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Clinics and Practicums

Students pursuing a dispute resolution education at Pepperdine have several opportunities to gain experience through the following clinical and practicum programs:

Mediation Clinic

This course offers students the opportunity to mediate small claims, limited jurisdiction and Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) cases throughout Los Angeles County. This is a required course for the MDR and some LLM concentrations.

Investor Advocacy Clinic

This clinic is available to students by invitation only and provides representation for under-served clients with securities disputes. Students need to be willing to commit up to 16 months to see their cases to culmination.

Fair Employment and Housing Mediation Clinic

The Fair Employment Mediation Clinic students work directly with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) senior attorney-mediators preparing cases for mediation. Students gain experience settling employment discrimination complaints under departmental supervision. In 2013 the State Bar of California awarded DHEF and Pepperdine with the Education Pipeline Award, recognizing outstanding efforts of law-related educational programs.

Criminal Justice Dispute Resolution Program

In the Criminal Justice Dispute Resolution Practicum students work with teens in probation at the L.A. County Sheriff's facility at Camp Gonzalez and adults in the LA County Jail to teach peacemaking and dispute resolution as a part of coordinated efforts to reduce recidivism and to promote better outcomes in the criminal justice system. Students will receive intensive training in peacemaking and dispute resolution, and will assist in teaching and training clients using these skills and virtues. Students will develop knowledge and insight into the criminal justice and juvenile justice systems, develop critical cultural competence, and develop skills and virtues of dispute resolution.