Pepperdine University School of Law will welcome 233 new students for New Student Orientation from August 19-21. The new students represent 37 states and three countries and 119 undergraduate schools. The class is 50 percent male and 50 percent female, with 42 percent of students coming from outside California. The incoming class is the most academically qualified class in the history of the law school.
The theme of New Student Orientation is "Finding Your Purpose in the Law." Pepperdine's deans and professors will welcome students and speak on a variety of topics ranging from the Faculty Advisor and Student Mentor Program to financial aid. Speakers include Ken Starr, Duane and Kelly Roberts Dean of the School of Law; Tim Perrin, vice dean; Tom Bost, associate dean for academics; and Jim Gash, associate dean for student life.
New Student Orientation will also feature distinguished guest speakers. Akhil Reed Amar, the Southmayd Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University and one of Pepperdine's D and L Straus Distinguished Visiting Professors, will address Pepperdine's incoming class on the importance of living greatly in the law. Amar is a preeminent constitutional law scholar has taught Advanced Constitutional Law: Reading the Constitution at Pepperdine for five consecutive years. In addition, Mark Lanier, a nationally renowned trial lawyer of the Lanier Law Firm in Houston, Texas, will speak on practicing law with integrity.
New Student Orientation serves at the starting point for the Class of 2012 and aims to connect the students to the Pepperdine community. "Over the course of three intense days of orientation, we seek to integrate our students into our unique, close-knit community and to begin preparing them to be servant leaders in the legal community," says Gash.