Online Master of Legal Studies (MLS) at Pepperdine Law
The online Master of Legal Studies program from Pepperdine Law enables nonlawyers from across the United States to develop the legal expertise and credentials to advance within their chosen fields. Students will learn to interpret foundational legal concepts, solve legal challenges, and recognize ethical issues that may arise on the job.
Pepperdine Law faculty members are legal scholars who will mentor and challenge students to succeed in the classroom and beyond. They focus on providing hands-on training that students can immediately apply in their current professions.
The Master of Legal Studies program offers a concentration in dispute resolution. The Straus Institute at Pepperdine Law is ranked number one for dispute resolution by U.S. News & World Report.
The online Master of Legal Studies is designed to improve students’ capacity to understand legal issues and manage legal questions and controversies.
Students will attend two residencies on Pepperdine’s beautiful campus in Malibu, California, where they will apply their newly acquired knowledge and network with faculty and classmates.
Ranked among the Top 10 best in the nation by The Princeton Review, Pepperdine Law faculty are deeply committed to supporting student growth and providing hands-on learning experiences that students can apply immediately in their current professional roles.
Students connect with Pepperdine Law faculty and classmates every week with live, face-to-face virtual classes. These small classes encourage lively debate through simulations and collaborative projects. Students complete weekly self-paced course work to inform discussion in class, incorporating diverse media and other interactive assignments.
Pepperdine Law is ranked 8th in the country by the National Jurist for practical training. In the online Master of Legal Studies program, students practice their skills through virtual simulations in the online classroom and in-person projects during residencies.
Dispute Resolution Concentration
Students can hone their legal skills in arbitration and conflict mediation by selecting the dispute resolution concentration. The Straus Institute at Pepperdine Law is ranked number one for dispute resolution by U.S. News & World Report.
Live Online Classes
The virtual campus combines live, face-to-face online classes; weekly self-paced course work; and in-person residencies for a truly interactive learning experience. Virtual classes are taught by the same faculty who teach on campus.
No GRE or LSAT scores are required to apply. Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
Financing Your Education
A number of resources are available to students for financing Pepperdine Law’s online Master of Legal Studies program. Students can pursue the following funding options: employer financial sponsorship, Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans, Federal Direct PLUS Loans, private loans, and scholarships offered through professional organizations.