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Pepperdine University School of Law

Pepperdine University School of Law provides a superior legal education emphasizing the highest standards of professionalism, ethics, and societal responsibility. The School of Law offers three degrees: JD, LLM in Dispute Resolution, and Master of Dispute Resolution, in addition to a Certificate in Dispute Resolution. The school offers five joint degrees: JD/MBA, JD/Master of Divinity, JD/Master of Dispute Resolution, JD/Master Public Policy, and Master of Dispute Resolution/Master of Public Policy.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 618
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 156 - 164
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.34 - 3.74
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 86.6%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 97.0%
Tuition $44,980

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About Pepperdine University School of Law

Pepperdine University School of Law provides a superior legal education emphasizing the highest standards of professionalism, ethics, and societal responsibility. The School of Law offers three degrees: JD, LLM in Dispute Resolution, and Master of Dispute Resolution, in addition to a Certificate in Dispute Resolution. The school offers five joint degrees: JD/MBA, JD/Master of Divinity, JD/Master of Dispute Resolution, JD/Master Public Policy, and Master of Dispute Resolution/Master of Public Policy.

Reviews

It’s hard not to lead with the most obvious benefit of choosing Pepperdine for law school: “the panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island as you enter just about make law school tolerable.” Pepperdine’s law campus is in fact located in stunning Malibu, CA, just outside Los Angeles, but to emphasize the beauty of its location would “wrongly connote a culture that may lack rigor or seriousness.” Indeed, among Pepperdine’s legal strengths are “top-notch dispute resolution curricula, wide variety of faculty from myriad professional and ideological backgrounds, and its top-tier student body.” “The administration is currently in the process of evolving to update themselves with modern times and beliefs,” and students see its recent changes as mostly positive ones that are “not yet complete” but “moving at a promising rate”: “Our new dean is spectacular, and will continue to improve our law school in any way needed.” “Dean Tacha could not be more optimistic, outgoing, or encouraging if she tried.” Though Pepperdine is historically, and still, a Christian university, they recently instituted an LGBT student group, and students say Pepperdine’s “is a growing community of diver­sity.” Despite the fact that “technology has been updated recently,” many students do echo the need for further updates: the “Wifi speed” is “miserable,” there’s a “lack of computers in classrooms, for professor/PowerPoint use,” and “the interior of the Law Building looks as though it was plucked straight out of 1985.” More importantly, a lot of students feel some lack in the school’s career services, saying Pepperdine “could use heavy improvement in its career development office,” but there’s a “large alumni base in Los Angeles,” where there’s also an abundance of legal jobs.Professors, for the most part, receive high marks from students: they’re “absolutely excellent,” “have a genuine open-door policy,” and “have been nothing less than com­pletely exceptional.” “They truly invest in and care about the students and it makes law school much less stressful.” A few voices dissent with this characterization, noting the prevalence of “very wealthy, conservative men, which makes expressing your (differing) opinions difficult.” In spite of that, “I haven’t met one professor who didn’t seem com­pletely passionate about both teaching law and encouraging every student to succeed.” PBeyond Malibu, “the overseas study opportunities are numerous and very well run,” and students praise Pepperdine’s program in “dispute resolution,” noting that “classes through the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution…fill up quickly.”

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 212

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

JD/MBA - 4 years; JD/MDR - 3-4 years; JD/MPP - 4 years; JD/MDiv - 5 years.

Specialty Law Programs

  • Commercial
  • Corporation Securities
  • International
  • Taxation
  • Intellectual Property

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 97
Full-Time Faculty 40
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 9
Part-Time Faculty 48
Faculty Gender 70% Male
29% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 13 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 51% Male
49% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 59%
Multi-racial 7%
International 2%
Hispanic/Latino 7%
Ethnicity Unknown 13%
Black or African American 4%
Asian 8%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $44,980 Same as On-Campus
Housing $15,110 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $60,090 $44,980

Financial Aid

87% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$45,105 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: February 1

Average Age Admitted: 24

Incoming Class

Pepperdine University School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 156 - 164
LSAT Total 156 - 164

Pepperdine University School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.34 - 3.74
Total 3.34 - 3.74

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Undergraduate GPA

Important: Personal Essay, Recommendations

Admission Requirements

Required: Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores

Optional: Recommendations, Work Experience, Extracurricular Activities, Interview, State Residency

Rankings

Rankings

The Princeton Review

#5 Best Professors
#7 Most Conservative Students
#10 Best Quality of Life

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 91%
First Time Pass Rate 87%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 72%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 100
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 97%
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 56 32%
Firm Sized 11-25 11 6%
Firm Sized 26-50 4 6%
Firm Sized 51-100 7 4%
Firm Sized 101-250 2 1%
Firm Sized 251-500 3 2%
Firm Sized 501+ 6 3%
Business Industry 41 23%
Government 12 7%
Public Interest 5 3%
Federal Clerkship 7 4%
State Clerkship 2 1%
Academia 11 6%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 3 1%
Unemployed, Seeking 23 11%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 5 2%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
TX 3%
DC 3%
CA 79%
International 3%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Pepperdine University School of Law include:

  • Rick Caruso - Real Estate Development; Public Service
  • Lisa Stern - International Holocaust Survivor Advocate
  • Todd Platts - Congressman - Pennsylvania
  • Rod Blagojevich - Govenor, Illinois
  • Pierre Prosper - Ambassador-at-Large for War Crime Issues

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