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Pepperdine | Caruso School of Law

The Pepperdine-Heidelberg Collaborative

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Students now have the ability to study at Heidelberg University and earn an LLM from Pepperdine University Caruso School of Law with one semester of residence.

Students need to have completed their first degree in law and be admitted to both schools before matriculating at either university.  Students can transfer up to 8 units of pre-approved coursework from Heidelberg to Pepperdine.

The Collaborative LLM with the Heidelberg Law School will require a total of 28 units of coursework.  Students can focus their courses in international commercial arbitration or declare a concentration in Mediation, Arbitration or Litigation.

Required Coursework

Courses in Malibu: 14 units

Negotiation Theory and Practice                                           2 units                                     
Mediation Theory and Practice 2 units
Psychology of Conflict Communication 2 units
Mediation Clinic 2 units
Arbitration Course (one of three options) 2 units
2 Elective Courses 2 units each (4 units total)

Approved Heidelberg Courses

Pepperdine recognizes up to 8 units of the following courses:

Transnational Commercial Law                                                                     
Public International Law
International Choice of Laws
International Law and Procedure (Colloquium)
International Dispute Resolution
European Commercial Law
Comparative Law (General Course)
Comparative Law (workshop)
Cross Border Mergers, Acquisitions and Mobility of Companies
Negotiation Workshop
Seminars on different subjects in the area of international dispute resolution

Independent Coursework

The following 4 units of coursework are supervised from Malibu, but can be completed in locations across the globe:

Independent Study Project                                                     2 units
Externship 2 units

Students need to apply for admission to both Heidelberg Law School and Pepperdine University Caruso School of Law.  

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