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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 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 campusĀ and follow us on the Surf Report.

I am delighted to share the news that Pepperdine Caruso Law plans to welcome you to our Malibu campus this fall.

Based on all available information from local and state officials, we are confident that we will be able to resume in-person instruction in August. We are fortunate that the size and location of our school allows us to adapt to healthy and safety guidelines so we can be together for the start of the 2020-2021 academic year.

Please continue to check back for updates and new information. I look forward to meeting you in Malibu in August.

Shannon Phillips
Dean of Admissions & Student Information

Class of 2023

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Important Next Steps for Incoming Students

  • July 2020: Submit your FAFSA using Pepperdine's code 001264
  • August 10 - August 13, 2020: Launch Week

  • August 14, 2020: First Day of Class
  • August 15, 2020: Student Health Insurance Waiver Due

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Accepting the Offer of Admission

The seat deposit deadline has passed. Please contact the Office of Admissions with any questions.

Pay the seat deposit in your Student Center in WaveNet, as a charge will not appear on your account. Please refer to your Offer of Admission email or your Offer of Admission packet with your deposit amount information. Seat deposit are applied to your first semester tuition.

Current News from Malibu

Life in Malibu

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The best way to experience the Pepperdine Caruso School of Law's community is to visit our campus. We encourage you to take a virtual tour of Caruso Law while classes are being taught online for Spring 2020. You are also welcome to read about our Student Ambassadors and let us know if you have an interest in connecting with them directly.

Typically, during the academic year, we have daily scheduled tours, class visits, and opportunities for prospective students to interact with current law students and faculty, which you can register for below. During the summer months, we have several scheduled tours during the week. Please schedule your visit below and we look forward to welcoming you to our campus.


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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.


FAQs for Admitted Students

  Can I visit Pepperdine?

We encourage you to take a virtual tour of Caruso Law while Pepperdine University is closed to campus visitors. You are also welcome to read about our Student Ambassadors and let us know if you have an interest in connecting with them directly.

  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.