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LLM in US Law and Dispute Resolution

Qualify for a US Bar Exam

The LLM in US Law and Dispute Resolution is designed for students looking to focus on general law courses to qualify for a US bar exam. An LLM in US Law and Dispute Resolution provides legal professionals with advanced knowledge of the American legal and dispute resolution system. Attorneys living outside of the United States often pursue this graduate degree in order to practice in the United States or because their profession involves interactions with the legal systems of the United States.

Program Benefits



Qualify for a US Bar Exam

International students with a foreign law degree are eligible to sit for the California Bar Exam with one year of advanced law study.


Choose Your Format

The Straus Institute's courses are offered in a variety of formats including one week, two weekend, and fifteen week formats.


Tailor Your Schedule

Straus recognizes the schedule limitations for busy professionals, and offers the LLM programs with full-time or part-time options.

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 US Law and Dispute Resolution 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% Applicants Considered for Scholarship

Partial scholarships are considered at the point of application, without any additional documentation. Financial Aid options are available for those who qualify.

Learn more about LLM student scholarships



Sarah Gross headshot

I have worked for the courts and have seen the pros and cons of litigation, including the emotional toll it can have upon the parties involved. I was drawn to the ADR field to enhance my own skillset and explore how non-adversarial strategies can be used to diffuse conflict—particularly in family and probate law, where emotions can run high.

LLM '18



Accreditations and Recognitions

Best Grad Schools - U.S. News - Law Dispute Resolution 2023-24

The Straus Institute offers some of the most comprehensive Dispute Resolution programs in the world. Hands-on faculty, small class sizes, and flexible schedules make our Academic programs accessible and suitable for a variety of professional goals.


Dispute Resolution
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Best Professors for Accessibility
The Princeton Review, 2021


Best Law Schools
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