Traditional JD Program
Pepperdine School of Law awards the Juris Doctor (JD) degree after the successful completion of 88 units of course work which includes the completion of the upper-division writing requirement, the upper-division skills requirement, the experiential learning requirement, along with other requirements.
JD Program Curriculum
First-year law students follow a rigorous course of study in the following subjects: Civil Procedure, Constitutional Structure, Contracts, Criminal Law, Introduction to Professional Formation, Legal Research and Writing, Property, and Torts.
After the first year, students are required to complete 20-23 units of additional required courses, including: Constitutional Law- Individual Rights and Liberties, Corporations, Criminal Procedure, Ethical Lawyering, Evidence, Remedies, and Wills and Trusts.
Students also have the opportunity to select from a broad range of elective courses, clinics, externships, practicums, and student-edited journals. Students may choose to pursue a concentration in an area of interest. The School of Law offers five certificate programs: (1) a certificate in criminal legal practice; (2) a certificate in dispute resolution; (3) a certificate in international and comparative law; (4) a certificate in law and entrepreneurship; and (5) a certificate in entertainment, media, and sports law.