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Dispute Resolution Law Program

Established in 1986, the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution is the premier program in dispute resolution.  Ranked #1 for 11 of the last 12 years, the program is consistently ranked as the leading Dispute Resolution program in the nation and is recognized by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, California Dispute Resolution Council, American College of Civil Trial Mediators, International Academy of Mediators, American Bar Association, and the Association for Conflict Resolution. The Straus Institute offers an unparalleled experience in dispute resolution education.  Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution

Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University

Dispute Resolution prepares students to become effective negotiators, peacemakers, and problem solvers. Ninety-five percent of today's cases never make it to trial and are settled outside of the courtroom. These acquired skills can assist in resolving disputes peacefully, while keeping relationships intact.

Pepperdine Caruso Law Professors with Dispute Resolution Expertise

Thomas J. Stipanowich; Peter Robinson; Stephanie Bell; Jack Coe; Maureen Weston; Richard Peterson; Robert Cochran; Michael Helfand; and Anthony Miller
Straus Institute Faculty

Dispute Resolution Degrees

  • Certificate in Dispute Resolution
  • Master of Dispute Resolution
  • LLM in Dispute Resolution
  • Various Joint Program Offerings include:
    • Seaver College Undergraduate Certificate in Conflict Management
    • JD/Certificate in Dispute Resolution
    • JD/Masters in Dispute Resolution
    • MBA Concentration/Certificate in Dispute Resolution
    • MPP/Masters in Dispute Resolution
    • EDOL/Certificate in Dispute Resolution
    • MFT/Certificate in Dispute Resolution
    • MSML/Certificate in Dispute Resolution 

Relevant Course Offerings 

There are over 52 dispute resolution courses available, some include:

  • Negotiation Theory and Practice

  • Mediation Theory and Practice

  • Arbitration Practice and Advocacy

  • International Commercial Arbitration

  • Communication and Conflict

  • Psychology of Conflict

  • Cross Cultural Conflict and Dispute Resolution

  • Divorce and Family Mediation

  • Dispute Resolution and Religion

  • Dispute Resolution in Education

  • Environmental and Public Policy Dispute Resolution

  • Faith-Based Diplomacy and International Peacemaking

  • International Investment Disputes

  • Apology Forgiveness and Reconciliation

  • Restorative Justice; Employment Disputes

  • Entertainment Disputes

  • International Litigation


Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution

Entertainment, Media and Sports Dispute Resolution Project (EMS)

Dispute Resolution Law Journal

Dispute Resolution Society

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Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution

Ranked number one in the nation by U.S. News & World Report 13 of the last 16 years, the Straus Institute trains degree candidates and professionals to be more effective as negotiators, problem solvers, and peacemakers.