Master of Legal Studies Curriculum

Pepperdine Law’s online Master of Legal Studies is a 32-unit program. All students will complete the foundation courses, core courses, and residencies. Students can then tailor their learning experience by choosing from an array of elective courses. The courses are taught in six 8-week sessions across the calendar year. Students can typically complete the program in 16–28 months. See sample course schedules for 16-month and 28-month timelines.

Customize Your Curriculum

Students who desire to broaden their understanding of concepts in law that include business, healthcare, education, and advocacy can complete the general elective courses. Students who would like to hone their focus and gain skills in arbitration and conflict mediation, can pursue the dispute resolution concentration. Students who would like to learn the fundamental legal principles of human resources, including employment law and employee dispute resolution, can pursue a human resources concentration. The online Master of Legal Studies program also enables students to select a blend of both general and dispute resolution elective courses to best meet their academic and professional goals.

Master of Legal Studies Courses

Foundation Courses (4 units)

 

Core Courses (14 units)

 

Residencies (2 units)

 

General Elective Courses (12 units)

Dispute Resolution Concentration Courses (12 units)

The dispute resolution concentration consists of six courses. Three of those courses—Legal Research and Writing for Nonlawyers, Negotiation Theory and Practice, and Civil Procedure and Litigation—are required core courses. You will also need to take two required concentration courses and choose one elective.

Required Concentration Courses

 

Concentration Electives (choose one)

 

Human Resources Concentration Courses (12 units)

The human resources concentration consists of six courses. Two of those courses—Negotiation Theory and Practice and Contracts—are required core courses. You will also need to take two required concentration courses and choose two electives.

Required Concentration Courses

 

Concentration Electives (choose two)

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