Juris Doctor Application Requirements
Each candidate must submit to Pepperdine Law a completed application for admission available online through the Law School Admission Council's website.
All applicants for admission must have received a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university prior to registration. To be considered for admission, each candidate must submit the following:
- $60 non-refundable application fee - Waived for the 2020 application
- Completed, signed, and dated application
- Personal Statement
- Optional Statement
- Two Letters of Recommendation
- Law School Admission Test (LSAT) Score or Graduate Records Examinations (GRE) score
- Registration with the Credential Assembly Service (CAS)
- International Student Data Form (for visa holders)
Please attach to your application for admission a resumé, including a record of employment, scholastic honors, extracurricular activities, and community involvement.
Please include a two to four, double-spaced paged personal statement indicating fully your reasons for wanting to study law, why you chose to apply to Pepperdine Law, significant extracurricular and/or civic activities, and any further information that you feel should be considered by the Admissions Committee. If you desire, please discuss any applicable factors that would bring diversity to the class including racial or ethnic origin, age, work experience, geographical origin, and socioeconomic background.
Pepperdine Law's rich political, racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, cultural, and religious diversity forms a strong and connected community among our faculty, students, and staff. Led by our faith-based values, we believe that each person's voice and convictions enhance our community.
In light of this, you may choose by responding to the prompt below to provide the Admissions Committee additional information about yourself and the contributions you would make to our community. This is an optional portion of the application; you are in no way disadvantaged should you choose not to submit a one or two page written statement or a one or two-minute video response. If you choose to respond by video, please upload it to an easily accessible website and provide us the URL.
Pepperdine Law strives to be a deeply diverse community that is committed to its Christian mission and welcoming to students from all faiths and backgrounds as it prepares students for lives of purpose, service, and leadership. The School of Law's mission encourages adherence to the highest moral and ethical standards. See our complete mission and vision. Please share how you would contribute to this unique community.
Letters of Recommendation
Two letters of recommendation are required. Recommendations should be furnished by those individuals who can best assess your ability to succeed in law school. When possible, at least one of the recommendations should be provided by a faculty member with whom you pursued your undergraduate studies. Relatives should not be asked to submit recommendations.
How should I prepare for the LSAT?
The Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) has free resources to help students prepare for the LSAT. Students may also purchase an LSAT prep course from a variety of vendors.
Must I register for LSAC's Credential Assembly Service (CAS)?
Yes. All ABA-accredited law schools will require you to register with CAS.
What is the minimum score I must get to be eligible for admission?
Pepperdine Law does not use numerical cutoffs in admissions decisions.
What is your median GPA and LSAT?
The current median GPA is 3.63 and the current median LSAT is 160. Median numbers are calculated from the current first-year class.
How will multiple scores be evaluated?
Pepperdine Law considers the highest score that is still valid.
Will I be required to submit a CAS report if I only take the GRE?
Yes. A CAS report is required from all applicants regardless of whether they take the GRE, the LSAT, or both.
How will Pepperdine Law evaluate GRE scores?
Pepperdine Law will average your "Percent Below" values from both your Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning sections, and compare that average to our median LSAT score percentile. For example, the current Pepperdine Law LSAT median is a 160, which is about the 80th percentile of all LSAT takers. Therefore, a comparable score on the GRE would be one that scored in the 80th percentile of that test.
What is your median GRE score?
Fall 2019 is the first application cycle in which we are accepting GRE scores. Therefore, we have not yet determined what our median GRE scores are. Pepperdine Law's LSAT median is a 160, which is about the 80th percentile of all LSAT takers. Therefore, a comparable score on the GRE would be one that scored in the 80th percentile of that test.
How will Pepperdine Law evaluate applications that include both a GRE score and an LSAT score?
If you submit a GRE and an LSAT score, we will evaluate both scores.
How should I submit my GRE scores to Pepperdine Law?
We will only accept official GRE score reports from ETS. Please indicate "Pepperdine University" as a recipient of your test scores. For more information on submitting official score reports, please visit the ETS website.
What is Pepperdine Law's GRE school code?
Our school code is 4371.
If I take both the GRE and the LSAT, am I required to submit my GRE scores to Pepperdine Law?
No, you are not required to submit your GRE score and we will not see that score unless you send it to us.
If I take both the GRE and the LSAT, will my LSAT scores be sent to Pepperdine Law?
Yes. Because a CAS report is required of all applicants, Pepperdine Law will automatically receive all valid LSAT scores.
If I submit a GRE score only, will my application be evaluated the same way as someone who submitted an LSAT score only?
Yes. The Admissions Committee will accept either test score. We consider all applications holistically and will evaluate applications similarly regardless of test type.
Does it help my chances of admission if I submit both an LSAT and a GRE score?
Perhaps. A materially higher score on one or the other might improve your chances of admissions. You should prepare for and take the test that you feel is most indicative of your academic ability.
Standards of Admission
Responsibility for evaluation of candidates for admission is vested in the faculty Admissions Committee. Completed files are sent to the Committee, where objective criteria such as the undergraduate grade point average and the Law School Admission Test score are carefully evaluated. Objective information regarding admitted students can be found here. The next stage of the evaluation is subjective and includes employment experience, extracurricular activities, evaluation of the applicant's ability to make a positive contribution to the unique environment of a Christian law school, community involvement, commitment to high standards or morality and ethics, reasons for wanting to study law, competence in writing and speaking, emotional stability, maturity, initiative, motivation, and other relevant subjective information furnished by the applicant.