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Admitted Students Information Hub

Congratulations on your acceptance to the Pepperdine University Rick J. Caruso School of Law!  We have hand-selected you as students who represent the heart of our school in different yet profound ways.

This page is a hub of important information for our admitted students.  We want to provide you with resources to assist you in the important decision of choosing a law school, along with upcoming events and important deadlines.  Most importantly, we welcome you to engage in our community and learn what makes Pepperdine so unique.  Take a virtual tour of our Malibu campus and follow us on the Surf Report.

We invite you to connect with an admission officer or JD student ambassador virtually to learn more about our community and programs.  I welcome the opportunity to meet with you as well.  Please continue to check back for updates and new information.  I look forward to meeting you!

Shannon Phillips
Dean of Admissions & Student Information

Class of 2024

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Important Next Steps for Incoming Students

  • March 1, 2021: Submit your FAFSA using Pepperdine's code 001264
  • April 15, 2021: Seat deposit ($800) due for Accelerated 2-Year JD Program
  • April 15, 2021: First seat deposit ($400) due for Traditional 3-Year JD Program
  • June 15, 2021: Second seat deposit ($600) due for Traditional 3-Year JD Program
  • May 24, 2020: First day of class for Accelerated 2-Year JD Program

Here are additional resources to help prepare you to join the Pepperdine Caruso School of Law community.

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Accepting the Offer of Admission

Congratulations on your admission to Pepperdine Caruso Law! Please complete this form to accept the offer of admission. Once you've completed the form, visit your Applicant Center in WaveNet to pay your deposit.

Please note you will not see a "balance due" in your Applicant Center. Refer to your Offer of Admission for your deposit information. You can pay your deposit via eCheck, wire transfer, or money order. Pepperdine University is not able to accept credit card payments.

Once you have completed the payment and attend Pepperdine, your seat deposit(s) will be applied to your first-semester tuition. If you have any questions please contact the Office of Admissions 

Current News from Malibu

Life in Malibu

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Our students tell us that visiting Pepperdine Caruso Law's campus is the best way to experience our distinctive community. While our campus is closed we encourage you to attend one of our virtual opportunities with a current JD student or Admissions Representative. Here is more information about our Student Ambassadors and why they chose Pepperdine! We also welcome you to take a virtual tour of the law school. 


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Law students find their own housing but we are pleased to assist you the best we can.

Admitted students who have paid their first-deposit can apply to the George Page Residential Complex, the on-campus graduate housing. Contact the Housing Office at (310) 506-7586 if you need assistance or have any questions.

Please contact the Office of Admissions for our Off-Campus Housing PDF at (310) 506-6787 or email us at lawadmis@pepperdine.edu.

Tuition & Financial Aid

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We recognize that a legal education is a major investment in your future and requires a tremendous financial commitment. We are committed to assisting our students to understand the options available in financing a legal education, as well as educating them to make wise financial choices in regards to their education and life as a law student.

Contact the Office of Financial Assistance at 310.506.4633 or lawfinaid@pepperdine.edu with any additional questions.  


FAQs for Admitted Students

  Can I visit Pepperdine?

We encourage you to attend one of our virtual opportunities. Meet-and-greet sessions hosted by our JD students are offered four days a week. You are able to have your questions answered by a current student and hear more about their experience at Caruso Law. You can find more information about our Student Ambassadors here

Virtual drop-in hours are hosted by an admissions counselor Monday-Thursday. You can ask questions to learn more about our distinct program offerings, our admissions process, and application requirements. To get an in-depth look into Caruso Law, admissions informational presentations are offered Fridays from 12-1 pm (PT). You can also participate in the virtual tour of Caruso Law and visit with an admissions counselor at a virtual recruitment event.   

  Is my merit scholarship negotiable?

Our Merit Scholarships are based on a combination of an applicant's LSAT or GRE test score(s) and undergraduate GPA. To ensure fairness and consistency of the scholarship amounts across all of our incoming students who are offered merit scholarships, Pepperdine Caruso Law does not negotiate scholarships, regardless of scholarship offers from other law schools. As the admissions process continues throughout the spring, there may be an opportunity for our scholarship offers to increase. Students are notified if and when this occurs.

  Are there any other types of scholarships available?

During your 2L and 3L years, students are eligible to apply for our Restricted and Endowed Scholarships. These are applied to the spring semester of the same year, and typically range from $1,500 to $4,000. Students are encouraged to search for outside scholarships. The Financial Assistance Office maintains an ongoing list of these scholarships, which are updated with new opportunities and shared with current students.

  Is there a way for me to communicate with other incoming students?

The Office of Admissions will create a Class of 2023 Facebook Page for incoming students in mid-spring. The Pepperdine Caruso Facebook Class of 2023 Page is a resource for you to connect with other incoming students. This page is used by our office to post reminders and any pertinent information regarding your enrollment and a place for students to connect with incoming 1Ls.

  What is Launch Week? Is it required?

Launch Week is a week-long orientation to a successful law career. Launch Week consists of the Academic Mastery Program, designed to equip students with the necessary skills to be successful in law school. Additionally, Launch Week is an opportunity to meet your faculty, student, and alumni mentors, as well as connect with fellow new students. Launch Week is required for all 1Ls and begins on Monday, August 10th, 2020. Readings for the week will be made available 5-10 days in advance.

  What is our first-semester schedule?

Students are enrolled in courses for fall 2020 in mid-July. Students typically take Civil Procedure, Criminal Law, Legal Research and Writing I, and Torts during the first semester, and Constitutional Structure, Contracts, Legal Research and Writing II, and Property during the spring semester. Accelerated Option students also take these same courses in the fall and spring of their 1L year. Students are in class Monday-Thursday from 8:30 am-3:30 pm and Fridays from 8:30 am-12:00 pm.

  When will I know who my professors are and what books to buy?

Information regarding students' sections and textbooks will be made available in mid-July.

  How do I apply for on-campus housing?

Applications to live in the George Page Residential Complex can be found here. You can apply for Fall 2020 housing once your first deposit is paid. George Page Residential Complex houses approximately 100 of our law students and the complex is conveniently located across the street from the law school building. For a view of the floor plan, please click here.

  Are there health insurance plans for law students?
Pepperdine University provides health insurance for all enrolled students. USI Student Insurance Services facilitates our Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP), and Anthem Blue Cross provides customer service to our students for all insurance matters. Please visit the website here for more information.
  How do I get a parking pass?

All vehicles, including motorcycles, scooters, and mopeds, require a properly displayed parking permit. Currently, Pepperdine does not charge for parking permits. Our office will send you details regarding your 2020-2021 parking permit in late July.

  How do I defer my current student loans?

Once you are enrolled as a law student, please visit your loan servicer's website and request an in-school deferment form. The form can be filled out by our Student Information & Services Office to confirm your enrollment and will then be sent to your servicer.