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Juris Doctor (JD) Application Process

Each candidate must submit to the School of Law a completed application for admission on the official form available from the Admissions Office. This application must be accompanied by a $60 non-refundable application fee. Applications should be received by the Admissions Office by February 1 but no later than April 1.

General Requirements

All applicants for admission into the first-year class must have received a bachelor's degree from an approved college or university prior to registration. To be considered for admission, each candidate must submit the following:

The priority admission deadline is February 1, 2012 and the final admission deadline is April 1, 2012.

For transfer application information, please click here.


Please attach to your Application for Admission a resume, including a record of employment, scholastic honors, extracurricular activities, and community involvement.

​Personal Statement

Please include a brief personal statement indicating fully your reasons for wanting to study law, why you chose to apply to Pepperdine School of Law, significant extracurricular and/or civic activities, and any further information that you feel should be considered by the Admissions Committee. If you desire, please discuss any applicable factors that would bring diversity to the class including racial or ethnic origin, age, work experience, geographical origin, and socioeconomic background.

Response to Mission Statement

Each applicant must respond to the Pepperdine University's Mission Statement, which is:

Pepperdine is a Christian university committed to the highest standards of academic excellence and Christian values, where students are strengthened for lives of purpose, service, and leadership.

The School of Law seeks to further this mission, and encourages adherence to the highest moral and ethical standards. How would you expect to contribute to this environment or identify with this mission? An applicant's file will not be considered complete, and thus will not be reviewed without a response to the mission.

​Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation are required. Recommendations should be furnished by those individuals who can best assess your ability to succeed in law school. When possible, at least one of the recommendations should be provided by a faculty member with whom you pursued your undergraduate studies. Relatives should not be asked to submit recommendations. The School of Law requires that your letters be submitted through the LSAC Letter of Recommendation Service that serves all member schools. This service is included in your Credential Assembly Service registration. Your letters will be copied and sent to us along with your law school report when the Letter of Recommendation Service has received both letters. To use this service, follow the directions for submitting letters outlined on LSAC's website,


Evaluations are accepted, but not required. Evaluations can be submitted by the same person you selected as a recommender, if you choose. An evaluation gives law school admission professionals information about your abilities above and beyond what is currently provided via test scores, transcripts, and letters of recommendations. Evaluations rate both cognitive and noncognitive attributes and skills that have been identified as important to success in law school. The evaluation uses a rating scale that represents degrees of a particular characteristic. Evaluators can also include free form text comments. To use the online Evaluation Service, follow the directions outlined on LSAC's website,

​Law School Admission Test (LSAT)

The applicant must take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and request that the score be reported to the School of Law. Applicants are urged to take the LSAT as early as possible and no later than February of the year in which admission is sought. LSAT scores are valid for five years.

Applications for this examination and information regarding testing centers are obtainable on the Internet at or by phoning LSAC at 215.968.1001.

Tests are given four times a year:  February, June, September/October, and December.

​Credential Assembly Service

All applicants must register with the Credential Assembly Service. You may register through the LSAC website at Once you have registered, an official transcript must be sent to LSAC from each educational institution you have attended. Transcripts should be sent to LSAC at: Law School Admission Council, 662 Penn Street, Box 2000-M, Newtown, PA 18940-0993. All transcript updates should be submitted to LSAC as well, not to Pepperdine University School of Law.

Foreign-educated applicants must use the Credential Assembly Service Authentication and Evaluation for Internationally Educated Applicants.  All foreign transcripts should be sent to the address listed above.

The Admissions Process

Responsibility for evaluation of candidates for admission is vested in the Admissions Committee. Upon completion of the file, it is sent to the Committee, where objective criteria such as the undergraduate grade point average and the Law School Admission Test score are carefully evaluated. The next stage of evaluation is subjective and includes evaluation of the applicant's ability to make a positive contribution to the unique environment of a Christian law school, employment experience, extracurricular activities, community involvement, commitment to high standards of morality and ethics, reasons for wanting to study law, competence in writing and speaking, emotional stability, maturity, initiative, motivation, and any other relevant subjective information furnished by the applicant.


The School of Law maintains a strong commitment to diversity stemming from its Christian heritage and seeks to admit students from a variety of academic, cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds.  It is through the inclusion of others from diverse points of view and experiences that one often begins to see dimensions of truth previously unseen.  In addition to academic performance, admissions decisions may be based on consideration of other factors that are likely to enrich the learning and living environment at the School of Law.   

Accepting an Offer of Admission

Offers of admission to entering first-year students are made only for the Fall semester and cannot be carried over to subsequent years. After receiving notice of the acceptance offer, the applicant will be required to make two acceptance deposits and submit all official transcripts to the School of Law in order to accept the offer.

ACCEPTANCE DEPOSIT:  The applicant is required to make two deposits to the School of Law. Unless the deposit is received on or before the date stated in the offer of admission, the acceptance may be canceled so that the place may be offered to another applicant. The first deposit of $300 is required by April 15. If written notice of a decision not to enroll is received by the school on or before June 30 preceding the anticipated date of enrollment, $150 of the acceptance deposit will be refunded to the applicant. Otherwise, the deposit is not refundable. The second deposit of $300 is required by July 1. The second deposit is not refundable. For those applicants who matriculate, the acceptance deposits will be applied toward the first semester's tuition. Applicants admitted after April 15 will be given a later deposit deadline.

OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS:  Each applicant who is admitted must request that a final transcript showing the award of a bachelor's degree be sent directly to the School of Law. This requirement is in addition to, not instead of, the normal processing of transcripts through the Credential Assembly Service (CAS).

Admission Contingent Upon Truthfulness

Applicants are advised that the University's decision to admit them is contingent upon the truthfulness of the information contained in the application files submitted by the applicant and/or persons in the applicant's behalf, including letters of recommendation. Discovery of false information subsequent to admission is, at the University's discretion, grounds for withdrawal of the offer of admission or for immediate dismissal at any point in the student's course of study. Such dismissal shall result in forfeiture of all charges paid and academic credits earned.

Transfer Admission

Admission with advanced standing may be considered only for individuals who have satisfactorily completed the first year of their studies at a law school that is approved by the American Bar Association.

Transfer students must submit an official law school transcript along with a letter from the dean of each law school previously attended indicating the student is eligible to continue at such school and stating class rank. The Office of Admissions will request a current law school report upon receipt of your application.

The deadline for transfer students to submit a completed application is July 15.

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Readmission After Withdrawal

Students who withdraw from the School of Law after matriculation are not entitled, as a matter of right, to return. They must compete with other applicants for a place at the time they wish to return. In making a decision about an application for readmission, the following matters are among those considered: Whether the student meets the current standard for admission; the quality of work done prior to withdrawal; the length of time between the withdrawal and application for readmission; and the reasons for withdrawal.

Withdrawal Because of Military Service

Students in good standing who are required to withdraw because of an involuntary military obligation are entitled to return as a matter of right provided they were in good standing at the time of withdrawal and they apply for readmission to the first semester beginning after completion of their military service.

Admission to the Bar

Before beginning their law studies, applicants for admission to the School of Law should familiarize themselves with the laws and rules governing admission to the bar in the state or states in which they intend to practice by writing to the secretaries of the appropriate boards of bar examiners. The laws of some states require that students register with their state board of bar examiners before the commencement of legal studies. Applicants are advised to keep a careful and detailed record of all employment and residence addresses, no matter how temporary. It is highly advisable to secure from each employer, immediately upon the termination of employment, an affidavit showing the length of service, the capacity in which the student was employed, and the employer's opinion of the student's character.