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Expanding Opportunities

At Pepperdine Caruso 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

Paul Caron shakes a man's hand at the 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.


Sudreau Global Justice Institute

Inmates gather for plea bargaining in Uganda

The Sudreau Global Justice Institute partners with governments around the world to implement equitable laws and systems, and we provide training to judges, lawyers, and key stakeholders along the way. The Institute provides law students and practicing attorneys academic training and hands-on opportunities around the world to advocate on the behalf of those in need.


Parris Institute for Professional Formation

Parris Institute for Professional Formation at Pepperdine Caruso Law

The Parris Institute for Professional Formation is established to make Pepperdine Caruso 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 Caruso Law

Each year, Pepperdine University Caruso 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

Students enjoying the front lawn of the School of Law

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

four young professionals outside of the Pepperdine Calabasas campus

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.


Ken Starr Institute for Faith, Law, and Public Service

Ken Starr

Shaped by former Caruso School of Law dean Ken Starr's personal and professional guiding values, the Ken Starr Institute for Faith, Law, and Public Service cultivates a community of scholars through a framework of faith, a spirit of viewpoint diversity, and a commitment to developing scholars who will uphold the rule of law and serve their nation with integrity and compassion.