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Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution
Geoffrey H. Palmer Center for Entrepreneurship and the Law
Herbert and Elinor Nootbaar Institute on Law, Religion, and Ethics

At the School of Law, we believe that lawyers are called.

  • Called to be working models of the rule of law in public life
  • Called to be advocates for peace and justice for "the least of these"
  • Called to be lawyer-patriots ... in humble, hostile, everyday places, as well as in the highest courts of the land

Three distinct programs thrive within our Pepperdine community, enabling and ennobling our students to hear the call of justice and service around the world.

The Straus Institute: Lauded as the No. 1 law school dispute resolution program in the U.S. for the seventh consecutive year, the two-decades-old Straus Institute unites full-time teaching and research faculty with scholars from around the globe to prepare leaders as effective negotiators, peacemakers, and problem solvers to suppress conflict.

The Palmer Center: With a dual purpose - to equip law students with technology and business skills, and to provide through its Microenterprise Program training and microloans to impoverished individuals in downtown Los Angeles - the Palmer Center's quest is empowerment through entrepreneurship, for lawyers and for the neediest of our citizens.

The Nootbaar Institute: While exploring the nexus of law, religion, and ethics through research and conferences, the institute's Global Justice Program involves students in international human rights efforts and religious freedom conflicts in the world's most vulnerable regions. Student interest and demand from global partners is burgeoning.

Synergy in service: Straus, Palmer, and Nootbaar, serving around the world.

Our goal is to raise funds to develop shared resources and a vision for Christian service to unify and enrich these service-driven


For More Information about the Pepperdine University School of Law Campaign please contact:

Stephanie Buckley
Associate Vice Chancellor
Pepperdine University School of Law
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