Pepperdine’s online Master of Legal Studies program is designed for non-lawyers looking to gain expertise in the US legal system. Students will become well-versed in legal practices that help them better execute their job responsibilities and communicate more effectively in their roles.
The foundation and core courses in Pepperdine Law’s Master of Legal Studies program focus on areas of law that touch nearly every industry, including legal research, regulatory compliance, litigation, contracts, negotiation, and torts. To help inform students’ writing and research in these areas, we provide access to Lexis Advance®, an extensive legal research database with information on state cases, regulations, statutes, and legislation. Students will also have access to citation assistance and analysis and practical guidance from attorneys.
Students have the opportunity to investigate specific areas of law, such as health law, education law, and intellectual property. They may also elect the dispute resolution concentration to focus their studies in arbitration practice, confliction management and mediation theory. The Straus Institute at Pepperdine Law is ranked the number one law school for dispute resolution in the country by U.S. News & World Report.
Online and On-Campus Learning
The cornerstone of our learning format is the live online classes, during which students review legal concepts with Pepperdine Law faculty members each week. Students complete weekly course work on their own schedule and discuss relevant topics during their live classes.
Pepperdine’s Master of Legal Studies is a hybrid program—while the majority of the learning takes place online, students also attend two in-person residencies. These residencies provide a valuable opportunity for students to network with their peers, apply the skills they have gained in class, and build lifelong connections to the Pepperdine community.
Available Full Time and Part Time
The online Master of Legal Studies consists of 32 units. Students who are enrolled full time can typically graduate in 16 months, and those who are enrolled part time can typically graduate in 28 months.