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Peter T. Wendel, J.D.
Professor of Law

Office: School of Law (SOL)

  • J.D., University of Chicago Law School, 1983, cum laude
  • M.A., St. Louis University, 1980
  • B.S., University of Chicago, 1979, cum laude

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Curriculum Vitae

Professor Wendel was born and raised in Webster Groves, Missouri, and attended the University of Chicago, where he graduated in 1979 with a BS in Political Science. He earned a master's in Urban Affairs from St. Louis University, and then promptly returned to the University of Chicago where he received his JD in 1983.

Professor Wendel began his legal career in 1983 in St. Louis. After four years, he returned to the University of Chicago as a Bigelow Instructor and Lecturer in Law. He served for three years as an assistant professor at St. Louis University School of Law before joining the Pepperdine faculty in 1991. Professor Wendel has been a regular visitor at UCLA School of Law, Loyola University of Los Angeles School of Law, and the University of Augsberg, Germany, School of Law. In winter 2012 Professor Wendel received an honorary Ph.D. from the University of Augsburg. A member of the Illinois, Missouri, and American Bar Associations, Professor Wendel teaches primarily in the property and wills and trusts areas of law. The aspect of teaching that he enjoys the most is the constant intellectual challenge inherent in legal analysis.



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  • Peter T. Wendel, Distressed Cities and Urban Farming: Are We Making a Mountain Out of a Molehill?, 91 U. DET. MERCY L. REV. 277 (2014) HeinOnline
  • Peter T. Wendel, Shaping Society and Economy Through Law - Common Law vs. Civil Law: An ?Enlightening? Case Study, published in Gerechtigkeitsfragen in Gesellschaft und Wirtschaft, 75 Augsburger Rechtsstudien 41 (2013) (edited by Prof. Dr. Arnd Koch and Prof. Dr. Matthias Rossi)
  • Peter T. Wendel, California Probate Code Section 6110(C)(2): How Big is the Hole in the Dike?, 41 SW. L. REV. 387 (2012) SSRN HeinOnline
  • Peter T. Wendel, The Succession Rights of Adopted Adults: Trying to Fit a Square Peg into a Round Hole, 43 CREIGHTON L. REV. 815 (2010) SSRN HeinOnline
  • Peter T. Wendel, Protecting Newly Discovered Antiquities: Thinking Outside the "Fee Simple" Box, 76 FORDHAM L. REV. 1015 (2007) HeinOnline
  • Peter T. Wendel & Robert G. Popovich, The State of the Property Course: A Statistical Analysis, 56 J. LEGAL EDUC. 216 (2006) HeinOnline
  • Peter T. Wendel, Teaching Students How to "Think Like a Lawyer": A Comparative Approach, 12 UKCLE NEWSL., Spring 2006, at 19
  • Peter T. Wendel, Inheritance Rights and the Step-Partner Adoption Paradigm: Shades of the Discrimination Against Illegitimate Children, 34 HOFSTRA L. REV. 351 (2005) HeinOnline
  • Peter T. Wendel, The Evolution of the Law of Trustee's Powers and Third Party Liability for Participating in a Breach of Trust: An Economic Analysis, 35 SETON HALL L. REV. 971 (2005) SSRN HeinOnline
  • Peter T. Wendel, What's in the Property Course and Why?, AALS PROPERTY SECTION NEWSL, Fall 2004
  • Peter T. Wendel, Using Property To Teach Students How To "Think Like a Lawyer": Whetting Their Appetites and Aptitudes, 46 ST. LOUIS U. L.J. 733 (2002) SSRN HeinOnline
  • Peter T. Wendel, The Case Against Plea Bargaining Child Sexual Abuse Charges: "Deja Vu All Over Again", 64 MO. L. REV. 317 (1999) HeinOnline

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