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Pepperdine Caruso Law Degrees and Programs

Pepperdine Caruso Law provides a superior legal education with an emphasis on societal responsibility. In addition to our degree programs, we offer experiential learning, mentorship, and continuing education to prepare practitioners to bring their best to their work and to the world.

Juris Doctor Degrees

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The Pepperdine Juris Doctor (JD) is more than a degree program. It encompasses professional development, specialized areas of interest, and co-curricular learning opportunities that combine to shape a "practice ready" graduate.

With individual needs and goals in mind, we also offer accelerated and extended options in addition to our traditional JD program.

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National Jurist ranks Pepperdine Caruso Law among the best in the nation for Experiential Learning. These hands-on learning opportunities for JD candidates include clinical work and externships locally as well as externship opportunities in Washington DC, London, and elsewhere.

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Students interested in an international experience will find diverse global opportunities available to Pepperdine law students, including the opportunity to study abroad in London, England, or Augsburg, Germany, as well as externships and service projects around the world.

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Already interested in a specific area of law? See what specialty areas Pepperdine offers.

Explore a variety of contemporary legal and professional issues.

Joint Law Degrees

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We offer six joint degrees in conjunction with Pepperdine University's top-ranked graduate schools and the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at the law school, ranked among the nation's best programs by U.S. News & World Report for over a decade.


LLM Degree, MDR Degree, and Dispute Resolution Certificate

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Students can pursue an LLM in Dispute Resolution, Master of Dispute Resolution (MDR) or Certificate in Dispute Resolution as a stand-alone program or as a joint program with several of Pepperdine's graduate programs. Students can attend on a part-time or full-time basis with courses available in one week, two weekend and full semester formats. 

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Available to US and international students on a part-time or full-time basis. More about LLM Programs.

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Available to law and non-law candidates, joint or stand-alone, in Malibu or online.

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A 14-unit program (12 units for Pepperdine JD students) for those with a bachelor's degree. More about Certificates.

Graduate Law Programs

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Pepperdine Caruso Law graduate degrees benefit from the convenience of Los Angeles -- one of the world's hubs for entertainment, commerce, and law -- and a large alumni community in southern California, including in industries that can be challenging for outsiders to enter such as entertainment, media, and sports. Apply for an LLM (Master of Laws) or certificate in these areas, make connections through externships and networking, and become part of the unique Pepperdine success story.

Programs for Law Professionals

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Pepperdine Caruso Law offers training for practicing professionals. Participants in these programs include lawyers, medical doctors, business executives and educators.