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Dispute Resolution Law Program

Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University

Established in 1986, the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution is the premier program in dispute resolution. Ranked #1 for 13 of the last 15 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 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 Dispute Resolution Law Professors

  • Thomas J. Stipanowich
  • Peter Robinson
  • Stephanie Bell
  • Jack Coe
  • Maureen Weston
  • Richard Peterson
  • Robert Cochran
  • Michael Helfand
  • 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





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Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution

The internationally recognized Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution has led the nation in law-school-based conflict resolution and for over a decade, it has been ranked among the nation's best programs by U.S. News & World Report.