Pepperdine Law’s online Master of Legal Studies (MLS) provides mid-career specialists and professionals with a foundational understanding of the US legal system and its interaction across a number of core disciplines. The Master of Legal Studies from Pepperdine Law also incorporates methods in dispute resolution across the curriculum to address the skills needed to resolve conflict in business, leadership and diplomacy.
While the majority of the learning takes place online, Pepperdine’s Master of Legal Studies is a hybrid program that requires students to attend two on-campus residencies. These residencies allow students to apply the skills they’ve gained in class and build lifelong connections with their professors and peers. They are also opportunities for online students to visit Pepperdine’s campus in Malibu, CA, which has been ranked one of the most beautiful in the country by The Princeton Review.
The program format allows students to complete weekly course work on their own schedule and discuss relevant topics with Pepperdine Law faculty members during live, online classes. No GRE or LSAT scores are required to apply.
|Total Credits||32 units|
|Full-Time vs. Part-Time||Both|
|Time to Complete||Full-Time = 16 months
Part-Time = 28 months
|On-Campus Learning Experience||Two (2) on-campus residencies|
The Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine Law is ranked as the number one law school for dispute resolution by U.S. News & World Report. The Straus Institute has also been recognized for excellence in dispute resolution educational programs by the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the American College of Civil Trial Mediators, the Southern California Mediation Association and the Los Angeles County Bar Association.
The online Master’s of Legal Studies at Pepperdine Law is a 32-unit program consisting of foundational law courses, electives and on-campus residencies. Pepperdine’s online MLS curriculum is designed to broaden students’ understanding of how the law interacts with various fields of expertise — including business, healthcare, education and advocacy — through general elective courses. Throughout this 32-unit program, students will learn to interpret foundational legal concepts, use legal analysis to solve problems and interact more effectively with lawyers, clients and partners. Curriculum topics include a foundation in US law, contracts, negotiation theory, property law, civil procedure, regulatory compliance and administrative law.
Individuals who wish to learn the methods and principles of negotiation, mediation, arbitration and problem-solving may elect the dispute resolution concentration to focus their Master of Legal Studies in in conflict management and dispute resolution tactics.
The online Master of Legal Studies program at Pepperdine Law also enables students to select a combination of general and dispute resolution elective courses to best meet their professional goals and personal interests.
Classes are taught by the same faculty who teach on campus. Ranked among the top 10 best law school professors in the nation by The Princeton Review, Pepperdine Law faculty are published scholars, legal experts and mentors who support students’ growth and develop their understanding of today’s complex legal system. They focus on providing hands-on training that students can apply immediately in their current professions.
- GPA: There is no minimum GPA requirement. Admissions committee will take a holistic approach in consideration of GPA and work experience.
- Test Requirement: No GRE/LSAT/GMAT requirement.
- Work Experience: No minimum work experience.
- Additional Requirements: Applicants must submit a statement of purpose, one letter of recommendation (additional LORs optional) and a current resume. Applicants will also be interviewed prior to admission into the MLS program.
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