Pepperdine University School of Law


Pepperdine is a top-ranked university deeply committed to its Christian foundation and the integration of faith, academics, and values. At Pepperdine School of Law, we guide graduates toward fulfilling careers through rigorous academics and individualized pathways to success.

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.

Experiential Learning

We train you not just to "think like a lawyer," but to practice as one. Ranked 10th in the country (the 2nd highest ranking in California) 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.

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.

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.

We offer a breadth of degree programs and specialized areas of interest to meet personal and professional goals. Our joint degree options are offered in conjunction with Pepperdine University's top-ranked schools for business, divinity and public policy.

  • 1 Master's Degree
  • 3 Juris Doctor options
  • 5 LLM Degree options
  • 5 Institutes
  • 5 Certificate programs
  • 6 Joint Degree offerings
  • 9 In-House Clinics

Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution

As mediation, arbitration, and negotiation continue to explode in popularity in litigation and international affairs, Pepperdine's Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution celebrated an unprecedented tenth year as the top-ranked dispute resolution program in the country by launching a new LLM concentration in international arbitration.

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Master of Legal Studies

Online Full time 16 months September 2018 USA USA Online

The online Master of Legal Studies program from Pepperdine University School of Law teaches professionals from a variety of fields the fundamental legal skills they need to better execute their law-related responsibilities. Through a combination of live online classes, weekly self-paced course work, and in-person residencies, students learn to analyze legal concepts to make more informed decisions and enhance their professional credibility. No GRE or LSAT scores are required to apply. [+]

Offering of Pepperdine University School of Law Master of Legal Studies distance education degree program is pending American Bar Association acquiescence and Western Association of School and Colleges (WASC) accreditation. The online Master of Legal Studies program from Pepperdine University School of Law enables nonlawyers from across the United States to develop the legal expertise and credentials to advance within their chosen fields. Students will learn to interpret foundational legal concepts, solve legal challenges, and interact effectively with lawyers. The School of Law faculty members are legal scholars who will mentor and challenge students to succeed in the classroom and beyond. They focus on providing hands-on training that students can immediately apply in their current professions. Dispute Resolution Concentration Students can hone their legal skills in arbitration and conflict mediation by selecting the dispute resolution concentration. The Straus Institute at Pepperdine School of Law is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the Number 1 law school for dispute resolution. Live Online Classes The virtual campus combines live, face-to-face online classes; weekly self-paced course work; and in-person residencies for a truly interactive learning experience. Virtual classes are taught by the same faculty who teach on campus. Application Requirements No GRE or LSAT scores are required to apply. Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution to be considered for admission. To apply, candidates must submit: An online application (including application fee). Transcripts from all... [-]