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Quick Facts

Work Commitment: 2 full work days each week of the semester.

Units: 4

Advising Component: The School of Law will also designate faculty to serve as faculty advisors who will meet regularly with students to discuss their work.

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.

Public Interest Practicum

The Public Interest Practicum is a field placement program through which School of Law students work with NLSLA in its practice representing individuals in its various practice areas, including Housing, Bankruptcy, Family Law (focusing on domestic violence practice), Public Benefits, Immigration, Disaster Relief, Self-Help, and Clean-Slate advocacy. Under supervision of NLSLA attorneys, students' work includes client intake and evaluation, interviews, advice and counsel, advocacy and representation, policy and legal research, and legal writing.

Note: Students interested in the Public Interest Practicum must indicate their practice area of interest in their letter of application. See the Practicum Enrollment for more information.

Veterans Law Practicum

The Veterans Law Practicum is a field placement program through which School of Law students work with the Public Defender in its practice for veterans 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.

Application Process

To apply, interested students should submit a letter of application to express and explain their interest in the work, a resume and a writing sample to Professor Baker and the Clinical Program Manager. Letters of application may be addressed to the appropriate individuals listed here.