Online Master of Laws in Dispute Resolution

From Pepperdine Law’s Top-Ranked Straus Institute

A Premier Program in Dispute Resolution

The online LLM in Dispute Resolution program empowers lawyers around the globe to be a driving force in solving the most pressing conflicts of today. Delivered by Pepperdine Law’s top-ranked,1 ABA-accredited Straus Institute, the program prepares you to become a successful mediator between people, organizations, and policymakers.

In as few as 12 months, you will gain a deep knowledge of the root causes of conflict, both on an individual and global level. You will also study arbitration and negotiation, so you’ll be prepared to positively affect change and solve disputes in your community and the world at large.


JD or first professional degree in law required.

Why Earn a Master of Laws in Dispute Resolution?

Attorneys who earn an LLM in Dispute Resolution are equipped to solve problems and facilitate peaceful negotiation between parties without having to set foot in a courtroom. These skills are especially beneficial in today’s world, where conflict is common but can often be solved without litigation.

Through in-depth exploration of arbitration, negotiation, and mediation theory and practice, this online LLM degree will help you pursue a career advocating for your clients as you seek to find a middle ground.

Propel Your Law Career Forward

Sharpen your mediation and negotiation skills with Pepperdine’s online Master of Laws in Dispute Resolution.

Propel Your Law Career Forward

Sharpen your mediation and negotiation skills with Pepperdine’s online Master of Laws in Dispute Resolution.

Highly Regarded Curriculum

Pepperdine Law’s online LLM program is one of the first of its kind in the U.S. Our curriculum is taught by the same distinguished faculty who teach our on-campus program, and it examines the legal, psychological, and cultural factors that affect conflict and complex negotiations.

You can complete the 26-unit program on a 12- or 24-month track, and you’ll have the flexibility to tailor your learning experience with an array of electives.

Core Courses

The 10 units of core courses equip you with the foundation you need to be an effective negotiator. Course topics include negotiation theory and practice, cross-cultural conflict and dispute resolution, and the psychology of conflict communication.

Elective Courses

The 14 units of elective courses allow you to customize your learning based on your professional goals as an attorney. Course topics include divorce and family mediation, environmental and public policy dispute resolution, and conflict and systems design for corporations and organizations.

In-Person Residencies

As part of the program, you will join your classmates and Pepperdine faculty on campus during two weekend residencies. In these immersive learning experiences, worth 1 unit each, you will engage in hands-on learning while also networking with dispute resolution experts from around the globe.


Learning Outcomes

Students will graduate having mastered dispute resolution theory, and will know how to apply it in real-world situations to solve the conflicts of today.

Learning outcomes of the program include:

  • Knowledge and understanding of negotiation, mediation, and arbitration theory and practice.
  • Proficiency in critical reasoning and strategic dispute resolution analysis.
  • In-depth knowledge of alternative dispute resolution methods.
  • A deep understanding of the psychology of conflict.
  • The fundamentals of cross-cultural conflict and dispute resolution.
  • An understanding of dispute resolution as it relates to public policy.
  • Hands-on experience applying theories to real-world practice through mock trials and immersive experiences.

Career Paths in Dispute Resolution

Lawyers who pursue our online LLM in Dispute Resolution gain a competitive edge in their field and can further focus their law careers in arbitration, negotiation, and mediation.

Upon completing the program, attorneys may work:

  • Solving disputes for clients using alternative dispute resolution methods.
  • Consulting for organizations, helping to solve major disputes within their company.
  • Helping families mediate and find a solution that works for both parties during a divorce.
  • Aiding government agencies to help find a middle ground and push policy forward.
  • Investigating maladministration complaints made on public authorities, hospitals, prisons, or universities, as an ombudsman.

Prepare to Solve Today’s Most Pressing Conflicts

Learn more about Pepperdine’s online Master of Laws in Dispute
Resolution today.

Prepare to Solve Today’s Most Pressing Conflicts

Learn more about Pepperdine’s online Master of Laws in Dispute Resolution today.

Pepperdine Law Admissions

Pepperdine Law’s online Master of Laws in Dispute Resolution program offers multiple start dates throughout the year.

Students who apply by the priority deadline for their intended cohort will be granted an application fee waiver and receive an earlier decision, allowing them to register for classes sooner. Priority deadline applicants should contact an admissions counselor to receive the waiver before submitting an application.

Program Start Dates and Application Deadlines
Classes Begin Early Decision Deadline Priority Deadline Final Deadline
January 2020 Friday, September 20, 2019 Friday, October 11, 2019 Friday, November 8, 2019
May 2020 TBD Friday, February 14, 2020 Friday, March 13, 2020
September 2020 TBD Friday, June 19, 2020 Friday, July 17, 2020

Application Requirements

U.S. applicants must have a JD degree from an ABA-accredited university, and international applicants must have the first degree in law required for law practice in their country. Pepperdine Law does not require GMAT or GRE scores.

Candidates must submit the following materials to be considered for admission:

  • Online application with a fee of $50
  • Official transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose
  • Resume
  • Video interview

Domestic applicants only
All U.S. applicants must submit their JD class rank or a document from their school indicating they do not issue class ranks.

International applicants only
All international applicants must submit evaluated transcripts and confirmation of their English fluency through a TOEFL or IETLS score. Applicants can request a Skype interview in lieu of submitting a score.

Ready to get started? Begin your application.

Tuition and Financial Aid

An LLM program requires an investment of time and finances, but many resources exist to help students offset the cost of tuition, such as employer financial assistance, scholarships, and loan programs. Tuition is charged per unit hour for a total of 26 units.

Learn more about financial aid options.

The Online Experience

Pepperdine Law’s Online Master of Laws in Dispute Resolution program blends self-paced and online learning to create an interactive experience that fits into lawyers’ busy lives. Students in the online program have access to the same support services and resources as students on campus.

Attend live online classes and complete interactive course work that reflects the latest thinking in the field—course work is accessible from a laptop or mobile device.

Learn from leading scholars and lawyers who hail from all parts of the world—including the U.S., Canada, Latin America, Asia, and Europe—without having to move to California.

Benefit from practical learning experiences including mock trials and exercises that reinforce your mediation skills and help you apply your knowledge at work in real time.

Receive a complimentary WeWork Global Access membership that gives you access to hundreds of workspaces worldwide where you can study, print, network, and use Wi-Fi.