Carol A. Chase, J.D.
Director of National and International Programs and Professor of Law
Office: School of Law (SOL)
- J.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 1978
- B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 1975, summa cum laude
Before joining the Pepperdine faculty, Professor Chase was an assistant U.S. attorney for the criminal division in Los Angeles. She has been an associate in the Los Angeles offices of Hughes, Hubbard & Reed, and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the California State Bar, and is admitted to practice in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. District Court for the Central and Eastern Districts of California.
Professor Chase regularly teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, and Trial Practice, and has been honored as a Luckman Distinguished Teaching Fellow, and is the recipient of the Howard A. White Award for Teaching Excellence. She has commented extensively in the media on various legal topics, appearing for CNN, FOX-TV, E! Entertainment, KCET, and CBSTV (Canada) and providing radio commentary for BBC (UK). She is currently also serving as the Law School's Director of Off-Campus Education.
Her publications include a trial advocacy textbook, The Art & Science of Trial Advocacy (2nd ed.) (Lexis-Nexis 2010), which she co-authored and a case file supplement for that textbook, which she also co-authored. In addition she has published numerous law review articles and several Op-Ed pieces.
Professor Chase has also worked as a volunteer with elementary and high school children, teaching them about the American justice system and assisting them in participating in mock trials.