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Application Requirements

Each candidate must submit to the School of 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 2018 application
  • Completed, signed, and dated application
  • Resumé
  • Personal Statement
  • Optional Responses
  • 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 Responses

At Pepperdine Law, our admission evaluation goes well beyond an applicant's LSAT and GPA scores.  We also give careful attention to many other predictors of law school success, including leadership, resilience, initiative, motivation, hard work, a commitment to excellence, the ability to think critically and creatively, and the ability to communicate ideas with precision -- both orally and in writing.

In light of this, you may choose to provide the Admissions Committee additional information about yourself to evaluate along with your application.  This is an optional portion of the application.  You are in no way disadvantaged should you choose not to exercise the option of selecting ONE of the four prompts below by submitting either a one or two page written response or a one or two minute video response.  If you respond via video, please upload it to an easily accessible website and provide us with the URL. 

1. Pepperdine | Law: Where Passion Meets Purpose.  What are you passionate about?

2. You are going on a one-year road trip and you can bring along with you anyone who has ever lived.  Who do you take and why?

3. Describe a time when you pursued a long-term goal with passion and persistence. 

4. "The difference between greatness and mediocrity is often how an individual views a mistake." - Nelson Boswell, American author.  Describe a mistake you made that you view as a positive event in your life.

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.