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JD Admissions FAQ

When is the law school application available?

The application becomes available every September through LSAC. The priority deadline is February 15 and the final deadline is April 1 of each year.

When do I take the LSAT?  

Applicants are urged to take the LSAT no later than March of the year in which admission is sought.

How is my LSAT score evaluated?  

The Admissions Committee evaluates applicants based on their highest LSAT score and does not average multiple scores, though all scores are seen when reviewing the application.

How long are LSAT scores valid?  

LSAT scores are valid for up to five years.

If I plan to take a future LSAT, can I apply without a reportable score?

Yes, an applicant can apply to the law school without a reportable score; however, the application will remain incomplete until the LSAT score has been reported to the law school from the LSAC. We encourage applicants to apply once they have a reportable score in order to avoid delays. 

Does Pepperdine accept a GRE instead of the LSAT?

Yes. Pepperdine will accept a GRE score for admission. Please see a full list of GRE questions here.

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.

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.

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.

Is there a required undergraduate cumulative GPA and LSAT score I must have to apply?

There is no minimum or maximum GPA or LSAT score an applicant must have, all eligible applicants are encouraged to apply.

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 is my undergraduate GPA evaluated?  

The Admissions Committee evaluates applicants based on their cumulative undergraduate GPA as calculated by the LSAC.

If I have earned a graduate degree, will my graduate GPA be taken into consideration?

Although the graduate GPA is not reflected in the cumulative GPA, a graduate degree can be an indicator of the applicant’s increased focus and ability.

Are there specific majors or minors that the Admissions Committee looks at from applicants?  

A specific major is not required for admissions, but the Admissions Committee will focus on college grades, major, and selection of courses. The Committee looks favorably on students who have selected intellectually challenging courses of study. Whatever the discipline, it is urged you concentrate on developing strong writing and analytical skills. Courses that require active participation in a classroom dialogue will be helpful in preparing for law school.

Does Pepperdine Law conduct interviews as part of the application process?

No, interviews are not part of the application process. Those who serve on the Admissions Committee remain anonymous. We encourage applicants to visit campus during the admissions process if they can. The people you will meet and the community you will experience are truly unparalleled. 

When will my application be reviewed?

We admit students on a rolling basis, with decisions made between December and May. You will be notified of your decision via email. Applicants may be admitted, denied or placed on the waiting list. If you are placed on the waiting list, we encourage you to periodically submit letters of continued interest. You may also update your file with new information that may support an offer of admission. All correspondence once you have been placed on the waiting list should be directed to waitlistlaw@pepperdine.edu.

How long should the personal statement be?  

It is recommended that this response not exceed four, double-spaced pages with no less than 12 point font. The best personal statements are clear, concise, and compelling and free from spelling and grammatical errors.

How long should the optional statement be?

The optional statement should be one to two, double-spaced pages with no less than 12 point font or a one to two-minute video response. If you respond via video, please upload it to an easily accessible website and provide the URL with your application. You are in no way disadvantaged should you choose not to submit an optional statement.

How many letters of recommendation should I submit?

You are required to submit two letters of recommendation to LSAC, though you can submit up to four. The Admissions Committee recommends that at least one letter be an academic recommendation and one is a professional recommendation.

Can I submit an addendum?

Yes, if an applicant feels that there is information they wish to share with the Admissions Committee that is not included in the required documents, an addendum will be accepted. Addendums can be emailed to lawadmis@pepperdine.edu and will be uploaded to your application for the admissions committee to review.

Do you have an appeals process?

We have no appeals process. If you are denied admission, we welcome you to re-apply in a subsequent year or consider transfer options.