Online Master of Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine Law
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Grow as a Leader with Advanced Mediation and Negotiation Expertise
Conflict in the workplace can be unavoidable. But when left unchecked, interpersonal and systemic conflict can impede workflow and prevent businesses from reaching their goals. Well-rounded professionals with an understanding of the art of conflict resolution and mediation can keep organizations running smoothly and lead businesses to new opportunities for growth.
The online Master of Dispute Resolution (MDR) program is offered by Pepperdine Law’s Straus Institute, which is top-ranked for dispute resolution in the U.S. News & World Report 2020 law school rankings. The program empowers professionals across a variety of industries to judiciously resolve conflicts between parties and artfully negotiate complex transactions. By learning to overcome obstacles to achieve better organizational outcomes, students position themselves for career advancement and new leadership roles.
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Mediator as a Job Title vs. Mediation as a Skill Set
In the past, settlement efforts for litigated cases have been limited to a judge's decision. Now, more and more individuals are deciding to settle their legal disputes outside the courtroom through a type of alternative dispute resolution called mediation. This type of dispute resolution involves mediators who facilitate negotiations between disputing parties and reach a solution. The disputing parties, occasionally by recommendation of a judge, typically select a mediator who is a lawyer or retired judge, often members of the state bar, with expertise in the issue at hand. As a result, it is unlikely that students will complete the MDR program and pursue a career as a mediator for litigated cases. Instead, the MDR program will help students learn mediation as a problem solving skill set rather than as a job title.
Mediation is an invaluable skill that is common among top leaders and allows them to effectively manage conflicts and solve issues that arise in the workplace. The MDR program provides the mediation skills that are important for those who:
- are motivated to improve change management processes and overall communication within their organization
- want to become a more effective manager of employees
- want to further develop problem solving abilities
- want to advance their career
Learn more about careers and opportunities in arbitration in a blog post from Pepperdine Law’s Associate Dean of the Straus Institute of Dispute Resolution, Thomas Stipanowich.
A Collaborative Online Experience
Pepperdine Law’s Online Master of Dispute Resolution (MDR) program blends self-paced and face-to-face online learning using the Zoom video-conferencing platform to create an interactive experience that fits into students’ busy lives. Students in the online program have access to the same support services and resources as students on campus, creating an equally rich and academically engaging learning environment.