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Suit Stipend Program

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The purpose of the Suit Stipend Program is to provide funding for interviewing attire to juris doctor law students who would find it a challenge to acquire this attire otherwise.

Without access to interviewing attire, a student may not apply for jobs if they worry that they would not have a suit to wear to the interview. Additionally, many employers include interview attire in their evaluation of a candidate. Therefore, if a student goes to the interview without a professional suit, this may harm their chances of securing the position. We hope to create more opportunities for all students by removing this attire barrier.

Student Testimonial

I’m so thankful I could receive the suit stipend because it boosted my confidence for job interviews and elevated my professionalism. It may seem like a small thing, having a nice suit makes for a good first impression which could potentially make or break a job acceptance. I am most of all thankful to the donors who helped me get one more step closer to my goals of finishing law school and becoming a great lawyer!

~Student stipend recipient

 

Sponsor Testimonial

Weinberg Gonser also shares Pepperdine's belief that we should all work together to eliminate the artificial barriers that prevent equal opportunities for different law students, including socioeconomic barriers. Something as simple as a new suit can provide a gateway to more opportunities and help students carry themselves with confidence into job interviews, meetings, or other similar opportunities—regardless of their financial position at the time.

~ Weinberg Gosner LLP

 

Contact Us

Pepperdine Caruso School of Law typically facilitates this program once per year in the Fall. For questions about the application process, please reach out to CDO Senior Associate Director Alexis Joyce at alexis.joyce@pepperdine.edu.