Overview

Applicants
3,546
Acceptance Rate
28%
Median Undergrad GPA
3.68
Accepted Applicants Who Attend
182

Test Scores

LSAT
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
159 - 164

Deadlines

Application Deadlines
April 1

Application Process

Rolling Admissions
Yes

Application Fee
$0

LSDAS Service Used
Yes

Applicants accepted in terms other than fall
Yes

Transfer Applicants Accepted
Yes

Deferred Admission
Yes

Other Admission Factors

Academic

LSAT Score
Undergraduate GPA

Selectivity Rating

Faculty Information

Student/Faculty
7:1
Total Faculty
93

37.2
Female
21.5
Underrepresented Minorities


Students Say

At Pepperdine University’s Caruso Law in Malibu, California, students receive a co-curricular legal education rooted in the Christian faith and designed to graduate students practice-ready. “The school seeks to train you to be both a good person and a good lawyer,” and focuses on the “development of ethical change-makers.” All JD degrees are supplemented by the experiential learning of “widely available and very high quality” externships, internships, and practicums offered via the Clinical Education Program. Students also have the opportunity to practice law and work with real clients through the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic and Legal Aid Clinic. And for even more experience, there's the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution—a premier institution for conflict resolution teaching—and the Parris Institute for Professional Formation, which helps first-year students to develop the skills necessary to succeed. Students find these offerings to be a boon: “Legal writing workshops are available and encouraged" and “the library, librarian, and research facilities are excellent and want for nothing,” with easy access from the undergrad campus. Those wanting more of a global education, which Pepperdine highly encourages, can spend semesters studying in London or take part in study tours of Europe and Asia, among others.,p>Professors “are experts in their respective fields" and though they remain busy with research, students still find them to be “incredibly accessible and willing to help at almost any hour of the day.” They're a vital campus resource, “very helpful in making connections and giving advice for your future,” and this seems to be true "even if you're not in their class." They also seem to be fair-minded in that they “always invite students to openly disagree with them and have beneficial, enlightening discussions that make students grow in their own beliefs.” Overall, the “administration is responsive and attentive,” and does "an impeccable job striking a balance between the interests" of those who teach and attend, as well as in "supporting our Christian heritage but [accommodating] all students regardless of beliefs.” Additionally, “many of the classrooms have been recently upgraded and have excellent integration of technology.”

Career overview

Pass Rate for First-Time Bar Exam
79%
Median Starting Salary
$75,500
% of graduates who are employed within ten months of graduation
90%
% of job accepting graduates providing useable salary information
50%

Career Services

On campus summer employment recruitment for first year JD students
Yes

On campus summer employment recruitment for second year JD students
Yes

# of Employers that Recruit on Campus Each Year
298

Employers who most frequently hire graduates
Akin, Gump, Strauss, Haur & Feld; Best, Best & Krieger; Brayton Purcell; Bremer, Whyte, Brown & O Meara; Bryan Cave; Chapman, Glucksman, Dean, Roeb & Barger; Christian Legal Aid of Los Angeles; Collins, Collins, Muir & Stewart; Deloitte; District Attorneys Offices (Various Locations); Federal Bankruptcy Court Judges (various locations); Federal District Court Judges (various locations); Federal Court of Appeals Judges (various locations); Fisher & Phillips; Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher; Greenberg Traurig; Gresham, Savage, Nolan & Tilden; Hanger, Steinberg, Shapiro & Ash; Hosp, Gilbert, Bergsten & Hough; JML Law; K&L Gates; Keesal, Young & Logan; Latham & Watkins; Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith; Littler Mendelson; Milstein Adelman; Morgan Lewis & Bockius; Northrup Schlueter; Internal Revenue Service Office of Chief Counsel; Parris Law Firm LLP; Public Defenders Offices; Schuler & Brown; State Court Judges (various locations); The Amin Law Group; United States Air Force, Army, Marine, and Navy JAG Corps; United States Department of Justice; Vanderford & Ruiz; William Morris Endeavor; White & Case; Wood, Smith, Henning & Berman; Wilshire Law Firm; WTAS

Graduates Employed by Area

51%
Private Practice
11%
Government
10%
Academic
9%
Business/Industry
6%
Judicial Clerkships
3%
Public Interes

Graduates Employed by Region

70%
Pacific
6%
South
5%
Mountain
4%
MidWest
1%
International
1%
Mid-Atlantic
1%
South West

Prominent Alumni

Rick J. Caruso
Founder and CEO, Caruso

Judge Andre Birotte Jr.
U.S. District Judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of California

Judge Jennifer A. Dorsey
U.S. District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Nevada

Judge Charles Eskridge
U.S. District Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas

Justice Jeffrey S. Boyd
Justice on the Supreme Court of Texas

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
Apr 1

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Annual Total Aid Package Awarded
$34,325

% Students Receiving Some Aid
96%

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$61,210
Estimated On-Campus Room and Board
$20,700
Estimated Off-Campus Room and Board
$20,700
Estimated Cost for Books / Academic Expense
$9,600
Fees
$60

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
492

Number of Foreign Countries Represented
5
Average Age at Entry
24

% Out-of-State
34%
% International
4%

Demographics

26.40%
% Under-represented Minorities

100% are full time
0% are part time
52% female
48% male

Campus Life

Students Say

It’s hard not to love your time at Pepperdine when the “campus is set in an absolutely beautiful location,” and students appreciate their “Wonderful peers as a result of such a warm environment.” While “the competition is extremely high,” “The student body is generally very warm.” The staff also “promotes both personal and intellectual growth:” “The leadership and location are unmatched. Pepperdine’s School of Law has been an extremely welcoming environment.”
As a Christian university, Pepperdine leans right and could, according to some, be “more open to diversity in viewpoints,” but “in my three years at Pepperdine I have never once felt out of place as a non-religious, liberal Democrat.” Even if higher-ups tend in conservative directions, “there are plenty of conservatives and liberals alike among the students,” which creates a vibrant culture of discussion. “Because most students who choose Pepperdine share its religious values, it can create a dividing line among students. That being said, the faculty, staff, and students are all very welcoming and kind to every single student at Pepperdine regardless of their religious and political affiliations.” Pepperdine is also “second to none among law schools in America today” in its commitment to making its law education available to veterans: “From being one of three top tier law schools in the country to offer full Yellow Ribbon support, housing allowance based on the Malibu Beach zip code, to dinner at the Dean’s house on Veteran’s Day, this law school truly strives to serve those who have served their country.”

More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Nicole Serleto-Chavez
Director, Admissions, Student Information and Services

Address
Pepperdine Caruso School of Law - Admissions
24255 Pacific Coast Hwy.
Malibu, CA 90263

Phone
310-506-4631

Email
lawadmis@pepperdine.edu


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