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Dean's Message

School of Law Dean Paul L. Caron

Pepperdine Law: Leading and Serving

I joined the Pepperdine Law faculty in 2013 because I was so attracted to Pepperdine's unique mission in legal education. Some law schools aspire to embody the absolute highest levels of academic and research excellence. Others strive to live out a deep commitment to their faith tradition that nurtures a student-centered learning environment. Pepperdine is the rare law school with both of these ambitions embedded in our very DNA. After spending four years immersed in this unique mission on our stunning campus overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Malibu, California, I embraced the opportunity to lead Pepperdine Law as its dean.

My vision for the future of Pepperdine is simple: To relentlessly pursue ambitious and accountable excellence in everything we do. Effective legal education is more than simply gaining knowledge of the law. Our students are equipped to lead and empowered to serve in the rapidly changing legal landscape they enter. If you are looking for an elite law school that will invest in you academically, personally, and professionally—one that will know you and your passions and help you realize your dreams for a purposeful and rewarding career—there is simply no place like Pepperdine.

My path to the Pepperdine deanship took me through Broadway. When I saw the play Hamilton, I was struck by how these verses from one of the songs perfectly capture the excitement at Pepperdine:

Look around, look around at how
Lucky we are to be alive right now!
History is happening in Manhattan and we just happen to be
In the greatest city in the world!

We are in an epochal moment in legal education and in the legal profession, and we all feel lucky to be making history at Pepperdine on the most beautiful law school campus in the world. We hope you will join us.

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Paul L. Caron
Duane and Kelly Roberts Dean and Professor of Law