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Diversity and Belonging

At Pepperdine Caruso Law, our community is rich in political, racial, and spiritual diversity which has formed a strong culture of connection among our students, faculty, and staff. Led by our faith-based values, we believe that each person’s voice and convictions enhance our community.

We are committed to being a place where all belong.

Read our statement of purpose


Spotlight of the Month

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Since 1988, the U.S. Government has set aside the period from September 15 to October 15 as National Hispanic American Heritage Month to honor the many contributions Hispanic and Latinx Americans have made and continue to make to the United States of America.

Melody Rodriguez (JD '12) is an excellent example of a rising Latina leader.

"I am proud to be the featured alum during Hispanic Heritage month. My family has roots in Mexico and Spain, and I am the daughter of a second-generation American and a naturalized citizen. I am the first person in my family to earn a graduate degree, and that makes me all the more grateful for the sacrifices and contributions made to create this opportunity for Hispanic women like me, the culture that raised us and the community that lifts us up."

Melody Rodriguez, JD '12


First Generation Students

Pepperdine Caruso Law is excited to support students who are the first in their family to graduate from college. Through our "First Gen" initiatives, we strive to foster a community that establishes mentors, creates opportunities, and opens dialogue about what it means to be a First Gen law student.


Nathalie surrounded by family at her graduation on alumni park

I became the person I am today because of Pepperdine – how to be an attorney who has a sense of empathy and compassion in this world – we all gravitated naturally towards this attitude.

Nathalie Adourian

(JD '10)