LLM in United States Law
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 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 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.
Mireille Butler is Faculty Director of the LLM in U.S. Law and teaches Legal Research and Writing
to first-year law school students and LLM International students. She is regularly
invited to speak at conferences on a variety of Legal Research and Writing topics
(including the annual meeting of the Association of American Law Schools and the Legal
Writing Institute Biennial Conference). Finally, as a former assistant dean for career
development, she also regularly counsels students and alumni regarding their career
and job search strategies.
The Pepperdine Advantage
Study in Spectacular Southern 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.
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. Historically Pepperdine has an exemplary record of preparing its JD students for the state bar exam. In 2016, the Maine Board of Bar Examiners recognized one of our graduates, Emily T. White, for earning (a) the highest essay score on the Maine Bar Exam, and (b) the highest overall score on the Maine Bar Exam. Over the past three years, Pepperdine JD students averaged a 76% pass-rate on the California Bar Exam, one of the toughest bar exams in the country.
Learn from Faculty Experts
Our professors are legal experts, international authors, and award-winning mentors. Prof. Ed Larson has received a Pulitzer Prize for his writings in legal history and has lectured on all seven continents; Prof. Jack Coe is an associate reporter for the Restatement on the U.S. Law of International Commercial Arbitration, and he has chaired (1) the Disputes Division of the ABA International Law Section and (2) the Academic Council of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration; and Dean Paul Caron was named the third most influential person in legal education by The National Jurist in 2015, and one of the 100 most influential people in tax and accounting every year since 2006 by Accounting Today. Thanks to our low student-faculty ratio, our students get to know their professors and 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 interests and goals. After taking a set of core courses to introduce students to the key areas of U.S. law, students can choose from over 155 courses to complete their LLM program. The Program's Director will help advise and mentor students through the process of designing their individual LLM program.
Experience a Supportive Learning Environment
Please see course catalog for complete list of doctrinal law courses.