LAW SCHOOL PROFILE 1. 800. 973.1177
Pepperdine University School of Law
[by Marty Schultz-Akerson]
Offering a Malibu campus that trumps even those of other Southern California schools, Pepperdine provides students with an attractive setting to go along
with its cutting-edge legal programs.
Nestled in between the Santa Monica Moun- of Public Policy, or the JD/Master of Dispute ogy-savvy lawyers. Second-year students
tains and the Malibu coastline, the Pep- Resolution. The renowned Straus Institute gain important hands-on experience in the
perdine University School of Law offers an for Dispute Resolution also offers certificate newest technological issues and focus their
attractive setting to go along with its cutting- and LL.M. degrees and has implemented coursework on topics such as entertainment
edge legal programs. Boasting innovative night and summer classes to cater to busy law and intellectual property.
approaches to dispute resolution, intellectual professionals looking to hone crucial skills.
property, and law and religion, Pepperdine Other impressive resources available to The Judicial Clerkship and the London
fosters a particularly diverse and stimulating Pepperdine law students are the Institute on program make available cutting-edge train-
environment that challenges its law students Law, Religion and Ethics, the Center for En- ing for traditional legal needs: experienced
not only to learn the law but also to gain trepreneurship and Technology, the Judicial clerks and internationally minded lawyers. In
a strong sense of ethics and professional Clerkship Institute, and the London Program. the former, students have the opportunity to
responsibility. get early starts on clerking skills in classes
The Straus Institute’s Master of Dispute often designed and taught by judges. In the
With the recent appointment of Kenneth Resolution embodies the innovative approach latter program, students actively respond
Starr as the new dean, the leadership will be to legal education of Pepperdine’s School of to the demand for lawyers well-versed in
in place to continue the noteworthy services Law. Ranked 2nd by U.S. New and World Re- international law by studying with both Pep-
and programs of this institution. port in 2004, the program, which was started perdine and adjunct professors in London.
in 1986, has attracted the best experts in the
It was the creation of the School of Law field and has led the way in clinical train- In addition to these programs and insti-
in 1971 that brought Pepperdine College, ing and courses offered. Law students and tutes, another Pepperdine advantage is the
established in 1937, its university status. professionals interested in dispute reso- dedication of its faculty and administrators
Becoming ABA accredited just one year later, lution have considerable flexibility when to act as mentors and guides. Modeling their
the Pepperdine School of Law has enjoyed scheduling courses and often can fulfill most relationship after the responsibility a lawyer
a strong academic reputation for over thirty requirements in intensive winter or summer has for his clients, law professors at Pep-
years and continues to bring leadership in sessions. In this way, JD/Master of Dispute perdine think of themselves as “counselors”
legal education. Pepperdine is proud of its Resolution candidates often earn both de- who teach their students not only about legal
founder’s commitment to Christian values grees in three years of full-time study. theories and doctrine, but how to responsibly
and strives to educate in a manner respect- and ethically advocate for their own clients.
ful of that history. However, it maintains a Pepperdine’s other institutes and programs With a solid 17:1 student-to-faculty ratio,
nonsectarian relationship with the Christian are also leaders in their respective fields. Pepperdine students enjoy an “open door”
community and attracts students from a The Institute for Law, Religion and Ethics teacher-student policy, a rare feature in
diverse range of religious backgrounds. recognizes the complex and varied opinions many law schools.
about the relationship between law and
The rich legal education afforded students of religion and strives to create a forum where The tuition at Pepperdine is $29,640 for the
Pepperdine is demonstrated in the school’s serious discussion can take place. standard academic year. An impressive num-
various institutes and degree programs. In ber of scholarships and grants are available
addition to the standard Juris Doctor pro- The Center for Entrepreneurship and for students, such as the Dean’s Scholarship,
gram, Pepperdine students can pursue joint Technology was created in fall of 2000 in for which all candidates with an under-
degrees such as the JD/MBA, the JD/Master response to the growing need for technol- graduate GPA above 3.4 and LSAT scores in
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the 86th percentile are considered, and the
Diversity Scholarship, which seeks to continue
the institution’s tradition of a diverse student
body. Approximately 60% of the 650-student
body receive some form of grant support.
Pepperdine offers a tremendous amount of
resources and extracurricular activities for a
school of its size, including a law library, ca-
reer services, student ministries, several law
reviews and journals, clinics and moot court
--not to mention a large dose of breathtaking
So as we have seen, students at Pepperdine
benefit from a rich educational, geographical,
and social environment. The tranquility and
beauty of the Malibu coastline reflects the
mature perspective of this legal community.
Dedicated to providing the most competitive
of legal educations, Pepperdine balances a
traditional curriculum with new ways of ap-
proaching legal issues.