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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 you, 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.  We are pleased to offer in-person campus tours of Caruso Law.  You must register in advance and can do so here.  

Experience Caruso Law by following us on the Surf Report to get more news from Malibu and sign-up for events hosted by the law school.  I welcome the opportunity to virtually meet with you as well.  Please continue to check back here for updates, new information, and opportunities to engage with our school.  I look forward to connecting with you!

Shannon Phillips
Dean of Admissions & Student Information
shannon.phillips@pepperdine.edu

Class of 2025

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Important Next Steps for Incoming Students

  • April 8, 2022: Open House for Admitted Students 
  • April 15, 2022: First Seat Deposit for Traditional 3-Year JD program
  • April 15, 2022: Seat Deposit for Accelerated 2-Year JD program
  • May 1, 2022: Submit FASFA
  • May 23, 2022: First day of Summer Session for the Accelerated 2-Year JD program
  • June 15, 2022: Second Seat Deposit for Traditional 3-Year JD program
  • August 8-11, 2022: New Student Orientation
  • August 12, 2022: First Day of Class

Here are additional resources to help prepare you to join our community.

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Accepting the Offer of Admission

Congratulations again 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 refer to your offer email for your first seat deposit deadline. 

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.

Your non-refundable seat deposit(s) are applied to your first-semester tuition. Please contact the Office of Admissions with any questions. 

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.  We encourage you to attend one of our on-campus or virtual opportunities to connect with a Student Ambassador or Admissions Counselor.  Click here to register for one of our in-person or virtual tours of Caruso Law.  We also welcome you to experience a virtual tour of the law school. 

Current News from Malibu

Housing 

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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. The Graduate housing portal will open for Fall 2022 in spring.  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 resource 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 questions.  

 

FAQs for Admitted Students

  Can I visit Pepperdine?

During the academic year, in-person and virtual tours are offered by our Student Ambassadors. Get an in-depth look at the Pepperdine community and ask questions to learn more about our admissions process, application requirements, and our distinct program offerings. Please click here to register. In the meantime, we encourage you to view the Caruso Law virtual tour. If you are unable to join us, meet an admissions counselor on the road at a recruitment event near you.   

  Is my merit scholarship negotiable?

Our Merit Scholarships are based on a combination of an applicant's LSAT or GRE test score(s) and cumulative 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 also 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. More information on scholarships can be found here

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

The Office of Admissions manages the Class of 2025 Facebook Page for incoming students. The class page is a resource for you to connect with other incoming students and 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. We will admit you to the page once you have paid your seat deposit.

  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, it 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 8, 2022. 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 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. 1L's are in class Monday-Thursday from 8:30 am-3:30 pm and Fridays from 8:30 am-12:00 pm. You can view the Fall 2021-Spring 2022 course schedule here for reference. 

  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?

The Fall 2022 housing portal will become available during the Spring 2022 semester. You must have paid your first deposit in order to be eligible to apply to the on-campus graduate housing. The complex houses approximately 100 law students and is conveniently located across the street from the law school. More information on the George Page Residential Complex can be found here and you can view a floor plan here. Please contact the Housing Office at housing@pepperdine.edu or at (310) 506-7586 with any questions.

  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 2022-2023 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. Please email your form to our Office of Student Information & Services to be processed and sent to your servicer. 

  Does the University have a COVID-19 vaccination policy?

With the objective of prioritizing the health and safety of our faculty, staff, and students, while ensuring the highest standards of academic excellence and a transformative student experience, Pepperdine University requires, beginning the fall 2021 term, all faculty, staff, and students accessing any University campus or facility, who do not claim an exemption, to be vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine. For more information, please visit the COVID-19 Vaccine Information website.