There is no better place to take a postgraduate dispute resolution degree but from the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law. The U.S. News and World Report ranked its Dispute Resolution Graduate Program #1 for 11 years in the 12 years it has existed. What also makes studying in Pepperdine School of Law attractive is its location, i.e., at the picturesque Malibu in California.
Pepperdine Law School offers a number of LLM programs but its LLM in Dispute Resolution is considered its premier postgraduate program that provides students with great amount of flexibility. The entire degree is made up of a total of 26 units and structured with a balance of theory and practice.
Students of this program will undergo different alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, e.g., mediation and arbitration, negotiation, and practice via the required Mediation Clinic and Externship program. Students may also opt to take the general course of study or decide to pursue a concentration, i.e., in litigation, arbitration or mediation. They can do this while also meeting the requirements that will allow them to sit the New York or California Bar exams.
Besides the LLM in Dispute Resolution, the Pepperdine Law School and the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution offer a diverse set of LLM programs, as follows:
- LLM in United States Law
- LLM in Entertainment, Media and Sports Law
- LLM in U.S. Law and Dispute Resolution
- LLM in International Commercial Arbitration
- LLM in International Commercial Law and Arbitration
- LLM in International Commercial Law and Dispute Resolution
Students taking the LLM programs in Pepperdine have the opportunity of applying to a JD program as transfer students. Doing so will not necessitate taking the LSAT. Applications to the LLM programs are on a rolling basis.