Boasting one of the largest legal communities in the world, greater Los Angeles provides students with opportunities for hands-on experience outside the classroom, as well as a large potential job market. Only thirty miles away, downtown Los Angeles is a focal point for the emerging Pacific Rim, and serves as a center for international trade and finance. Many Pepperdine students interested in entertainment law take advantage of Pepperdine's unique proximity to the entertainment world, enjoying internships and full-time positions with the surrounding studios and production companies. As a cultural and entertainment center, Greater Los Angeles provides all of the distractions and diversity of a big city, allowing students to eat dim sum in Chinatown, splash in the waves at Venice Beach, and root for the Lakers at Staples Center, all in the same day. Just minutes away from campus, the surrounding Santa Monica Mountains provide numerous trails for biking and hiking. The famous Malibu beaches offer a variety of recreational activities. Situated near the top of the university's campus, Pepperdine's Odell McConnell Law Center surveys the spectacular beauty of the Southern California coastline.