Pepperdine University School of Law will welcome 222 new students for First Year Student Orientation from August 18 to August 20. Selected from more than 3,400 applications, the first-years represent 28 states and 109 undergraduate schools, with 38 percent coming from out of state. The class is 46 percent female and 54 percent male. For the sixth consecutive year, the incoming class is the most academically qualified class in the history of the law school.
This year’s theme for First Year Student Orientation will be “Finding Your Purpose Within the Law.” Deans and professors will speak on a variety of topics ranging from law school courses to student life. Speakers include deans, faculty, administrators, and alumni, with a welcome from University President Andrew Benton on the first day.
Alumnus Greg Totten (JD ’82), a Ventura County District Attorney, will address Pepperdine’s incoming class in a presentation entitled, “From Law School to a Career in Public Service.” Additionally, David Barrett (JD ’91), John Napier (JD ’09), Jim Gash (JD ’93), associate dean for student life, and Jay Milbrandt (JD ’08), director of the Global Justice Program, will host dinner and a movie to share about their experiences in Uganda this past year.
First Year Student Orientation serves as the starting point for the Class of 2013 and aims to connect the new students to the established School of Law community. “During the three-day orientation, our incoming students will be welcomed into the warm Pepperdine community and get a sense of the challenges and rewards that await them during their three years in our law school,” says Gash.
“They will meet the professors, administrators, and staff who teach, mentor, and prepare them for their chosen career path. The students will also be mentored by eager and committed 2Ls and 3Ls who have volunteered to work with them in small groups over the course of this first year. Our hope is that the orientation period will inspire them to dream great dreams of how they will help those in greatest need both during and after their time at Pepperdine,” he said.