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Online Law Programs Celebrate Winter Commencement

In the age of instant accessibility, Pepperdine Caruso Law looked to technology to offer a superior legal education to working professionals with a wide range of backgrounds. For those looking to set themselves apart, advance their career, and gain a solid foundation in the law, Caruso Law created two online master's programs: a Master of Dispute Resolution (MDR) and a Master of Legal Studies (MLS). And on Friday, January 17, the law school hosted its first Online Programs Winter Commencement. Nearly seventy graduates and their families traveled from all over the country to celebrate this milestone in their education.

"Our students come from many walks and stages of life, but they are united in a desire to learn about and apply the law and dispute resolution in their careers and lives, said Assistant Dean of Strategic Initiatives Jason Jarvis. "Completing a rigorous graduate law program remotely while maintaining busy professional and personal lives always impresses me, and thus I'm confident in saying each of our graduates will make impressive use of their Pepperdine Caruso Law degrees."

This winter, Caruso Law awarded 25 Master of Dispute Resolution and 56 Master of Legal Studies degrees. In order to complete their degree, in addition to the traditional coursework, students participated in immersive residency courses in Malibu, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC. This allowed them to examine case studies and engage in critical discussions, role play, and participate in mock trials to demonstrate how mediators, lawyers, and clients resolve controversies and solve legal problems.

In his Commencement invocation, Professor Jeffrey Baker addressed this unique class of students, expressing, "We are grateful for the law and our liberty. Lead us to justice, mercy, faith, hope, and love in our work, lives, study, and citizenship."

President Jim Gash joined the ceremony to deliver the keynote address and hand out degrees alongside Dean Paul Caron.

The online Pepperdine Caruso School of Law programs are taught by the same distinguished faculty who teach on campus. They ensure that all students feel supported as they gain the legal and mediation expertise they need to advance in their careers. For more on the Online Master's Degree Programs from Caruso Law, please visit the website.