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LLM in International Commercial Arbitration

Build a Foundation in Arbitration and Mediation for CA or NY Bar

The LLM in International Commercial Arbitration is designed to combine a robust academic foundation, a capstone practice experience in which every student will gain experience in a mock international arbitration setting, methodical examination and practice of the negotiation and mediation processes, and enough electives for students to be able to sit for the New York or California bar exam.

Program Benefits



Now More than Ever

The world needs peacemakers. Study the field of conflict resolution to position yourself for the career of the future and advance your skills.


Tech-Savvy Faculty

Our faculty is well-practiced in the art and skill of remote instruction, promising a seamless and effect experience for every student.


Prestigious Institute

The Straus Institute is world-famous and highly ranked in the field of dispute resolution scholarship and training. Study with the best.


Professor Tom Stipnaowich teaching a practive oriented approach

A Practice-Oriented Approach

The Master of Dispute Resolution allows students the flexibility to customize their education and gain real-world experience through various clinics and externships. Pepperdine offered more opportunities to handle real cases than any other program in the US.

Students walking in front of the Harnish Law library at Caruso Law

World's Largest Conflict Resolution Library

Pepperdine is home to the American Arbitration Association Library and Information Center Collection. Founded in 1954 the AAA Library is the largest collection of conflict materials with over 24,000 titles.

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Values Centered Community

Our spiritual foundation, accessible faculty, and more than 30 student-led organizations all contribute to the unique experience that is Pepperdine Caruso Law.

London Bridge

Global Programs

Students can explore opportunities to study abroad in London, England, or Augsburg, Germany, as well as participate in externships and service projects around the world.

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


Accepts GRE for Admissions


Global Alumni Network


Take the Next Step

Reach out to us to learn more about Pepperdine's LLM in International Commercial Arbitration program.

Get In Touch

Fill out the Request Information form to learn about the opportunities that await you and get in contact with a recruiter.

Attend an Info Session

Join us to get an in-depth look into Caruso Law, our distinct program offerings and our admissions process, while engaging in Q&A.

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


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.

U.S. applicants must have an ABA-accredited JD degree. In exceptional cases, U.S. applicants with non-ABA-accredited law degrees may be considered.

Applications for the LLM program can be submitted online through the Law School Admission Council's LLM Credential Assembly Service, or directly to Pepperdine.

Learn more about application requirements


$64,480 per year



100% of Applicants Considered for Scholarship

$15,000 minimum scholarship guaranteed for applicants admitted to the LLM program and starting their studies during the Summer or Fall 2021 terms. Not applicable to joint degree applicants. Must submit complete application by the deadline to be considered for this scholarship:

March 1, 2021 for international students
April 15, 2021 for domestic students.

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.




LLM alumna Karinya Verghese

The classroom dynamic at Straus is anything but Socratic. It is highly dynamic and involved, and it's a participatory, wonderful, and energetic atmosphere. Additionally, Straus' greatest strength is its ability to really bring people together. When you join Straus, you really do join a family or a community and that ability to create an inclusive environment that recognizes everyone's individuality and skills is the greatest strength of that program and that school.

(LLM '15)

Contact Us

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



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