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JD Admissions FAQ

When is the law school application available?

The application for Fall 2017 is available on LSAC as of September 1. The priority deadline is February 1 and the final deadline is April 1, 2017.

When do I take the LSAT?  

Applicants are urged to take the LSAT no later than February of the year in which admission is sought.

How is my LSAT score looked at?  

The Admissions Committee evaluates applicants based on their highest LSAT score and does not average multiple scores, though all scores are seen when reviewing the application.

How long are LSAT scores valid?  

LSAT scores are valid for up to five years.

If I plan to take a future LSAT, can I apply without a reportable score?

Yes, an applicant can apply to the law school without a reportable score; however, the application will remain incomplete until the future LSAT score has been reported to the law school from the LSAC.

Is there a required undergraduate cumulative GPA and LSAT score I must have to apply?

There is no minimum or maximum GPA or LSAT score an applicant must have, all eligible applicants are encouraged to apply.

What is your median GPA and LSAT?

The current median GPA is 3.60 and the current median LSAT is 159. Median numbers are calculated from the current first year class.

How is my undergraduate GPA looked at?  

The Admissions Committee evaluates applicants based on their cumulative undergraduate GPA as calculated by the LSAC.

If I have earned a graduate degree, will my graduate GPA be taken into consideration?

Although the graduate GPA is not reflected in the cumulative GPA, a graduate degree can be an indicator of the applicant’s increased focus and ability.

Are there specific majors or minors that the Admissions Committee looks at from applicants?  

A specific major is not required for admissions, but the Admissions Committee will focus on college grades, major, and selection of courses. The Committee looks favorably on students who have selected intellectually challenging courses of study. Whatever the discipline, it is urged you concentrate on developing strong writing and analytical skills. Courses that require active participation in a classroom dialogue will be helpful in preparing for law school.

Does Pepperdine Law conduct interviews as part of the application process?

No, interviews are not part of the application process. Those who serve on the Admissions Committee remain anonymous.

Is Pepperdine School of Law on rolling admission?

Applicants are notified on a rolling admission basis and applications are reviewed in the order that they are complete, not the order that they are submitted.

When will my application be reviewed?

An application is reviewed by the admissions committee once all materials have been received, including the applicant’s CAS report. The Admissions Committee begins reviewing applications in November of each year. Once an application is under review, it can be up to 4 to 6 weeks to receive a decision.

How long should my response to the School of Law's Mission be?

It is recommended your response is a paragraph to one page, and to not exceed two pages. This brief response should be double-spaced with no less than 12 point font. Your response allows you to share how you would contribute to our unique community. 

How long should my personal statement be?  

It is recommended that this response not exceed four, double-spaced pages with no less than 12 point font. The best personal statements are clear, concise, and compelling, and free from spelling and grammatical errors.

How many letters of recommendation should I submit?

You are required to submit two letters of recommendation, though you can submit up to four. The Admissions Committee recommends that at least one letter be an academic recommendation and one is a professional recommendation.

Can I submit an addendum?

Yes, if an applicant feels that there is information they wish to share with the Admissions Committee that is not included in the required documents, an addendum will be accepted.