Opportunities for International Students
The LLM basically set the theoretical groundwork for the work I am doing now. Being exposed to investment arbitraion proved to be very beneficial when I started here at Latham because representing states in investor-state disputes is now a major part of my practice.
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The Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine Caruso School of Law is honored to have the support of JAMS for sponsoring a full-tuition scholarship for Pepperdine's LLM program in the 2016 - 2017 academic year. JAMS is the largest for profit provider of mediation and arbitration services in the United States, with offices in more than 25 cities and more than 300 retired judges and senior lawyers on its panel. JAMS has been focusing on international opportunities, including the opening of an office in London, and sees this scholarship as an expression of its support for future international arbitration practitioners.
Students travel from around the world to study conflict and dispute resolution at the Straus Institute. Some of our most recent students and graduates have traveled from Canada, China, Germany, Korea, Mexico, Argentina, Greece, Republic of Georgia, Spain, Nepal, Czech Republic and Jordan to study dispute resolution. The Straus Institute has also hosted a variety of Fulbright scholars from Germany, Panama, Russia, South Africa, Czech Republic, Tunisia, El Salvador, Panama, Egypt, and Ukraine.
Candidates with the first degree of law required to practice or teach law can apply for our Masters of Laws (LLM), an advanced law degree in dispute resolution. Candidates without a law background who have a bachelor's degree or equivalent can apply for our Masters in Dispute Resolution (MDR) or Certificate in Dispute Resolution programs.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and need to be submitted prior to the intended start date.
Courses start in the Fall (mid-August), Spring (early January), and Summer (late May) terms. Applications can be submitted up to one year in advance; it is recommended that international students submit their applications at least four months prior to their expected start date. Applicants for the LLM in U.S. Law program should note that program only begins during the fall semester.
Scholarships are highly competitive and granted to admitted students on a rolling basis. The majority of partial scholarships are awarded between December and March 1 for the Fall term. All applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.
All applicants are required to submit:
- Application form online or through LSAC
- Official transcripts for all degrees earned or in-progress, including any available class rankings. Transcripts originating outside the United States must be evaluated before submission to Pepperdine
- One to two page personal statement
- Current resumé or CV
- Two narrative letters of recommendation or completed Personal Evaluation Forms