Having a seasoned professional invested in your success in law school has proven to be one of the most valuable experiences of our law students. In your first year alone, you are assigned a student mentor, faculty mentor and Preceptor. We make these assignments because we are convinced that mentorship is the most effective learning model in education today.
Talking practically and honestly with someone who has been through law school and passed the bar brings clarity and perspective that is desperately needed when you are in the midst of the rigors of the semester. In your second and third years, we have experienced mentors who are eager to assist you in understanding life and law within a particular practice area of interest. These excellent lawyers are the best possible resource for developing your career path.
All 1L students will be connected to a practicing lawyer or judge who has volunteered to mentor Pepperdine law students during their first year. The mentorship is designed to give 1Ls the opportunity to ask questions about law school and practicing law in order to give perspective and context to the challenging first year curriculum.
All 1L students will be connected to a faculty mentor who will be available to walk with students through their first year of law school. Pepperdine faculty care deeply for our students and desire to know them personally and professionally.
Students desiring a mentor during their 2L or 3L years can be paired with a mentor in the student's preferred practice area. These are optional mentorships. Interested upper division students and mentors should contact The Parris Institute or Alumni Relations to indicate their interest and practice area. The Parris Institute will work to match the student with an exceptional mentor. We encourage students and professional mentors to commit to a minimum of two meetings per semester.
All 1L students will be connected to two upper division student mentors who are available to talk and listen and help students make the adjustment to law school and any issues which may arise.