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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. While we recognize that there is still much work to be done, we have outlined important measures and goals in our strategic plan for the continued improvement of diversity at Caruso Law. Read our statement of purpose.

Read the 2020-21 Diversity and Belonging Report



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Spotlight of the Month

Jacob Glucksman

We are honored to join our Jewish community members in celebrating the High Holy Days. Pepperdine Caruso Law alumnus Jacob Glucksman (JD '05) has this reflection to offer:

For Jews throughout the world, the High Holy Days (Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot) mark a time of celebration, reflection, forgiveness, and introspection. The High Holy Days comprise a period of several weeks whereby members of Jewish faith gather in prayer to both pray for God's forgiveness from our transgressions throughout the year and to thank God for sustaining our lives.

As a criminal defense practitioner, the theme of forgiveness that is central to the Jewish High Holy Days plays an integral part of my everyday life.

As an active member of the Pepperdine community, I am fortunate to be part of a profession and religion that places a high value and strong emphasis on forgiveness, and I celebrate Pepperdine for giving me the opportunity to help others every single day.

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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)