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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 2019 application
  • Completed, signed, and dated application
  • Resumé
  • Personal Statement
  • Optional Statement
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Law School Admission Test (LSAT) 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.

Personal Statement

Please include a brief 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.

Optional Statement

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. Our complete mission and vision can be found here. 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.

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.