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Institutes at Pepperdine School of Law

Expanding Opportunities

At Pepperdine School of Law Institutes, students, legal practitioners, and other professionals gather to expand knowledge inside and outside the classroom. Opportunities for enrichment include study tours abroad, volunteer initiatives, lectures, and continuing education for CLE credit.

Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution

Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution

The internationally acclaimed Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution is at the forefront of preparing lawyers and neutrals to settle conflicts by utilizing the full range of dispute resolution processes, including negotiation, conciliation, mini-trials, judicial settlement, mediation, arbitration, and litigation.

Parris Institute for Professional Formation

Parris Institute for Professional Formation at Pepperdine Law

The Parris Institute for Professional Formation is established to make Pepperdine Law School the national leader for developing law students and lawyers who radiate the highest ideals embedded in the earliest traditions of the pursuit of justice and the profession of law.

Wm. Matthew Byrne, Jr. Judicial Clerkship Institute

Clerkship at Pepperdine Law

Each year, Pepperdine University School of Law brings law students from across the country to its campus for the Wm. Matthew Byrne, Jr., Judicial Clerkship Institute (Byrne JCI). Through the Byrne JCI, students who have been accepted into federal judicial clerkship positions have the opportunity to gain distinctive, comprehensive training by federal judges.

Herbert and Elinor Nootbaar Institute on Law, Religion and Ethics

Herbert Nootbaar and Pepperdine President Andrew Benton

The Herbert and Elinor Nootbaar Institute on Law, Religion, and Ethics was created to explore the nexus between these three disciplines, with particular emphasis on the intersection of faith and law. The Institute encourages the examination of law as a theological vocation from the broad range of Christian, Jewish, and other religious perspectives represented in the law school's students, staff, and faculty.

Geoffrey H. Palmer Center for Entrepreneurship and the Law

Geoffrey H.  Palmer at Pepperdine Law

Endowed by 1975 alumnus, Geoffery H. Palmer, the Palmer Center is designed to prepare students for the heightened demands and unique opportunities that technology presents in such areas as business, entertainment law, securities regulation, and intellectual property rights. With a diverse curriculum, the center offers a multidisciplinary certificate program that integrates the study of law, business, and technology, preparing each student (fellow) to be a hybrid of lawyer, business consultant, and financial strategist.