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Selina Farrell

Associate Dean for Academic Excellence and Career Placement
Caruso School of Law


Professor Farrell graduated cum laude from Oregon State University where she majored in Finance and minored in Economics. Later, she graduated summa cum laude and first in her class from Pepperdine University Caruso School of Law. While at Pepperdine, she served as editor-in-chief of the Pepperdine Law Review and as a teaching assistant for a Legal Research and Writing professor.

After law school, Professor Farrell practiced corporate and partnership tax law for Latham & Watkins in Los Angeles and Orange County. She also worked as a litigation associate for Debevoise & Plimpton in Los Angeles. Later, she returned to Pepperdine where she has served in a variety of roles, including as the Assistant Dean for Career Development for the Caruso School of Law, as an attorney for the University's Center for Estate and Gift Planning, and as the director and Assistant Professor of Legal Research and Writing for the Caruso School of Law's Legal Research and Writing program. She works closely with the Career Development Office on student employment initiatives and employee outreach efforts. She directs the Academic Success Program and teaches Federal Income Taxation and the third-year Bar Exam Workshop course.


  • J.D., Pepperdine University, 1992, summa cum laude
  • B.S., Oregon State University, 1987, cum laude
  • Selina Farrell & Nancy McGinnis, UNDERSTANDING LEGAL CITATION: THE BLUEBOOK MADE EASY (West forthcoming 2011).


  • Legal Research & Writing