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US Law and Dispute Resolution

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.


Required General Courses - 6 units

  • Negotiation Theory and Practice
  • Mediation Theory and Practice
  • Legal Research and Writing I (Required only for international attorneys)

One of the Following Arbitration Courses - 2 units

  • International Commercial Arbitration Theory and Doctrine
  • International Commercial Arbitration Procedure and Practice
  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • Arbitration Practice and Advocacy

Required Doctrinal Law Courses - 18 units of the following

Courses tested on the bar include:

  • Civil Procedure
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts
  • Corporations
  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Federal Income Taxation
  • Introduction to Ethical Lawyering
  • Property
  • Remedies
  • Torts
  • Wills and Trusts

Please see course catalog for complete list of doctrinal law courses

Additional LLM Programs Available:

LLM in Dispute Resolution with the Concentrations in


Why Get an LLM from Pepperdine?

Qualify for the NY or CA Bar While Focusing in ADR

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With the increased use of dispute resolution, more international attorneys and judges are choosing to specialize in negotiation, mediation or arbitration while meeting the requirements to sit for the California or New York Bar exam

An Executive Format that offers Flexible Scheduling

Students at Straus Institute Pepperdine School of Law

With courses available in one-week, two-weekend and the traditional full-semester format, professionals in the field can pursue the program on a part-time or full-time basis at a pace that matches their busy schedule.  Visit Course Schedules for additional detail

Now Offering the LLM to JD Transfer Program

JD classroom at Pepperdine School of Law

Pepperdine LLM students now have the opportunity to apply to the JD Program as transfer students without taking the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). More about the LLM to JD Transfer Program  >

Summer Legal English Training Program

Summer Legal English Training at Pepperdine School of Law

This four-week training program is designed to strengthen legal speaking, listening, reading and writing abilities for non-native speakers, and will meet for four weeks in July. More about the Summer English Program >

Award Winning Dispute Resolution Education

US News Ranking for Dispute Resolution

In addition to U.S. News & World Report, Pepperdine has been recognized by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, California Dispute Resolution Council, American College of Civil Trial Mediators and the International Academy of Mediators.

Read more about the U.S. News Rankings

Translate Theory into Practice

Theory to Practice at Pepperdine Law

Gain practical experience learning to negotiate, mediate and arbitrate. Students have the opportunity to develop their skills mediating real cases through the clinical and externship programs.

Most Extensive Dispute Resolution Curriculum

Straus Insitute at Pepperdine School of Law

Pepperdine offers the most comprehensive curriculum with over 50 different dispute resolution courses for the Certificate, Masters and LLM in Dispute Resolution programs, including several dispute resolution clinics and externships.

World's Largest Conflict Resolution Library

AAA Library at Pepperdine School of Law

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.

Related Programs

Mid- and late-career attorneys and judges who cannot dedicate a year to the traditional LLM program have the option to participate in this pilot program in London, England, and Los Angeles, California. 

More about the European LLM Program