Application Requirements | Admissions & Aid | School of Law | Pepperdine University

Application Requirements

Each candidate must submit to the School of Law a completed application for admission available online through the Law School Admission Council's website. 

All applicants for admission must have received a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university prior to registration. To be considered for admission, each candidate must submit the following:

  • $60 non-refundable application fee - Waived for the 2017 application
  • Completed, signed, and dated application
  • Resume
  • Personal Statement
  • Response to our Mission
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Law School Admission Test (LSAT) Score
  • Registration with the Credential Assembly Service (CAS)
  • International Student Data Form (for visa holders)

Resumé

Please attach to your application for admission a resumé, 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 Our Mission

Pepperdine is deeply committed to its Christian mission and welcoming to students from all faiths as it prepares students for lives of purpose, service, and leadership. The School of Law's mission encourages adherence to the highest moral and ethical standards.

Review our mission and vision information.

Please share how you would contribute to this unique community.

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.

Standards of Admission

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