Since Pepperdine is a law school rooted in the Christian tradition, it is unsurprising that spirituality is an important component of student life. While individuals from all faith traditions (and those with no faith tradition) are welcomed into the Pepperdine community, the Christian foundation of the law school is visibly expressed in a variety of ways.
Professor Jim Gash and his family host a large group Bible study in their home each Wednesday of the academic year at 7 p.m. The Bible study is organized and led by law students and includes worship music, prayer, and a guest speaker. The majority of speakers are faculty, administrators and staff members from Pepperdine that the students invite to come and share their faith. For more information, contact Grant Bryan or Kathryn Greene, the student leaders of the Bible study, at Grant.Bryan@pepperdine.edu or Kathryn.Greene@pepperdine.edu.
The Christian Legal Society serves as the primary community for Christian students at the law school. Although the Christian Legal Society does not host a large formal Bible study or prayer group, there are numerous small groups that form through and within the organization. For more information on the Christian Legal Society, including becoming a part of a small group, contact Stephanie Althoff at Stephanie.Althoff@pepperdine.edu.
Each year, the Student Life Office selects several emerging Christian leaders from among the first year students to serve as Spiritual Life Advisors. The selected students serve in this role throughout their student years. The primary role of the Spiritual Life Advisors is to serve as a liaison between the students and the law school administration in regard to spiritual life matters at the law school. The SLA group meets with the Student Life Office on a weekly basis throughout the academic year for discussion and prayer.
The Interfaith Council is an effort of the Student Life Office to make sure that students from all faith backgrounds feel welcome in the Pepperdine community. Modeled after the SLA program, the Interfaith Council meets weekly throughout the academic year to discuss spiritual life matters at the law school and to get to know one another across religious lines. The Student Life Office selects members of the council by identifying major religious groups that are represented at the law school and approaching an individual student to serve as a representative of her or his faith tradition.