Pepperdine University School of Law

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Pepperdine University School of Law
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Parent schoolPepperdine University
School typePrivate
Parent endowment$850 million
DeanPaul L. Caron
USNWR rankingunranked[2]
Bar pass rate65% (July 2017 CBX)


The school offers the Juris Doctor (JD), and various Masters of Laws (LLM) options in Dispute Resolution, International Commercial Arbitration, United States Law, and Entertainment, Media, and Sports Law.[3] The school also offers joint degrees with its JD and Master of Dispute Resolution (MDR) in partnership with other Pepperdine University graduate schools. The school now offers an online Master of Legal Studies program and an online Master of Dispute Resolution program.[4]

The school is particularly known for its Straus Institute of Dispute Resolution, which is consistently ranked #1 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.[5] The School of Law's other institutes include: the Parris Institute for Professional Formation; the Byrne Judicial Clerkship Institute; the Nootbaar Institute on Law, Religion, and Ethics; and the Palmer Center for Entrepreneurship and the Law.

Through the Parris Institute, the school pairs students with a practicing attorney or judicial alumni through the students' 1L year. It also provides its students numerous clinics and externship opportunities in the greater Los Angeles area, along with its global justice programs in Uganda and India. Additionally, students have opportunities to study at Pepperdine's London, England, and Washington D.C. campuses.

Pepperdine Law is "not published" in the 2019 U.S. News and World Report rankings due to an "error in reporting [the] median LSAT for the class that began in Fall, 2017."[1] [6] Pepperdine Law, however, hired three independent rankings experts who estimated that according to US News' metrics, without this error, Pepperdine would have been ranked 62nd nationwide."[7]


The total cost of attendance, which includes the cost of tuition, fees, and living expenses at Pepperdine Law for the 2017-2018 academic year is $81,260.[8] Assuming no scholarship or tuition discounts, Law School Transparency estimated that the debt-financed cost of attendance for three years would total $305,817.[9]

Pepperdine Law currently participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program, which matches Veterans' GI Bill benefits to cover 100% of all costs and fees for Veterans who enroll at the law school.

Accreditation and post-graduation employment[edit]

Pepperdine University School of Law has been accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) since 1972,[10] holds membership in the Association of American Law Schools (AALS),[11] and is accredited by the Committee of Bar Examiners, State Bar of California.

Employment Outcomes: According to Class of 2017 data from the ABA, 59.6% of graduates obtained full-time, long term positions requiring bar admission (i.e., jobs as lawyers), 9 months after graduation.[12]

Herbert and Elinor Nootbaar Institute on Law, Religion and Ethics[edit]

The purpose of the Nootbaar Institute on Law, Religion, and Ethics includes three initiatives:

  1. Scholarship with respect to issues at the intersection of law and religion;
  2. Domestic Justice Initiatives, such as the Legal Aid Clinic and the Asylum and Refugee Clinic; and
  3. the Global Justice Program.

Sudreau Global Justice Program[edit]

The Sudreau Global Justice Program has initiatives in international human rights and religious freedom; advancement of the rule of law; and global development. In 2017, Pepperdine Law announced the endowment of the Program made possible by the generosity of alumna Laure Sudreau (JD ’97). The $8 million contribution is the largest single endowment gift ever to the School of Law and will help advance the profound impact of the Global Justice Program, which operates within the Herbert and Elinor Nootbaar Institute on Law, Religion, and Ethics at the School of Law.[13]

Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution[edit]

Pepperdine University School of Law’s Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution[14] provides professional training and academic programs in dispute resolution including a Certificate, Masters in Dispute Resolution (MDR) and Masters of Laws in Dispute Resolution (LLM). The Straus Institute provides education to law and graduate students, as well as mid-career professionals in areas of mediation, negotiation, arbitration, international dispute resolution and peacemaking.[15] The Institute has consistently ranked as the number one dispute resolution school in the nation for the past 13 years.[16]


  • Pepperdine Law Review[17][18]
  • Dispute Resolution Law Journal
  • Journal of the National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary (NAALJ)
  • Journal of Business, Entrepreneurship, and the Law (JBEL)

Joint degree programs[edit]

Pepperdine Law offers six joint degrees, which include the JD/MBA, JD/MDiv, JD/Master of Public Policy (MPP), JD/ Master of Dispute Resolution (MDR), MDR/MPP, and MDR/MBA.

Notable people[edit]


Visiting faculty[edit]

Guest speakers[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]

Honor societies[edit]

The School of Law attained membership in the Order of the Coif in 2008.[29][30]

Pepperdine School of Law is also home to the Prosser Inn of Phi Delta Phi, the International Legal Honor Society. Members must achieve standing in the top thirty percent of their class to be considered for membership.


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  2. ^ "Best Law (due to administrative error, projected 62nd) Schools". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved 7 May 2018.
  3. ^ list of LLM degrees here
  4. ^ "Online Graduate Programs from Pepperdine Law". Retrieved 2018-07-20.
  5. ^ "Best Graduate Schools – Education – USNews". Retrieved 2014-03-08.
  6. ^ "US News law school rankings are released; Pepperdine's mistake costs it a ranking". Above The Law. Retrieved 2018-03-25.
  7. ^ "Pepperdine Law Statement". Pepperdine University. Retrieved 2018-10-24.
  8. ^ "Tuition and Expenses".
  9. ^ "Pepperdine University Profile".
  10. ^ "ABA-Approved Law Schools by Year". ABA website. Retrieved April 20, 2011.
  11. ^ "AALS Member Schools". Retrieved 2014-03-08.
  12. ^ Full Rankings: Bar Admission Required, Full-Time, Long Term - For the latest Employment Summary Reports from the American Bar Association, Section of Legal Education, see
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  14. ^ "Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution | School of Law | Pepperdine University". Retrieved 2014-03-08.
  15. ^ "Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine Law School". Retrieved 2014-03-08.
  16. ^ [1] Archived March 8, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  17. ^ "Pepperdine Law Review | School of Law | Pepperdine University". Retrieved 2014-03-08.
  18. ^ "Pepperdine Law Review | School of Law | Pepperdine University". Retrieved 2014-03-08.
  19. ^ "Obama nominates two Las Vegas lawyers to Nevada federal bench". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved 7 December 2012.
  20. ^ "Gov. Perry Appoints Boyd to the Supreme Court of Texas". Office of the Governor Rick Perry. Retrieved 7 December 2012.
  21. ^ "Jeffrey Boyd Appointed to Texas Supreme Court". Pepperdine University School of Law. Retrieved 7 December 2012.
  22. ^ "Attorney Mark Caruso - LII Attorney Directory". Retrieved 8 June 2015.
  23. ^ "Assemblyman Brent A. Jones". Nevada Legislature. Retrieved February 6, 2016.
  24. ^ "Eileen C. Moore, Associate Justice - 4DCA". Retrieved 8 June 2015.
  25. ^ "Chipotle Investor Relations – Biography". Retrieved 8 June 2015.
  26. ^ "Senate Confirms Judge Beverly Reid O'Connell for California's Central District ourt". Press Release of U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer. Retrieved 10 March 2014.
  27. ^ "Doug Peterson Sworn in as 32nd Attorney General of Nebraska". 8 January 2015. Archived from the original on 9 January 2015. Retrieved 9 January 2015.
  28. ^ "Justice For All - Pepperdine Magazine | Pepperdine University". 2015-05-02. Retrieved 2016-09-20.
  29. ^ "Pepperdine Law School Press Release". Retrieved 2014-03-08.
  30. ^ Anesha Smith. "Order of The Coif Membership List". Retrieved 2014-03-08.

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