Each candidate must submit to the School of Law a completed application for admission. Applications should be received by the Office of Admissions by July 15.
All applicants for admission into Pepperdine University School of Law must have received a bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited college or university prior to registration. Transfer admission 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. Each transfer candidate must submit the following:
*The documents from your current law school may be submitted directly to the Office of Admissions using the following address:Pepperdine University School of LawOffice of Admissions24255 Pacific Coast HighwayMalibu, CA 90263
The final admission deadline is July 15.
Please attach to your Application for Admission a resume, including a record of employment, scholastic honors, extracurricular activities, and community involvement.
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.
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 are not required for transfer applications but may be submitted. 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 or law 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, LSAC.org.
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, LSAC.org.
All applicants must register with the Credential Assembly Service. You may register through the LSAC website at LSAC.org. 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.
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 first-year class rank and grades 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.
Offers of admission to entering 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 an acceptance deposit and submit all official transcripts to the School of Law in order to accept the offer.
ACCEPTANCE DEPOSIT: The applicant is required to make one $500 deposit to the School of Law. While the deposit is not refundable, the submission of the deposit is not a binding agreement to enroll in the School of Law. For those applicants who matriculate, the acceptance deposit will be applied toward the first semester's tuition.
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).
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.
As stated previously, 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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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.
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.
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.