Traditional JD Program | Juris Doctor Degree | Pepperdine University School of Law

Traditional JD Program

Pepperdine School of Law awards the Juris Doctor (JD) degree after the successful completion of 88 units of course work which includes the completion of the upper-division writing requirement, the upper-division skills requirement, the experiential learning requirement, along with other requirements.

JD Program Curriculum

First-year law students follow a rigorous course of study in the following subjects: Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law, Introduction to Ethical Lawyering, Legal Research and Writing, Property, and Torts.

After the first year, students are required to complete 18-21 units of additional required courses, including: Corporations, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, Federal Income Taxation, Remedies, and Wills and Trusts.

Students also have the opportunity to select from a broad range of elective courses, clinics, externships, practicums, and student-edited journals. Students may choose to pursue a concentration in an area of interest. The School of Law offers five certificate programs: (1) a certificate in criminal legal practice; (2) a certificate in dispute resolution; (3) a certificate in International and Comparative Law; (4) a certificate in law and entrepreneurship; and (5) a certificate in entertainment, media, and sports law.

Experiential Learning at Pepperdine Law

Experiential Learning

In 2015, National Jurist ranked Pepperdine Law 4th in the nation for Practical Training, the top-ranked school in California. Hands-on learning opportunities include clinical work, externships, practicums, and study abroad opportunities.

JD Students at Pepperdine School of Law

Areas of Interest

JD candidates at Pepperdine Law can tailor their studies to prepare for careers in areas such as criminal law, entertainment, media, and sports, public interest, and real estate.