fb pixel fb conversion Courses | Pepperdine School of Law



The 32-unit MDR-WLA is a based on a "flexible cohort" model. The expectation is that students take their required courses on the West LA Campus, allowing flexibility to additionally take advantage of the 42 course offerings on the Malibu campus. The Program can be completed in as little as 18 months.

Required Courses

  • One Arbitration Course
  • Psychology of Conflict Communication
  • Cross-Cultural Conflict and Dispute Resolution
  • Introduction to US Law (for non-lawyers and non-law students)
  • Mediation Clinic/Externship
  • Mediation Theory and Practice
  • Negotiation Theory and Practice
  • Psychology of Conflict
  • Legal Research and Writing I (for non-lawyers and non-law students)*

* Advisor's Discretion to waive and substitute another class if appropriate.

Elective Courses

  • Advanced Mediation Seminar
  • Advanced Trial Practice+
  • Appellate Advocacy+
  • Arbitration Law *+
  • Arbitration Practice and Advocacy*
  • Current Issues in International Dispute Resolution: London/Geneva
  • Current Issues in International Dispute Resolution: Hong Kong/Beijing
  • Dispute Resolution in Education
  • Dispute Resolution and Religion
  • Dispute Resolution Law Journal (up to 4 units)
  • Divorce and Family Mediation
  • Environmental and Public Policy Dispute Resolution
  • Faith-Based Diplomacy and International Peacemaking
  • Honors Appellate Advocacy (JD students only)
  • Honors Negotiation Advocacy (JD students only)
  • Honors Mediation Advocacy (JD students only)
  • International Commercial Arbitration Procedure and Practice*
  • International Commercial Arbitration Theory and Doctrine*
  • International Commercial Arbitration**
  • International Investment Disputes
  • International Litigation+
  • Interviewing, Counseling and Planning
  • Investor Advocacy Clinic (JD students only)
  • Lawyering Process+
  • Moot Court- International (JD students only)
  • Moot Court- Interschool Competition (JD students only)
  • Restorative Justice
  • Selected Issues in Dispute Resolution:
    • Apology, Forgiveness and Reconciliation
    • Dispute Resolution Systems Design
    • Dispute Resolution and Technology
    • Employment Disputes
    • Entertainment Industry Disputes
    • Ethical Practices in Dispute Resolution
    • Healthcare Dispute Resolution
    • Intellectual Property
    • Labor Disputes
    • Managing Litigation and Conflict for Corporations and Organizations
    • Mass Torts
    • Ombuds
  • Special Education Advocacy Clinic+
  • Trial Practice+
  • Trial Preparation and Settlement+
  • or a Substantive Law Class with Institute Approval (non-law students only)


* If this course was not taken to fulfill the arbitration requirement, it can be taken as an elective.

+ This course is only available to law students, law school graduates or LLM candidates.

** Students cannot enroll in this class if they have already taken ICA Theory and Doctrine or ICA Procedure and Practice without faculty approval