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Christen Sproule, J.D.

Assistant Visiting Professor of Legal Research and Writing

E-mail: christen.sproule@pepperdine.edu

Pepperdine School of Law
24255 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90263

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Professor Sproule graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center earning a membership in the Order of the Coif. At Georgetown, she was an editor of the Georgetown Law Journal, a member of the Appellate Litigation Clinic, a Legal Writing Fellow, and a member of the Academic Standards and Admissions Committees. She clerked for the Honorable Richard J. Leon of the US District Court for the District of Columbia.

Professor Sproule served the Department of Justice for nine years as an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Maryland and the Central District of California. As an AUSA, she successfully tried over a dozen cases and presented cases to the Fourth and Ninth Circuits in cases involving fraud, narcotics, human trafficking, and violent crimes. She received numerous awards from law enforcement agencies, including the Director's Award from the Department of Homeland Security. Professor Sproule specialized in asset forfeiture, money laundering, and kleptocracy, in one case seizing over $1.7 billion dollars in assets allegedly stolen from a foreign country's sovereign wealth fund.

Professor Sproule is a member of the Board of Governors of the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles.

Professor Sproule teaches Legal Research and Writing to first-year law school students. She also taught as an Adjunct Professor of Legal Writing and Advocacy at the University of Southern California – Gould School of Law.

Areas of Expertise

  • Legal Research and Writing


  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, magna cum laude
  • B.A., Cornell University