Pepperdine University – The Straus Institute
The Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law is one of the world’s leading educational programs in the field of dispute resolution. The institute offers academic courses leading to a Master of Laws (LLM), a master of dispute resolution (MDR), or a certificate in dispute resolution, and professional training programs serving emerging lawyers as well as experienced mid-career professionals, businesspersons, and religious and community leaders. In addition, the institute sponsors what may be the most comprehensive academic curriculum in the world (complemented by the AAA Library, a leading compendium of resources) and offers professional skills training around the globe.
The Straus Institute has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the #1 law school dispute resolution program in the US for an unprecedented 13 of the last 14 years. In the more than 30 years since its founding, the Straus Institute has established itself as a standard of excellence in preparing effective negotiators, peacemakers, and problem solvers, and as a driving force for improving the culture of conflict in the US and the world.
In the last year, we have deepened our relationships with global partners to share our knowledge in the field of dispute resolution, exchange innovative ideas, and build a foundation for future collaboration. Through our rigorous curriculum and professional training programs across the United States—taught by leading experts in their fields—we equip and empower individuals to be changemakers within their organizations and communities. Our dedicated and diverse staff, talented students and alumni, and exceptional faculty carry forward our legacy as the country’s leading educational program in the field of dispute resolution. The institute is a key contributor to the Pepperdine University mission to prepare individuals for lives of “purpose, service, and leadership.”