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Straus Institute Featured in “What Makes a Great LL.M. Program?” – SmartLawyer Magazine

Pepperdine Caruso Law’s Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution is featured in the SmartLawyer magazine article, “What Makes a Great LL.M. Program?” The Straus Institute makes the publication’s Honor Roll for two of its LL.M. programs: Dispute Resolution and International Commercial Arbitration. The Honor Roll is determined based on several factors including curricula, practical training, job placement, and extracurricular activities.

The Straus Institute is ranked #1 in the U.S. News & World Report 2023 Best Dispute Resolution Programs rankings. This marks the 14th time in the past 18 years that the Straus Institute has been recognized as the top Alternative Dispute Resolution program in the country. 

Excerpt from “What Makes a Great LL.M. Program?

Pepperdine University Rick J. Caruso School of Law has more than a sweet location going for it (it’s on the coast of Malibu). Its dispute resolution program, anchored by the renowned Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, is one of the nation’s best, if not the best. So it should come as no surprise that it offers an LL.M. in that specialty, with three concentrations: mediation, arbitration and litigation.

That’s one of the LL.M.s making our Honor Roll, the other being International Commercial Arbitration. The school offers seven LL.M. programs in all.

Dispute resolution is growing more popular all of the time, noted Sukhsimranjit Singh, director of the school’s LL.M. program. It saves both time and money as compared to tradition litigation, he said. Additionally, it’s less combative and helps preserve relationships between the actors. Additionally, it crosses borders, meaning it’s accepted and practiced by many different nations and is seen as a viable, progressive tool.

“It’s a worldwide phenomenon,” he said.

And Pepperdine Caruso Law is on the forefront of helping lawyers develop these skills via the LL.M. programs.

The complete article may be found at SmartLawyer