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Transfer Student Facts

Access to Campus Facilities

  • As a law student, you have access to the University's athletic facilities. You also have access to the libraries and cafeterias at Seaver College and on the Dresher Graduate campus.
  • The School of Law cafeteria is open throughout the year. Its hours of operation vary according to the academic calendar.

Attendance

  • As per the Academic Policy: The maximum number of hours missed, whether excused or unexcused, shall not exceed two times the unit value of the course.  Students missing more than that number may be academically dismissed from the class, may not be allowed to sit for any scheduled exams, and may not be given academic credit for the course.
    • Whenever a student notifies a professor in writing of any absences arising from the observance of religious holidays, those absences shall not be counted as 'hours missed' for the purposes of this section.
  • The Academic Policy is available online.

Books

  • Once your class schedule is finalized, you may purchase or rent your books at the Pepperdine University School of Law bookstore. 
  • The bookstore can be reached at 310.506.4659.

Certificate Programs

  • You are eligible to apply to any of the School of Law's certificate programs:
    • Certificate in Dispute Resolution
    • Certificate in Law & Entrepreneurship
    • Certificate in Criminal Legal Practice
    • Certificate in International Comparative Law
  • More information regarding these programs can be found on the Certificate Programs page.

Computers

  • Although it is not required, it is strongly recommended that you bring a laptop to the School of Law.
  • There are computers available in the School of Law library if you choose not to bring a laptop.
  • For questions regarding computers and other technology-related subjects, please contact Gilbert Marquez at 310.506.7524 or .

Counseling Center

  • The Counseling Center provides free, confidential services to students for a variety of concerns including homesickness, depression, and anxiety.
  • For more information, please contact the Counseling Center at 310.506.4210 or visit the Counseling Center page.

High Pass/Pass/Credit/Fail Election

  • You may elect to enroll in up to two graded elective courses on a high pass/pass/credit/fail basis.
  • The deadline to submit the High Pass/Pass/Credit/Fail Election form to the Office of Admissions, Student Information and Services is the last day of class during the semester in which the course is taken.  In the case of courses offered on an intensive, shorter duration schedule, a student may so elect, or revoke the election, at any time up to and including the last day on which the course is scheduled to meet.
  • The forms can be found in the Office of Admissions, Student Information and Services or online.  Download the form.

Honors/Awards

  • You will be eligible for honors at graduation (summa cum laude, magna cum laude, and cum laude), the Dean's List (awarded at the end of each semester), and the CALI awards (granted to the student(s) with the highest grade earned in each class).
  • You will receive an "equivalent" class rank at the end of each semester.
  • You are eligible for membership in the Order of the Coif provided that you complete at least 75% of your Pepperdine law units in "graded" courses. In addition, you must finish in the top ten percent based solely on second- and third-year grades as compared to the second- and third-year grades of classmates.

Housing Information

  • For information regarding on-campus housing, please visit our housing website.
  • You may also contact the Housing and Residence Life Office at 310.506.7586 or .
  • For information regarding off-campus housing, please contact the Office of Admissions at 310.506.6787 or lawadmis@pepperdine.edu. The Office of Admissions coordinates an off-campus housing book that is up-to-date on current unit listings in and around Malibu.

Law Journals

  • You are eligible to participate in the write-on competition for the four School of Law journals: Law Review, Dispute Resolution Journal, Journal of the National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary (NAALJ), and Journal of Business, Entrepreneurship, and the Law (JBEL).
  • A separate writing competition will be held in the fall for admitted transfer students.
  • For more information regarding the law journals, please visit the Law Journals website.

Moot Court Competitions & Trial Teams

  • You are eligible to participate in these activities and are encouraged to notify the contact person as soon as possible if you are interested.
  • For the moot court competitions, please contact Professor Nancy McGinnis at .
  • For the trial teams, please contact Professor Harry Caldwell at .

On-Campus Interviews

  • You are eligible to participate in the on-campus interview process that is coordinated through the Career Development Office.
  • Upon receipt of the seat deposit, the Career Development Office will contact you with more information about OCI.
  • For any questions, please contact the Career Development Office directly at 310.506.4634 or .

Parking

  • Parking is free for current Pepperdine students. To register your vehicle, please visit Pepperdine University's Public Safetywebsite.
    • Refer to the section titled What's New in Public Safety and click on Vehicle Registration.

Pepperdine Student ID Cards

  • All current Pepperdine students must have a student ID card in order to have access to campus amenities including the libraries and athletic facilities.
  • To obtain an ID card, please visit the second floor of the undergraduate library, Payson Library.
  • If you have any questions regarding ID cards, please contact Raphael Norton at 310.506.7998 or .

Registration

  • Students cannot register for less than 12 or more than 16 units without written permission from the Vice Dean.
  • If you would like to register below or above these unit amounts, a Petition to the Vice Dean must be approved and received by the School of Law Office of Admissions, Student Information and Services.
  • Petitions are available in the Office of Admissions, Student Information and Services or online. You may also obtain the petition online.

Renting a Car

  • If you choose not to bring your car to law school, Pepperdine has a car rental option available through Hertz.
  • For more information about renting a car, please contact Pepperdine University's Public Safety at 310.506.4700.

Student Health Insurance

  • You and your dependents are eligible for the student health insurance plans that are offered through Wells Fargo and Anthem Blue Cross. 
  • All Pepperdine students attending the Malibu campus are required to submit the insurance waiver YEARLY, each fall term. If you do not submit the electronic waiver, you will be automatically enrolled in the student insurance, and your student account will be charged for the premium.  To enroll in the student insurance electronically, please visit https://studentinsurance.wellsfargo.com/~pepperdine.
  •  If you wish to be enrolled automatically in the student insurance, please be sure that the University has your correct mailing address, phone number, and e-mail address on file for accurate communication with the insurance company.
  •  For more information, please contact the Student Health Center at 310.506.4316.

Student Organizations

  • You are eligible to participate in any of the School of Law's student organizations. For a complete listing, please visit the Student Life website.

Upper-Division Required Course Waiver

  • There is a presumption that students who plan to practice law, or who, even if they do not plan to practice law, nevertheless plan to take a bar examination, should take all of the upper-division required courses.  Under Section 14.11 of the Academic Policy, the Vice Dean has discretion to waive up to two of the requirements.  You may access the upper-division required course waiver online or in the Office of Admissions, Student Information and Services.