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Visiting JD Student Admissions


If you are a law school student currently attending an ABA-approved law school and you are in good standing at that institution, we invite you to apply to be a visiting student at Pepperdine Caruso Law.

Apply to Visit Pepperdine Caruso Law

Pepperdine Caruso Law students in Malibu

The application deadlines are:

Fall admission - July 15
Spring admission - November 15
Summer admission - April 15

Visiting Student FAQ

Access to Campus Facilities

As a visiting law student, you have access to the University's athletic facilities. You also have access to the libraries and cafeterias at Seaver College and the Drescher Graduate Campus.

The Caruso School of Law cafeteria is open throughout the year. Hours of operation vary according to the academic calendar.


As per the Academic Policy: The maximum number of hours missed, whether excused or unexcused, shall not exceed two times the unit value of the course. Students missing more than that number may be academically dismissed from the class, may not be allowed to sit for any scheduled exams, and may not be given academic credit for the course

Whenever a student notifies a professor in writing of any absences arising from the observance of religious holidays, those absences shall not be counted as 'hours missed' for the purposes of this section.


Visiting students are eligible to receive the CALI awards which are granted to the student(s) with the highest grade earned in each class.


Once your class schedule is finalized, you may purchase or rent your books at the Pepperdine University Caruso School of Law bookstore.

The bookstore can be reached at 310.506.4659.


Although it is not required, it is strongly recommended that you bring a laptop to the Caruso School of Law.

There are computers available in the Caruso School of Law library if you choose not to bring a laptop. For questions regarding computers and other technology-related subjects, please contact Gilbert Marquez at 310.506.7524 or at Gilbert.Marquez@pepperdine.edu.

Counseling Center

The Counseling Center provides free and confidential services to all students.

For more information, please visit the Counseling Center website or call the center at 310.506.4210.

High Pass/Pass/Credit/Fail Election

Visiting students may elect to enroll in up to two elective graded courses on a high pass/pass/credit/fail basis at Pepperdine Caruso Law. However, it is strongly advised that you contact your home law school to ensure that these high pass/pass/credit/fail grades will be accepted

Housing and Residence Life Information

Pepperdine University provides on-campus housing for law students in the George Page Residential Complex. Located across the street from the law school, George Page provides quick access to classes and the Jerene Appleby Harnish Law Library. Please contact the Housing Office for questions about on-campus housing at (310) 506-7586.

The Office of Admissions coordinates an off-campus housing book that is up-to-date on current unit listings in and around Malibu. For information regarding these off-campus housing listings, please contact the Office of Admissions at 310.506.6787 or lawadmis@pepperdine.edu.

Law Journals

Visiting students are not eligible to write-on to the law journals.

Moot Court Competitions and Trial Teams

Visiting students are not eligible to participate in the moot court competitions.

If you are interested in participating in the trial team competitions, please contact Professor Harry Caldwell at harry.caldwell@pepperdine.edu regarding eligibility.

Career Development Services

Visiting students are not eligible to participate in Pepperdine Caruso Law's Recruiting Programs, but they do have access to Pepperdine Caruso Law's internal, online job board during their time at Pepperdine Caruso Law. Please contact the Career Development Office at cdo@pepperdine.edu or call 310.506.4634 with any questions.


Parking is free for current Pepperdine students. To register your vehicle, please visit the home page of Pepperdine University's Public Safety website.

Refer to the section titled "What's New in Public Safety" and click on "Vehicle Registration".

Pepperdine Student ID Cards

All current Pepperdine students must have a student ID card in order to have access to campus amenities including the libraries and athletic facilities.

To obtain an ID card, please visit OneStop, located on the 2nd floor of the Thorton Administrative Center (TAC) at Main Campus.


If you plan to take less than 12 or more than 17 units in a semester, you will need to obtain approval from your home school (this typically is outlined in the letter of permission that is submitted as part of the visiting student application).

If the letter does not contain this information, we will require that you contact your home school to obtain permission.

The only exception to this policy is if a student needs less than 12 units to graduate.

Renting a Car

In addition to the frequent on-campus and Malibu Shopping shuttles six days each week, Pepperdine offers a car-sharing program to members of its community with ZipCar. Car sharing allows members, at least 18 years old, an environmentally-friendly, economical alternative to bringing a car to campus. Visit the ZipCar website for step-by-step instructions to reserve a ZipCar.

For more information about renting a car, please contact Pepperdine University's Public Safety at 310.506.4700.

Student Health Insurance

You and your dependents are eligible for the Student Health Insurance Plans (SHIP) offered through USI Student Insurance and Anthem Blue Cross.

For more information, please contact the Student Health Center at 310.506.4316.

Student Organizations

Visiting students are eligible to participate in any of the Caruso School of Law's student organizations.

For a complete listing, please visit our Student Organizations page.

University Policies

By enrolling in courses at Pepperdine Caruso Law, you are agreeing to abide by all University policies, including those listed in the Pepperdine Caruso Law Student Handbook. Review the Handbook for the Honor Code, Student Life Policies, Ethics Policy, Academic Policy, and other important information.