take an entrance exam.

International applicants are required to demonstrate English proficiency via the TOEFL or IELTS Exam, in addition to a Skype interview.

Pepperdine University School of Law has partnered with UCLA's American Language Center and UC Irvine's Extension Center to allow their international students to qualify for the graduate programs at Straus without the need for a TOEFL or IELTS score! Once the UC student finishes the highest level of English instruction in any of the above-referenced schools, the language proficiency requirement for applying to Straus is waived. Applicants opting to participate in the English Center Partner Programs may also apply for conditional admission that will allow applicants to take English courses prior to starting their LLM until they can demonstrate English Proficiency by completing the designated level at an approved partner. In other words, applicants will not be able to start their LLM coursework until they meet Pepperdine's language requirements. Applicants will be able to gain full admission after submitting a completion Certificate and participating in a Skype interview. Additional details can be found on the English Center Partner Programs website.

Application Fee

The $50 application fee now waived for all applicants; there is no fee to apply to the Straus programs. 

International Applicants

In addition to the requirements listed above, international students are required to submit their application with these additional requirements.