Visiting Student Information
"Fun, educational & professionally enriching"
Pepperdine Caruso School of Law's unique London Program is a rigorous and exciting study-abroad program open to visiting law students in the second or third years of law school. The law school offers the London Program each fall term. The Pepperdine Academic Director teaches courses in American law, while British professors and lawyers teach courses touching on varied aspects of international, foreign, and British law and practice, including human rights, business, politics, and diplomacy.
Applications for the Fall 2021 program are now open. The University continues its planning, studying, and monitoring of the evolving COVID-19 updates in Southern California, throughout the nation, and around the world. Program administration will share any changes to the program due to entry restrictions imposed by the United Kingdom, quarantine requirements, restricted occupancy, or local conditions; University guidance or policies; guidance from program directors, and care for the student experience as soon as they are available.
An Experience Like No Other
Each semester begins with introductory lectures, tours, and events covering the British political system and English legal system, including a guided visit to The Houses of Parliament and a legal London tour with an expert guide. Students attend a lecture about the Inns of Court and Legal Training for the Bar in England, visit the Magistrates' and Crown Courts, and attend moots and dining events at Inner Temple or Middle Temple.
Students also embark on a multi-day study tour in Europe to learn about and observe European and international institutions. The study tour usually includes meetings, tours, lectures, and experiences in Luxembourg, Brussels, Strasbourg, and The Hague. Students enjoy generous time for free travel and vibrant opportunities for exploring London's rich and diverse scenes for culture, sports, art, music, food, and history.
Students have the opportunity to take part in the International Moot Court program, which involves mooting with or against trainee barristers who are members of the three of the four Inns of Court in London.
Students can also work for academic credit in supervised law practice through the Externship program. Students may work for British barristers and solicitors, U.S. law firms in London, governmental offices, entertainment companies, or nongovernmental organizations.
Basic Program Requirements
Visiting students must be in good standing at an ABA-accredited law school. In order to process your file, we require the following:
- A letter from your law school permitting you to take units through Pepperdine University Caruso School of Law's London Program
- A letter of good standing from your law school
- A current resume
- A statement of intent of 350 words or less (approximately 1/2 page, single-spaced) describing why you would like to participate in the Fall London Program and how you will use this experience to enhance your long-term goals and your academic career
- A current official transcript