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LLM in United States Law

Study Among Scholars

The LLM in United States Law is designed for international legal professionals looking to study U.S. law under internationally recognized scholars. In particular, Pepperdine University Caruso School of Law offers an unparalleled student experience. Situated overlooking the Pacific Ocean in beautiful Malibu on the edge of vibrant Los Angeles, California, the spectacular location is surpassed only by the law school's student-centered teaching philosophy. The Caruso School of Law is well-known for the warmth and accessibility of its faculty and staff, and for its family atmosphere at the diverse, student body level. The LLM in U.S. Law offers a Fundamentals Track for students interested in sitting for a U.S. bar exam and a Flexible Track for those interested in maximizing the flexibility to design their own program.

Program Benefits



Qualify for a U.S. Bar Exam

Students who choose the LLM in U.S. Law's "Fundamentals Track" choose courses that prepare them to sit for the bar exam in California, New York, or another state.


Learn from Faculty Experts

Our professors are legal experts, international authors, and award-winning mentors. Get hands-on guidance from nationally recognized scholars and educators.


Design Your Own Program

Students who choose the LLM in U.S. Law's "Flexible Track" get a greater say in the courses in their LLM program to individualize the experience to their professional goals.


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A Practice-Oriented Approach

The LLM in Unites States law 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.

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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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Supportive Learning Environment

The Princeton Review recently ranked our faculty the sixth best in the country with the highest possible score for accessibility. Competition is inherent in legal education, but Pepperdine works hard to ensure that we have a learning environment that promotes productive competition, not destructive competition.

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Study in California

Enjoy the excitement of a fast-paced city along with the peaceful environment of Malibu. Located just 35 miles northwest of Los Angeles - a thriving hub for legal practice and international culture - our 830-acre campus offers breathtaking views and a 40,000 square-foot library facility.


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 United States Law 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


Admission Deadlines

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and need to be submitted prior to the intended start date.

Courses start in the Fall (mid-August), Spring (early January), and Summer (late May) terms. Applications can be submitted up to one year in advance; it is recommended that international students submit their applications at least four months prior to their expected start date. Applicants for the LLM in U.S. Law program should note that program only begins during the fall semester.


Application Requirements

All applicants are required to submit:

  • 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

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$64,480 per year



100% of Applicants Considered for Scholarship


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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.

Contact Us

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



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