Straus Institute Ranked Number One

For Seventh Consecutive Year

The Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution was recently ranked the number one dispute resolution program by U.S. News and World Report for the seventh consecutive year. The remaining schools in the Top 5 for 2012 are Harvard University, Hamline University, University of Missouri-Columbia, and Ohio State University. This is the 10th time Pepperdine has achieved the number one position in the past 15 years.

The Straus Institute was established in 1986 as the first dispute resolution program in the Southwest. From the beginning, the institute has recruited prominent full-time faculty and practitioners to teach its courses from throughout the U.S., Canada, Latin America, Asia, and Europe.

More than 35 different courses in dispute resolution are offered by Straus including negotiation, mediation, arbitration, labor, entertainment dispute resolution, dispute resolution ethics, cross cultural conflict, psychology of conflict, and other areas. Courses are taught by the 10 full-time Pepperdine professors, 22 local adjuncts, and 35 adjuncts and visiting faculty from around the world.

Tom Stipanowich, academic director of the Straus Institute, William H. Webster Chair in Dispute Resolution, and professor of law, explains, “The U.S. News ranking is symbolic of the continuing strength of a program which combines a uniquely broad and deep academic curriculum with first-rate professional skills offerings. The institute is breaking new ground as a leader in the development of mediation worldwide, in the innovative use of media to encourage changes in the culture of conflict management, and in empirical research.”

Former interim dean Thomas Bost notes, “The Straus Institute has set a new standard for excellence in the teaching and practice of conflict resolution. ‘Blessed are the peacemakers’ is more than a catchphrase at Straus. It is a living reality.”

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