Dual Degree in Master of Legal Studies and Master of Dispute Resolution

Earn Two Law Master’s in Two Years

Pepperdine Law’s dual degree offering is designed for professionals who want to gain a solid foundation of the law and become more effective negotiators and arbitrators. Students can pursue a dual degree in Master of Legal Studies and Master of Dispute Resolution in just 50 units, instead of the usual 64, so they can go on to interpret complex legal topics and tactfully solve disputes.


How the Dual Degree Works

Students can earn their Master of Legal Studies and Master of Dispute Resolution in either order—degrees will be earned and awarded separately. Once one of the degrees has been earned, students will only need to take an additional 18–22 units to earn their second one, allowing them to complete both degrees in as few as 24 months.

Earning a Master
of Legal Studies
First

Students who earn their online Master of Legal Studies (MLS) from Pepperdine Law can earn their online Master of Dispute Resolution (MDR) by taking an additional 18–22 units. This is possible because of the overlap in requirements between the two degrees—once you’ve earned your MLS, you’ll have already taken at least 10 but up to 14 of the 32 units needed for the MDR degree.

Earning a Master
of Dispute Resolution First

Students who earn their online Master of Dispute Resolution (MDR) from Pepperdine Law can earn their online Master of Legal Studies (MLS) by taking an additional 18 units. This is possible because of the overlap in requirements between the two degrees—once you’ve earned your MDR, you’ll have already taken 14 of the 32 units needed for the MLS degree.

Take One Step Toward Earning Two Degrees

Get the legal knowledge and tactful mediation skills you need to advance in your career. Request information to learn more about Pepperdine Law’s dual degree program.

Curriculum

A dual degree in Master of Dispute Resolution and Master of Legal Studies at Pepperdine Law requires 50 units. Residency courses are 1 unit each, and all other courses are 2 units each. All courses are taken over eight-week sessions with a typical course load consisting of two courses per term.

General Foundation Courses (6 units – required)

Introduction to US Law and Legal System

2 units

Legal Research and Writing for Non-lawyers

2 units

Negotiation Theory and Practice

2 units

MLS Core Courses (12 units – required)

Civil Procedure and Litigation

2 units

Constitutional Law

2 units

Contracts

2 units

Criminal Law and Procedure

2 units

Property

2 units

Torts

2 units

MDR Core Courses (10 units – required)

Mediation Theory and Practice

2 units

Arbitration Theory and Practice

2 units

Cross-Cultural Conflict and Dispute Resolution

2 units

Psychology of Conflict Communication

2 units

Selected Issues: Employment Disputes

2 units

Residency Courses (4 units – required)

MLS Residency 1: Law, the Legal System, and Society

1 unit

MLS Residency 2: Law in Practice

1 unit

MDR Residency 1: Reactions to Conflict and Conflict Resolution

1 unit

MDR Residency 2: Dispute Resolution in Practice 2

1 unit

MLS Elective Courses (Choose 6 units)

Administrative Law and Regulatory Compliance

2 units

Business Organizations

2 units

Education Law

2 units

Health Law

2 units

Intellectual Property

2 units

Employment Law

2 units

MDR Elective Courses (Choose 12 units)

Environmental and Public Policy Dispute Resolution

2 units

Advanced Mediation Seminar

2 units

Selected Issues: Divorce and Family Mediation

2 units

Selected Issues: Apology, Forgiveness, and Reconciliation

2 units

Selected Issues: Entertainment

2 units

Selected Issues: Conflict and Systems Design for Corporations and Organizations

2 units

Selected Issues: Ombuds

2 units