Pepperdine University

Pepperdine University


Part of a nationally-ranked Christian university, Pepperdine's School of Law provides a superior legal education that aligns professional goals and career interests with personal standards and values.

A Distinctive Law School

The School of Law at Pepperdine prepares you to succeed in what is most meaningful to you as an individual. As a top-ranked, Christian university, we align ethics and achievement through rigorous academic programs and individualized pathways for learning.

Join Our Community

Beyond academic excellence and a beautiful campus, what most people recognize about us is our community. Our spiritual foundation, highly accessible faculty, and over 30 student-led organizations contribute to the unique experience that is Pepperdine School of Law.

Master of Laws (LLM) in Dispute Resolution Admissions

Applicants for admission to the LL.M. in Dispute Resolution must have completed the first degree of law required for law practice or law teaching in the country in which law studies were pursued.

U.S. applicants must have an ABA-accredited J.D. degree.  In exceptional cases, U.S. applicants with non-ABA-accredited law degrees may be considered.

Applicants for the various concentrations including mediation, international commercial arbitration, international commercial law and arbitration, arbitration and litigation, in addition to the global partnership programs in Nashville,Tennessee and Heidelberg, Germany must first apply for admission to the LLM program prior to declaring a concentration or format.

Applications for the LLM program can be submitted online through the Law School Admission Council's LLM Credential Assembly Service, or directly to Pepperdine via the paper application form. 

Learn to Be Inspired

Pepperdine School of Law provides a superior legal education with an emphasis on societal responsibility. In addition to our degree programs, we offer experiential learning, mentorship, and continuing education to prepare practitioners to bring their best to their work and to the world.

Admissions Requirements

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and need to be submitted at least four months prior to the intended start date.

Courses start in the Fall (mid-August), Spring (early January) and Summer (late May) terms. Applications can be submitted up to one year in advance. It is recommended that international students submit their applications at least six months prior to their expected start date.

Scholarships are highly competitive and granted to admitted students on rolling basis. The majority of scholarships are awarded between December and March 1 for the Fall term. Applicants wishing to be seriously considered should complete their admission files no later than February 15.

All applicants are required to submit:

  • Application form or online application through LSAC
  • A three to four page personal statement
  • Current resume or CV
  • Three complete Personal Evaluation Forms or narrative letters of recommendation
  • $50 application fee
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Master of Laws (LLM) in Dispute Resolution

Distinguish Yourself with an LLM from the Top Program

Seasoned attorneys and recent graduates have all made the choice to prepare themselves for the next generation of legal practice. An advanced law degree, the LLM program requires an ABA-accredited JD degree, or for international applicants the first degree of law required for law practice or law teaching.

Living Here

Our Malibu campus enhances academic study with beautiful surroundings and daily access to your peers and mentors. Our proximity to Los Angeles means access to an international hub for careers and culture.

School of Law at a Glance

Thanks to nationally recognized faculty and programs and a truly inspiring location, the study of law at Pepperdine University is a one-of-a-kind experience. Learn why Pepperdine prepares you for a law career the way no other school can by exploring our unique attributes.

International Applicants

In addition to the requirements listed above, international students are required to submit their application with the below listed requirements:

  • Evaluation of Foreign Transcripts
  • English Proficiency
  • International Student Data Form
  • F-1 Student Visa Status

All the information regarding these documents can be founded here.

LLM Concentrations

Pepperdine's LLM in Dispute Resolution offers students the flexibility to customize their education, and go at a pace that meets their busy schedule.

Experiential Learning

We train you not just to "think like a lawyer," but to practice as one. Ranked 4th in the country (the highest ranking of any California school) by National Jurist for experiential learning, Pepperdine is not simply responding to popular opinion that law schools need to teach essential skills; we are actively helping lead the charge to deepen legal education.

Explore Experiential Learning Opportunities

Mentoring and Professional Relationships


At the School of Law, we help you clarify your goals and stay focused on your learning with the help of supportive relationships.

Our Parris Institute for Professional Formation is exclusively dedicated to guiding our first-years in this manner, but that's only the first of many mentoring opportunities in your academic career.

Alumni and Careers

Our Office of Alumni Relations helps our graduates stay connected with one another and with opportunities to expand their careers and skills.

The Pepperdine Law Career Development Office (CDO) provides specialized support and resources to assist current students and alumni with their professional development goals and job search efforts.

Personal Attention

The practice of law today requires communication skills, ethical standards and stamina that first-year students have often not yet developed.

Our new, million-dollar Parris Institute for Professional Formation begins assessing and equipping students to be professionals on their very first day on campus.

Learn about the Paris Institute

Student Organizations

Numerous student organizations and co-curricular activities give students the opportunity to explore varied interests and supplement their classroom experience while in law school. The organizations are primarily student run, and events are as varied as social gatherings, guest speakers, fundraising drives, and service opportunities.

Spiritual Life

Since Pepperdine is a law school rooted in the Christian tradition, it is unsurprising that spirituality is an important component of student life. While individuals from all faith traditions (and those with no faith tradition) are welcomed into the Pepperdine community, the Christian foundation of the law school is visibly expressed in a variety of ways.

Mentoring and Quality Teaching

Our professors have a dual research/teaching focus. The Princeton Review recently ranked our faculty the sixth best in the country with the highest possible score for accessibility.

Nationally Recognized Experts

Thanks to our low student-faculty ratio, our students get hands-on guidance from published scholars and experts in the field.

Meet Our Faculty

Student Services

It is our goal at Pepperdine School of Law to see all of our students succeed and grow within a challenging environment. We've designed a variety of student services to help students focus not only on study skills, exam performance, and bar preparation, but also on shaping of a professional future that balances achievement with personal health and wellness.