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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
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 number of scholarships and grants are available
various institutes and degree programs. In 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 institutionâ€™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, career services, student ministries, several law reviews and journals, clinics and moot court --not to mention a large dose of breathtaking views. 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 approaching legal issues.
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Pepperdine provides students with an attractive setting to go along with its cutting-edge legal programs.