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Meet Your Student Ambassadors

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The Heart of our Community

Pepperdine Caruso Law's student ambassadors represent the heart of our school in different yet profound ways. Student ambassadors are recommended by faculty, staff, and administrators and serve as professional student leaders who connect with prospective students and host law school info sessions. They are leaders in our community, involved, enthusiastic, and having been through this process themselves, are in a unique position to provide insight from their firsthand experience. Pepperdine Caruso Law student ambassadors are a diverse group of academic achievers and represent a broad spectrum of interest areas in legal practice.

Our student ambassadors will share their personal emails to students who attend a virtual info session with them. For questions about the application and admissions process, please contact the admissions office at lawadmis@pepperdine.edu after reviewing the Frequently Asked Questions

Shruti Aggarwal, 1L

Hometown: Oak Park, California

Undergraduate University & Major: University of California, Berkeley; Materials Science and Engineering

Extracurricular Activities: WLA member, MLC member, APALSA member

Plans after Pepperdine Caruso Law: I would like to work as a patent attorney.

Favorite Thing about Pepperdine: The inclusivity and camaraderie

Advice for future Pepperdine Caruso Law Students: Start on your outlines early! Build them up steadily so that by the time you hit the week before exams, you just need to refine them.

Nick Archibald, 2L

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Hometown: Rescue, California

Undergraduate University & Major: University of California, Davis - History and Political Science

Extracurricular Activities: International Law Society, Dispute Resolution Society

Plans after Pepperdine Caruso Law: To gain legal experience in California before passing the MBE and aiding international clients in development and human rights litigation on the East Coast

Favorite Thing about Pepperdine: The friendly student atmosphere and the feeling of being part of a family. All the professors, deans, and staff are taking care of you and are passionate about your success.

Advice for future Pepperdine Caruso Law Students: Come in to law school with an open mind. Learning a new method of learning can be uncomfortable and a little scary. Work with your professors and advisors and I promise you will get it faster than you think. Your future clients will thank you for the hard work and dedication you put in now to become the best public servant you can be!

Patrick Babajanian, 1L

Caruso Law student Patrick Babajanian

Hometown: Los Angeles, California

Undergraduate University & Major: University of California, Berkeley - Peace & Conflict Studies

Plans after Pepperdine Caruso Law: To pass the bar exam and begin practicing in Los Angeles, either in local public service or with a private firm or other organization - keeping an open mind as of now, no plans set in stone!

Favorite Thing about Pepperdine: The fact that you can get a best-in-class legal education but also enjoy the learning experience with those around you. All the professors and classmates I've gotten to know so far have been amazing, and I count myself lucky to get to spend my time with them. It's a testament to the strength of the Pepperdine community that I can say this without having ever stepped foot on the Pepperdine campus given the need to go virtual in response to the pandemic.

Advice for future Pepperdine Caruso Law Students: Start outlining early in the semester! It'll save you a lot of time when it comes to preparing for finals. Also, there's nothing wrong with taking things easy extracurricular-wise your first year - my 1L priority has been to get a solid academic footing (and good grades, of course!) before diving too deep into anything else. Finally, keep an open mind as you enter law school - you may already have some areas of the law in which you're interested (or not!), but you never know what you might find to be your passion along the way!

Deepika Chandrashekar, 1L

Caruso Law student Deepika Chandrashekar

Hometown: Irvine, California

Undergraduate University & Major: University of California, Santa Barbara - History of Public Policy and Law, Feminist Studies Minor

Extracurricular Activities: Multicultural Law Coalition; Women's Law Association; Asian Pacific American Law Student Association

Plans after Pepperdine Caruso Law: As a 1L I am still exploring my options, but I am considering civil litigation.

Favorite Thing about Pepperdine: How small the school is! The community is very friendly and supportive.

Advice for future Pepperdine Caruso Law Students: Get to know your professors and classmates.

MacKenna Johnson, 2L

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Hometown: Agoura Hills, CA

Undergraduate University and Major: Cal Poly SLO—History

Pepperdine Caruso Law Extracurricular Activities: Women's Legal Association; OUTLaw; National Lawyers Guild; Phi Delta Phi

Legal Works: Volunteer Legal Clerk for the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office, Hardcore Gang Division; Community Justice Clinic

Plans after graduation: I plan to work in civil rights law, ideally an organization like the ACLU!

Favorite thing about Pepperdine Caruso Law: I love how warm and open everyone is. The whole community is very helpful and supportive, and I feel that we all want our fellow students to thrive.

Advice for future law students: Relax during the summer before you start school, but come prepared to read a lot. As long as you're willing to do the work, you will be successful.

Troy Kramer, 3L

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Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona

Undergraduate University and Major: Pepperdine University - Economics 

Pepperdine Caruso Law Extracurricular Activities: Christian Legal Society, Journal of Business Entrepreneurship and the Law (JBEL)

Plans after graduation: I want to practice civil litigation and real estate law and hope to own my own law firm one day

Favorite thing about Pepperdine Caruso Law: The community. Pepperdine is an incredible group of students, professors, and faculty members who really make it feel like home. I know I can rely on my friends and mentors when I need something and always feel secure being in this tight-knit community.

Advice for future law students: Law school isn't as scary as everyone says it is. As long as you do the work and hold yourself accountable, you're going to be just fine!

Rebecca Voth, 2L

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Hometown: Rowlett, Texas

Undergraduate University & Major: Baylor University - University Scholar

Pepperdine Law Extracurricular Activities: Christian Legal Society; Spanish Club

Plans after Pepperdine Caruso Law: I hope to work for the State Department or an NGO such as International Justice Mission focusing on international human rights

Favorite Thing about Pepperdine: My favorite thing about the Pepperdine Caruso School of Law is the community! The professors and students truly care about one another and support one another.

Advice for future Pepperdine Caruso Law Students: Before coming in the fall, spend some time with family and friends who remind you who you are and your purpose so that you can be grounded and prepared to face the challenges of the first semester of law school.

Kelly Shea, 3L

Hometown: Encino, CA

Undergraduate University & Major: Thomas Edison State University, BA Sociology

Pepperdine Law Extracurricular Activities: Phi Delta Phi, Federalist Society, Christian Legal Society, Law Review, 9th Circuit ClinicPlans after Pepperdine Caruso Law: District Attorney's Office

Plans after Pepperdine Caruso Law: Work in Post Conviction Appeals

Favorite Thing About Pepperdine: The people

Advice for future Pepperdine Caruso Law students: Forge lasting relationships.