In Pepperdine's practicum courses, students work in specialized field placements under supervision of experienced practitioners and with enhanced rigor and focus from expert faculty at either Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County (NLSLA) or the Ventura County Public Defender's Office.
Los Angeles Practicums
Employment Law Practicum
Selected students work with NLSLA its Workers Rights Clinic to provide information, referrals and self-help guidance for litigants, regarding wage and hour rules, claims with administrative agencies, unemployment insurance, labor commission processes, hearing and appeals. This work may expand to include direct, full representation of clients in administrative hearings and appeals.
Health Law Practicum
Selected students work with NLSLA in its Health Consumer Center to ensure implementation of the Affordable Care Act for most impacted areas in Los Angeles. Under supervision of NLSLA attorneys, students assist clients in getting coverage and resolving problems with health plans through client intakes and evaluation, interviews, advice and counsel, advocacy and representation. In addition, student will do policy and legal research, and legal writing to identify widespread health access issues that need to be addressed on a policy level.
Immigration Law Practicum
Selected students work with NLSLA in its immigration law practice to provide advice, counsel, and advocacy for clients on immigration matters and controversies. The students' work includes client intake and evaluation, interviews, advice and counsel, advocacy and representation, policy and legal research, and legal writing.
Veterans Law Practicum
Selected students work with NLSLA in its Veterans Empowerment Initiative in the San Fernando Valley to provide legal services to veterans in need within integrated, multidisciplinary collaborations with other service providers. The students study Trauma Informed Care with a special focus on military service connected Post Traumatic Stress. The coursework is diverse and varied, giving students ample exposure to Veterans Treatment Courts, Homeless Court, Mental Health Court, and Stand Down Court.
Ventura Veterans Law Practicum
Selected students work in the Ventura County Public Defender's Office to serve veterans in the in the Collaborative Courts within the Ventura County Superior Court, including the Veterans Treatment Court, Homeless Court, Mental Health Court, Stand Down Court, and others. The students' work may also include screening for clients in arraignments and potentially assisting at trial.