Since the inception of the London Program in 1981, students from Pepperdine and other American law schools have enjoyed what is often referred to as "their best law school experience" -- studying law at Pepperdine in London. Pepperdine Law School's International Program in London has been approved by the American Bar Association. Pepperdine University School of Law offers a seven week summer session as well as a fall semester program in London, all at our own London facility. The Pepperdine London House is located in the attractive Knightsbridge and South Kensington area of London. Pepperdine's Summer and Fall London Programs are run and operated solely by Pepperdine University School of law and not in conjunction, partnership, or through the use of another educational institution.
In both the summer and fall sessions, approximately 50 students from Pepperdine University School of Law and other American law schools, are able to reside in London and take courses from two full-time Pepperdine professors and a number of London-based barristers, solicitors and American lawyers. Students may enroll in one or more of the terms but may not, under ABA guidelines, take more than one-third of their total law school units in overseas programs.
The program is structured so that students may complete certain core American law requirements while enriching their legal education with a variety of elective international and comparative law courses. The 2013 summer courses are International Entertainment & Copyright Law, International Environmental Law and Corporations. More information can be found at the Summer 2013 Professors and Courses tab. The 2013 fall semester courses are Corporations, Securities Regulation, Public International Law, European Union Law, Comparative Law, and International Commercial Arbitration. More information can be found at the Fall 2013 Professors and Courses tab. In addition, we operate an "International Externship Program" during the summer and fall in which students may obtain course credit for law-related work placements and a Moot Court competition in the fall against trainee barristers from the Inns of Court. See separate tabs on the International Externship Program and the International Moot Program for more information.
The program also includes a number of cultural and legal-related outings and trips designed to enhance the educational experience. All students will come away from their London experience with a knowledge of the British political and legal system as well as an appreciation for the culture. To that end, both Summer and Fall programs offer lectures on the British political and legal system, a walking tour of the Inns of Court including Middle Temple and a visit to Parliament. Students studying in the Fall will additionally visit a Magistrate's Court, the Central Criminal Court known popularly as the Old Bailey, and the Royal Courts of Justice. Please see the Fall Tours and Trips page for further information.
The Fall term also offers a European Institutions Tour to the European Parliament in Brussels, the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg and the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg as well as a separate Hague Institutions Tour to the international courts at The Hague. The European Institutions Tour commences with an early morning train ride on the Eurostar to Brussels, Belgium for a tour and briefing at the European Parliament. The next day is spent in Luxembourg with a briefing at the European Court of Justice and a quick bus tour of the diverse suburbs of the city, including a visit to the American Cemetery where General Patton is buried, and a walking tour of Luxembourg's historic old city. This tour is heavily susidized and is included in the activity fee of $1,000, chargable to the student account. It includes travel, lodging, and most meals. The Hague Institutions Tour, for which lodging, travel within the Hague and some meals are also included in the activity fee, emphasizes the international institutions based in The Hague, The Netherlands including, depending on availability, the International Court of Justice; the Iran-US Claims Tribunal; the International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia; the Permanent Court of Arbitration; the Peace Palace; and the International Criminal Court. Students bear the full cost of travel to and from Amsterdam, the nearest airport. Please see separate page on Tours and Trips for cost details.
Attending the London Program also fulfills most of the requirements for students interested in obtaining a Certificate in International and Comparative Law. The certificate seeks to encourage and mentor students who are interested in international law and helps to expand career goals by facilitating an overseas experience. Students are required to attend at least one Pepperdine overseas program and to complete 14 units of required and elective courses. For more information about the Certificate in International and Comparative Law and how to apply, please click here.
In Fall of 2012 there were 36 students including 2 visiting students.
In Summer of 2012 there were 17 students including 5 visiting students.
In Fall of 2011 there were 35 students including 8 visiting students.
In Summer 2010 there were 18 students in the London Program including 4 visiting students.
In Fall 2010 there were 61 students in the London Program including 6 visiting students.
Pepperdine's London Program has benefitted from having visiting students from law schools throughout the United States including:
Lewis & Clark
Loyola, New Orleans
University of Baltimore
University of Miami
University of San Diego
University of Oregon
University of Seattle
Florida Coastal School of Law
Golden Gate School of Law
David A Clarke School of Law
University of Wisconsin Law School
Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have further questions. Inquiries can be directed to the London Program Assistant in Malibu, Caitlyn Crisp, who was a student in the Program during the Fall Term 2011 or to our London-based Program Coordinator, Karen Haygreen.
Contact Information Malibu London
Caitlyn Crisp Karen Haygreen
London Program Assistant London Program Coordinator
London Office Pepperdine University
Pepperdine University School of Law
School of Law 56 Princes Gate
24255 Pacific Coast Highway London, SW7 2PG
Malibu, California 90263 England
(310) 506-7597 011 44 207 581 1506 (+8 hours)