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Student Handbook: School of Law Section

Student Services

Email

Every Pepperdine University student is provided with a Pepperdine email account upon enrollment. The email address generally ends with "@pepperdine.edu." The University and School of Law administration depend upon these email accounts to disseminate critical announcements and important news. Because of this, students are encouraged to check their Pepperdine accounts regularly.

WaveNet

As members of the Pepperdine community, students have access to the University portal, WaveNet. This portal allows students to access University e-mail, visit class homepages in TWEN, perform legal research using Westlaw and Lexis/Nexis, receive official University communications, join student groups, learn about events and deadlines, use library resources, register for classes, check grades and degree audits, make payments to student accounts, and more.

Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instructions (CALI) Award

This award is offered to each student with the highest grade in all law-related classes, courses, and seminars. There is no limit to the number of awards any one student can win. There is no restriction on the number of students in the course. All students winning a CALI Award will receive a personalized certificate. These academic awards are made through the office of the associate dean for academics.

Witkin Award for Academic Excellence

The Witkin Legal Institute at West Group awards a certificate to the top student in certain designated courses.

Dean's Honor List

Students whose semester averages are 3.33 or above and who are in the upper fifteen percent of their class will be placed on the Dean's Honor List. Students must be enrolled for a minimum of nine graded units in a semester in order to qualify for the Dean's Honor List.

The Order of the Barristers

The Order of the Barristers is a national honorary society that recognizes graduating law students who have excelled in moot court, mock trial, and other advocacy programs. The School of Law administration nominates qualified students for membership.

Order of the Coif

The Order of the Coif is an honorary scholastic society, which seeks to encourage excellence in legal education by fostering a spirit of careful study. Membership in the Order of the Coif is limited to those who complete their studies ranked in the top ten percent of their graduating class and satisfy other requirements.

Bookstore

The law school bookstore, operated by Follett, is located on the first floor (Room 124). All law school textbooks are available at the bookstore as well as supplies and miscellaneous items. Hours are from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday - Friday.

Class Ranks

Class ranks are determined by one's cumulative grade point average. Second- and third-year students are ranked at the end of each semester. First-year students are ranked only at the end of the spring semester. Rankings are available within one week after all grades have been received.

Counseling - (Academic)

The Vice Dean is available for academic counseling.

Counseling - (Nonacademic)

The Dean of Students is available for nonacademic counseling.

Di Loreto Dining Facility

The School of Law dining facility is located on the first floor and is available for meals and snacks during the hours posted by the dining facility operator. Grill service is offered during breakfast and lunch, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. -2:00 p.m. Vending machines are also available.

Faw Student Lounge

The Faw Student Lounge is located within the dining facility. Designed for the enjoyment of students, furnishings include a big-screen TV, a pool table, a ping pong table, and a refrigerator.

Pepperdine Law Review

The Pepperdine University Law Review is a legal journal edited and published by School of Law students selected on the basis of scholarship and/or the ability to do creative research and writing. The students write comments and notes on legal developments and significant cases, as well as edit the lead articles and book reviews written by teachers, lawyers, judges, legislators, and other scholars. Membership on the Law Review staff is recognized as both an honor and a unique educational experience. Invitations for law review participation are extended to second-year students who ranked academically in the top ten percent of their first-year class. Additional students are admitted by a "write-on" competition, open to second-year students who ranked academically in the top fifty percent of their first-year class. http://law.pepperdine.edu/law-review/

Dispute Resolution Law Journal

The journal is published semi-annually and provides practitioners and academics with an insightful perspective on the rapidly developing dispute resolution field. The journal features scholastic contributions similar to those found in traditional law reviews, as well as material written from the dispute resolution practitioner's perspective. Law students are selected on the basis of scholarship and/or the ability to perform creative research and writing in the field of dispute resolution. http://law.pepperdine.edu/dispute-resolution-law-journal/

National Association of Administrative Law Judges Journal

In collaboration with the National Association of Administrative Law Judges, the law school semi-annually publishes the NAALJ Journal. This journal is recognized as the finest and most scholarly publication exclusively focusing on developments affecting the administrative judiciary. A student staff works with a faculty editor in publishing the journal. Students are selected on the basis of scholarship and/or the ability to do creative research and writing in the field of administrative law. http://law.pepperdine.edu/naalj/

Journal of Business, Entrepreneurship, and the Law

The Pepperdine Journal of Business, Entrepreneurship and the Law is sponsored by the Geoffrey H. Palmer Center for Entrepreneurship and the Law. The primary objective of the Journal is to contribute to the body of legal knowledge in the fields of entrepreneurship and business through publication of a high quality and professional periodical. The Journal achieves this goal through a unique approach, combining the traditional legal print journal with a dynamic online forum fostering a sophisticated interdisciplinary exploration of the legal issues pertaining to business and entrepreneurship. http://law.pepperdine.edu/jbel/

Examination Numbers

All students will be issued a confidential examination number. The examination number must be placed on each examination taken. The exam number will change each semester and can be obtained in WaveNet. It is crucial to use the correct number on every exam to avoid grading problems.

Examination Return

After all grades have been received and made available to students, the blue books may be picked up in the Faculty Support Office upon notification.

Grades

Grades can be obtained approximately four weeks after the date of the last exam for the semester, after which an unofficial transcript will be mailed. All grades may be obtained through WaveNet.

Graduation Application

Each graduating student must file an application for graduation through the Student Information and Services Office. Notices are posted during the academic year advising students when to file the application. Upon receipt of the application, a determination will be made as to the student's degree requirements which remain unsatisfied. The student will be notified accordingly.

Health Insurance

All graduate students are required to carry health insurance. Information brochures and applications will be available in the Student Information and Services Office beginning the first week of school or in the University Health Center.

Honor Code

Students are held responsible for reading, understanding, and complying with the Law School Honor Code. Additional copies may be obtained in the deans' suite or on the web site. The Honor Board Office is located on the first floor of the law school. http://law.pepperdine.edu/academics/student-handbook/law/honorcode.htm

Housing Book and Information

A housing book specifically for law school students is located in the Admissions, Student Information and Services Office. It lists current availability of housing in the area. In addition, there is a University Housing and Residence Life Office which provides further information. http://www.pepperdine.edu/housing

Identification Cards

Each student is issued an official identification card during orientation, which must be carried at all times. After orientation, or if a card is lost, cards may be obtained at the One Stop office located on the second floor of the Thornton Administration Building. A $15 fee is required for replacement cards. The card is required for participation in student elections, for use of various university services, and for entry into various university facilities and functions, such as the library, and for admission to many class examinations. Use of the card by anyone other than the card holder, or failure to present it upon request of any university official, violates university policy and subjects the holder to disciplinary action. Identification cards must be validated each academic term. The card becomes void upon termination or interruption of enrollment and must be returned to the university.

Weekly Newsletters

The Dean of Students shares announcements, deadlines, and general information regarding the law school through publication of weekly newsletters to the student body. The newsletters are titled Just for 1Ls, Just for 2Ls, and Just for 3Ls.   All students are responsible for reading the contents of their respective newsletter. The deadline to place items in the next week's newsletters is 8am on Fridays.

Lockers

Lockers are located on the first floor and are available to all students. The administrative coordinator in the Admissions Office provides locker assignments. Students will keep the same locker for all three years unless a change is requested.

Lost and Found

Items lost or found in the law school should be reported to the library. See University section for additional information.

Meal Tickets

Meal plans are available to students for the dining facilities on campus. Information brochures are available in the Student Information and Services Office or at Sodexho Food Services in the Tyler Campus Center.

Digital Signage

Digital signage is an educational tool designed to create an informed community through the announcement of events and the distribution of other information of interest to the community. Visit website http://services.pepperdine.edu/digitalsignage/ to submit content to be posted on digital signage.

Moot Court

The moot court program is administered by the Moot Court Board, which is composed of second- and third-year students. First-year students are encouraged to participate as timekeepers, bailiffs, clerks, and witnesses. 

Parking

Parking is available on campus streets in appropriately marked spaces.  Due to limited parking on campus, carpooling is encouraged.  For students living in the George Page apartments, there is a parking lot behind the residential complex.  It is helpful for students living on campus to use the apartment lot, so that commuters may use the other lots. There are three main parking options for commuter law students: First, the primary parking lot for commuter students is across the street from the law school.  Second, when the primary lot is full, students should park in the Page Terrace lot located just down the hill from the law school (toward the John Tyler entrance).  Third, if both lots happen to be full, students should look to park at the bottom of the hill near Via Pacifica and utilize the free shuttle service on campus.  Motorcycles must park in the designated spaces in the student lots.  Students may not park in the Faculty/Staff lot between 6:30 am and 5:00 pm, nor may they park above the private road sign on Baxter Drive at any time.  For more information, refer to the Public Safety web site http://www.pepperdine.edu/publicsafety/services/

State Bar Examinations

All first-year students planning to take the California Bar Examination are encouraged to register with the California Committee of Bar Examiners online within 90 days of the first day of school.  Students planning to take out-of-state bar examinations should contact the individual state bar for specifics pertaining to that state exam.

Student Bar Association

All students are automatically members of the Student Bar Association. The SBA serves the student body by sponsoring social and educational functions during the year, and by representing the students in matters involving the school administration. Officers and class representatives of the Student Bar Association are elected by the student body. The SBA office is located on the first floor of the law school in the cafeteria.

Student Organizations

There are numerous student organizations in the law school.  Current news regarding student organizations can be found in the Weekly Newsletters, on the Digital Signage monitors and on the student organization message boards on the first floor.

Transcripts

All transcripts are prepared and mailed from the Student Information and Services Office. Request for transcripts may be secured from that office or the website. While official transcripts will be delivered or mailed to students upon request, students are cautioned that most institutions will not accept transcripts unless mailed directly from the law school.

Veteran Affairs

Students who are receiving Veterans' benefits should request the Student Information and Services Office to report their academic status to the Veterans Administration.

Vehicle Registration

All vehicles brought on campus must be registered with the university's Public Safety Office. Registration may be completed on-line at www.thepermitstore.com.  Failure to affix a decal to a car will result in a fine. The Public Safety Office is located on the first floor of the Center for Communication and Business with access from Seaver Drive. For more information, refer to the Public Safety web site http://www.pepperdine.edu/publicsafety/services/.

Weather-Related Class Cancellations

The School of Law is rarely closed due to weather conditions. However, should fire, rain, or earthquake prevent classes from being held, this information will be announced through the Office of the University President. The president of the university, or the provost in his absence, decides whether or not the university's classes and co-curricular activities will be canceled. When the decision is made, the university's director of public information will contact area communications media.

For road conditions, call:

On campus - ext. 4002, then dial ROAD (7623)
Off campus - (310) 506-4001, then dial ROAD (7623)