Pepperdine Law's online Master of Legal Studies program teaches nonlawyers the fundamental legal skills they need to better execute their responsibilities. These professional roles may include:
- Legal consultants who advise on contracts and compliance.
- Paralegals who research and draft legal documents.
- Administrators who navigate complex healthcare laws.
- Politicians who work to shape public policy.
- Consultants who serve lawyers and law firms.
The Pepperdine Law online Master of Legal Studies program gives professionals across the United States access to a superior legal education without having to relocate or put their careers on hold. Students analyze and interpret legal concepts to make more informed decisions at work and enhance their professional credibility with their partners, clients, constituents, and employers.
Pepperdine Law's online Master of Legal Studies program is accredited by Western Association of School and Colleges (WASC).
Pepperdine Law is located in Malibu, California. We empower students with the legal expertise and ethical judgment to meet the complex challenges they may encounter in their professional roles.
Virtual, Face-to-Face Classes
An essential element of our online Master of Legal Studies experience is the live classes of approximately 15 students each. Hands-on learning and personal support are vital to Pepperdine Law's educational philosophy, and the virtual classroom allows for mock exercises and ample, personal interaction between students and faculty.
Dispute Resolution Concentration
All students take the same core courses and attend two residencies. Students can then choose to customize their program by selecting from elective courses that pertain to specific fields. Course topics include education law, health law, intellectual property, and employment law.
Students in the online Master of Legal Studies program may also hone their legal skills in arbitration and conflict mediation by selecting the dispute resolution concentration. As a growing number of legal cases are settled outside of the courtroom, a formal educational background in dispute resolution is an optimal choice for many legal professionals. The Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine Law is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the number one law school for dispute resolution.
Pepperdine Law Master of Legal Studies distance education degree program has been granted acquiescence by the American Bar Association.