Online Dispute Resolution Programs

From Pepperdine Caruso School of Law’s Straus Institute—Ranked #3 for Dispute Resolution

The online dispute resolution programs from Pepperdine University empower both lawyers and nonlawyers to be a driving force in solving the most pressing conflicts of today. Delivered by Pepperdine Caruso School of Law’s top-ranked Straus Institute,¹ our highly regarded programs prepare you with the skills you need to become an effective mediator, problem solver, and arbitrator.

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Online LLM in Dispute Resolution

The Online Master of Laws in Dispute Resolution program prepares lawyers across the globe to effectively solve conflicts among people, organizations, and even nations. Structured with a balance of theory and real-world practice, the program provides in-depth knowledge of the root causes of conflict, both on an individual and global level.

You will gain hands-on experience with alternative dispute resolution methods through mock trials, externships, and on-campus experiences. Upon completion, you will have the mediation and arbitration skills you need to be a better advocate for your clients and positively effect change in your community and the world at large.

JD or first professional degree
in law required

Complete in as few as 12 months

Online Master of Dispute Resolution

The online Master of Dispute Resolution program prepares mid-career professionals to use conflict resolution and mediation skills to effectively solve disputes and negotiate complex transactions that arise across private and public sectors and in a variety of industries, such as technology, manufacturing, real estate, and insurance.

You will gain an understanding of the root causes of conflict in both domestic and global environments, making you essential in intercepting and resolving disputes before they escalate into larger issues affecting your organization.

Bachelor’s degree required

Complete in as few as 16 months

In our programs, you will:

Attend live, online classes and complete interactive course work that reflects the latest thinking in mediation, negotiation, and arbitration.

Customize your learning experience by selecting from a variety of electives that are applicable to different industries and professions.

Learn from the same accomplished faculty who teach on campus—many of whom are distinguished lawyers and scholars.

Benefit from practical learning experiences, including simulations and exercises that reinforce your mediation skills and help you apply your knowledge at work. Pepperdine Caruso Law was ranked number three in the country by National Jurist for practical training in 2019.²

Attend two on-campus learning experiences in Malibu, where you will network with classmates, faculty, and experts in the field while putting your mediation skills into practice.

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Learn how the online dispute resolution programs at Pepperdine will prepare you to solve some of the most pressing, challenging conflicts of today.

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¹ U.S. News and World Report, Best Dispute Resolution Programs (

² PreLaw Magazine, 2019 ranking of law school practical training programs (Accessed December 11, 2019) (