LLM in International Commercial Arbitration


Program Description

The LLM in International Commercial Arbitration is designed to combine a robust academic foundation, a capstone practice experience in which every student will gain experience in a mock international arbitration setting, methodical examination and practice of the negotiation and mediation processes, and enough electives for students to be able to take electives to sit for the New York or California bar exam.

Why Get an LLM from Pepperdine?

Qualify for the NY or CA Bar While Focusing in ADR

With the increased use of dispute resolution, more international attorneys and judges are choosing to specialize in negotiation, mediation or arbitration while meeting the requirements to sit for the California or New York Bar exam

An Executive Format that offers Flexible Scheduling

With courses available in one-week, two-weekend, and the traditional full-semester format, professionals in the field can pursue the program on a part-time or full-time basis at a pace that matches their busy schedule.

Now Offering the LLM to JD Transfer Program

Pepperdine LLM students now have the opportunity to apply to the JD Program as transfer students without taking the Law School Admission Test (LSAT).

Summer Legal English Training Program

This four-week training program is designed to strengthen legal speaking, listening, reading and writing abilities for non-native speakers, and will meet for four weeks in July.

Award Winning Dispute Resolution Education

In addition to U.S. News & World Report, Pepperdine has been recognized by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, California Dispute Resolution Council, American College of Civil Trial Mediators and the International Academy of Mediators.

Translate Theory into Practice

Gain practical experience learning to negotiate, mediate and arbitrate. Students have the opportunity to develop their skills mediating real cases through the clinical and externship programs.

Most Extensive Dispute Resolution Curriculum

Pepperdine offers the most comprehensive curriculum with over 50 different dispute resolution courses for the Certificate, Masters, and LLM in Dispute Resolution programs, including several dispute resolution clinics and externships.


Due to its commitment to access to education, the Straus Institute has traditionally offered generous scholarships to students based on merit and need and we are proud to continue to offer scholarships through 2019. All students are considered for partial scholarships at the point of application without any additional documentation needed. In addition, the Straus Institute offers one full-tuition scholarship per academic year.

World's Largest Conflict Resolution Library

Pepperdine is home to the American Arbitration Association Library and Information Center Collection. Founded in 1954 the AAA Library is the largest collection of conflict materials with over 24,000 titles.

Last updated January 2019

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