In Pepperdine's new practicum courses, students work in specialized field placements under supervision of experienced practitioners and with enhanced rigor and focus from expert faculty. 

Federal Criminal Practicum

In the Federal Criminal Practicum students to rotate through the United States Attorney's Office, the Federal Public Defender's Office and U.S. District Court to receive a comprehensive experience at work in federal criminal practice.

At each placement, students will observe pre-trial and trial practice and proceedings, assist on cases and produce a substantive written project under supervision. Students should plan to work at least 14 hours per week in the course. Law faculty specializing in criminal law and procedure will serve as advisors to students and will meet periodically to guide the students in their work.

Criminal Justice Dispute Resolution Practicum

In the Criminal Justice Dispute Resolution Practicum students work with adults in the LA County Jail to teach peacemaking and dispute resolution as a part of coordinated efforts to reduce recidivism and to promote better outcomes in the criminal justice system.

Students will receive intensive training in peacemaking and dispute resolution, and will assist in teaching and training clients using these skills and virtues. Students will develop knowledge and insight into the criminal justice and juvenile justice systems, develop critical cultural competence, and develop skills and virtues of dispute resolution.

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