Pepperdine professor of law Peter Wendel has been awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Augsburg School of Law in Germany for his years of service as a visiting professor.
Four professors of law from throughout the world, including Wendel, were honored as part of the University of Augsburg School of Law's 40th anniversary celebration.
Wendel, who joined Pepperdine Law in 1991, visited the University of Augsburg for the first time as a summer program lecturer in 2001. The invitation stemmed from positive reviews received from an Augsburg student who had previously taken a summer course taught by Wendel at Pepperdine's Malibu campus. His first experience teaching at Augsburg, Wendel said, was priceless.
"They are the nicest, kindest people," he says, noting one particular run-in with a local vendor who directed Wendel to a different shop with a better price. "Right then I knew this place was different."
Since then Wendel, who teaches several Augsburg courses including "Introduction to Law & Economics," and coteaches a seminar on "Capital Market Law and Legal Methodology," has joined the Augsburg faculty every summer. Recently invited for his tenth year, Wendel is currently the longest standing visiting American professor at Augsburg.
Pepperdine Law's work with Augsburg, he says, has led to a partnership in which four students from both universities are welcomed into exchange programs annually. Each fall, four students from Pepperdine Law travel to Germany to study, and each summer four students from Augsburg join their peers in Malibu. It is a relationship Wendel says he is proud to be a part of.
Wendel began his career in law in 1983 in St. Louis after completing his juris doctor from the University of Chicago Law School earlier that year. After four years of practicing law, Wendel joined the faculty at the University of Chicago as a Bigelow Instructor and Lecturer in Law. He then went on to work as an assistant professor at St. Louis University School of Law before moving to the West Coast.
In addition to the University of Augsburg, Wendel has served as a visiting professor at the UCLA School of Law and Loyola University of Los Angeles School of Law. He is currently in his third year at Santa Clara University School of Law teaching courses in trust and estates and community property.