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gateway to straus

introduction to u.s. legal practice and adr

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about the gateway to straus online program

the gateway to straus program is designed to introduce participants to foundations of laws, legal practice, and alternative dispute resolution (adr) techniques in the united states. students and professionals will strengthen their legal research and writing skills and be well-prepared to start their llm education, at straus or at other institutions. this program also offers judges and attorneys broad knowledge of key subject areas and procedural strategies they may employ in their practice or research. 

program dates:  june 15 - 19, 2020

this is a one-week, non-academic enrichment program that will be offered online from june 15-19, 2020 (7 am - 10 am pdt). classes will take place for three hours per day, for five consecutive days. thus, participants will receive 15 hours of instruction by distinguished faculty from the straus institute and pepperdine caruso school of law.

program registration is now closed

the gateway program is underway and registration is now closed. please take a look at our additional summer 2020 programs if you are interested in adr courses by straus. 

topics covered 

  • us legal research and writing
  • us constitutional law
  • us civil procedure
  • us torts
  • us contracts
  • overview of adr
  • negotiation
  • mediation

    the summer gateway seminar was extremely helpful in preparing for my llm studies, especially the legal writing class. i have learned so much in this program!

    yingxin (yvette) wen

    summer 2013


the cost of the program, offering 15 hours of instruction, is $149 usd.

additional information

individuals interested in gaining admittance to the certificate, master of dispute resolution (mdr) or master of law programs at the straus institute should contact professor marcelo rosadilla at the straus institute. professor rosadilla can also answer questions regarding the gateway program.

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