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Pepperdine University School of Law began as the Orange University College of Law in Santa Ana, California, in 1964. The school was acquired by Pepperdine in 1969. The mission of Pepperdine University School of Law is to provide highly qualified students with a superior legal education. The faculty and administration of the School of Law are committed to the proposition that the way in which they approach students, both personally and professionally, will shape the student’s perception of the law and the role of lawyers.


Juris Doctor (JD)
Pepperdine University School of Law provides a superior legal education emphasizing the highest standards of professionalism, ethics and social and moral responsibility. Through a traditional three-year approach, the Accelerated Option, or the extended option, students have the opportunity to earn their Juris Doctor under the mentorship of faculty and alumni that include some of the finest legal professionals in the nation.

 Joint Degrees
Pepperdine University School of Law offers those seeking law degrees an opportunity to combine their law studies with another discipline. The law school has established six joint degree programs from which to choose.
Juris Doctor / Master of Business Administration (JD/MBA)
Juris Doctor / Master of Dispute Resolution (JD/MDR)
Juris Doctor / Master of Divinity (JD/MDiv)
Juris Doctor / Master Public Policy (JD/MPP)
Master of Dispute Resolution / Master of Business Administration (MDR/MBA)
Master of Dispute Resolution / Master of Public Policy (MDR/MPP)

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

Master of Dispute Resolution (M.D.R.)
The LLM in Dispute Resolution is considered the premier program in dispute resolution and offers students the most amount of flexibility in their dispute resolution education.  This 26 unit program is structured with a balance of theory and practice; students will focus on a variety of ADR mechanisms including negotiation, mediation and arbitration, as well as gain practice through the requisite Mediation Clinic and Externship program.

Law Programs for Professionals
Professional Programs at Pepperdine University School of Law are designed to keep practitioners agile and up-to-date on all mandatory education. Our Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution provides many of these opportunities, as well as additional courses that expand expertise for a wide range of professionals.

Jerene Appleby Harnish Law Library
Established in 1969, the Jerene Appleby Harnish Law Library has grown from a small facility in Santa Ana to a 40,000 square foot space in with collection of some 4,00,000 titles. Also available in the library are a variety of electronic databases, an extensive microfiche collection, and several special collections, such as the prized American Arbitration Association Library and Information Center Collection. Study rooms, network-connected carrels and tables, and comfortable seating areas create a pleasant and convenient atmosphere for quite study, collaborative learning, interaction, and reflection. The Law Library proudly serves the reference and research needs of the students and faculty at the School of Law.


Pepperdine University
School of Law
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263
Ph: (310) 506-4611

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