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LLM in Dispute Resolution

Tailor Your Degree through Theory and Practice

The LLM in Dispute Resolution is considered the premier program in dispute resolution and offers students the most amount of flexibility in their dispute resolution education. This 26 unit program is structured with a balance of theory and practice. Students will focus on a variety of ADR mechanisms including negotiation, mediation and arbitration, as well as gain practice through the requisite Mediation Clinic and Externship program. Students can follow a more general course of study without a concentration, or declare a concentration in mediation, arbitration or litigation.





This concentration will allow students to use their electives to focus on aspects of the mediation process.



This concentration provides students with the flexibility to balance both domestic and international arbitration topics.



This concentration focuses on understanding the US legal process through practice-oriented law courses.




Tailor your degree from the nine degrees/programs available


Dispute Resolution Courses

Choose from more than 50 courses in Dispute Resolution


Top-Ranked Program

The globally recognized Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution has been ranked among the top three programs in the nation for nearly two decades.


International Alumni

Our alumni represent more than 63 countries

Why Pepperdine

Pepperdine has risen further and faster than any law school in America. No other place can match our distinctive Pepperdine community marked by excellence, Christian values, and rigorous legal training. Diverse in our background and faiths, we are united in our commitment to embolden you to reach higher than you ever thought possible.



Beautiful Malibu, CA Campus


Flexible Course Schedules


Small Class Sizes
7:1 Student:Faculty


Global Alumni Network


Take the Next Step

Reach out to us to learn more about Pepperdine's LLM in Dispute Resolution program.

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Start Your Application

Accepted on a rolling basis, applications need to be submitted prior to the intended start date and up to one year in advance.


Admission and Tuition

Scholarship Deadlines for Fall

International Students


Domestic Students



Application Requirements

Applicants for admission to the Pepperdine Caruso School of Law's Master of Laws program must have completed the first degree of law required for law practice or law teaching in the country in which law studies were pursued.

Candidates must submit the following materials to be considered for admission:

  • Application through LSAC
  • Official transcripts for all degrees earned or in-progress, including any available class rankings. Transcripts originating outside the United States must be evaluated before submission to Pepperdine
  • One to two page personal statement
  • Current resum√© or CV
  • Two narrative letters of recommendation or completed Personal Evaluation Forms

Learn more about application requirements


$64,480 per year



100% of Applicants Considered for Scholarship


Learn more about LLM student scholarships

Let Us Show You Around

Newly renovated in 2018, the law school is perched atop the iconic Pepperdine University Malibu, California campus. Let us take you on a tour through the entire law school, from the classrooms to the on-campus housing and show you all of the people and resources available to equip you with all you need to succeed in your legal education.



Blazo Nedic LLM alumnus

Although I had over 10 years of mediation and ADR practice before coming to Pepperdine, the LLM program at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution truly enabled me to raise my skills and academic education to new levels.

LLM '18

Contact Us

Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution
Pepperdine Caruso Law
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263



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