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Online Master of Legal Studies

Tailor Your MLS Degree

The online Master of Legal Studies program enables professionals to develop superior legal expertise and credentials to advance with confidence within their chosen field. Students analyze and interpret legal concepts to make more informed decisions at work and enhance their credibility with their partners, clients, constituents, and employers. Students can follow a more general course of study without a concentration, or declare a concentration in dispute resolution, human resources, or litigation.


Program Highlights



No GRE/LSAT Scores Required to Apply


Ranked Law School for Dispute Resolution1


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1 Pepperdine University Graduate School Rankings. (Ranked in 2022). U.S. News and World Report. Retrieved May 30, 2023.





Dispute Resolution

Hone your legal skills in arbitration and conflict mediation.

Human Resources

Gain a solid understanding of the legal system and employment law.


Build on your expertise with litigation-specific course work.


Why Pepperdine


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.



Online Classes.
In-Person Residencies.


Flexible Course Schedules


Small Class Sizes


Global Alumni Network



Take the Next Step

Reach out to us to learn more about Pepperdine's online MLS program. Fill out the Request Information form below to find out more about the program and upcoming information sessions.




Admission and Tuition

Application Requirements

A bachelor's degree is required for admission. Pepperdine Caruso School of Law, however, does not require GMAT, GRE, or LSAT scores.

Candidates must submit the following materials to be considered for admission:

  • Transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose
  • Resume

Fill out the form to learn more about application requirements and upcoming deadlines.


100% of Applicants Are Considered for Scholarships

All applicants are also reviewed for partial scholarships at the time of application, without the need for any additional documentation.

Financial Aid

Financial aid options are available for those who qualify.


Dean Chalak Richards walks with a student outside

Distinguished Faculty

Pepperdine Caruso School of Law faculty are accomplished legal scholars and experts. All are committed to providing students with the resources they need to succeed in our online Master of Legal Studies program. Our faculty members empower their students with the legal expertise and ethical judgment they need to meet the complex challenges they may encounter in their professional roles.




"I feel like this degree has really helped me be more marketable because I am sometimes competing with JDs, but my strategic advantage is that I’ll have knowledge of the law but at a more flexible rate than a JD would need salary-wise."

Mark Rapanut, Compliance leader in the cannabis industry

"I gravitated toward Pepperdine because of the full depth and breadth of law in general and not just a specific niche. I liked the idea of being expansive in my personal life as well as my professional life."

Rachel Sile, Technology business management analyst for the U.S. Court System


Request Information

Complete the program in as few as 12 months and propel your law career forward in dispute resolution.
Request more information below to get started.