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Carol A. Chase

Professor Emeritus
Caruso School of Law


Before joining the Pepperdine faculty, Professor Chase was an assistant U.S. attorney for the criminal division in Los Angeles. She has been an associate in the Los Angeles offices of Hughes, Hubbard & Reed, and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the California State Bar, and is admitted to practice in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. District Court for the Central and Eastern Districts of California.

Professor Chase regularly teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, and Trial Practice, and has been honored as a Luckman Distinguished Teaching Fellow, and is the recipient of the Howard A. White Award for Teaching Excellence. She has commented extensively in the media on various legal topics. She has also served as the Law School's Associate Dean for Academics.


  • J.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 1978
  • B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 1975, summa cum laude




  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Trial Advocacy