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Victoria L. Schwartz

Professor of Law
Caruso School of Law


Professor Schwartz's research examines the complex interactions between privacy law and the private sector. Her Boston College Law Review article, "Corporate Privacy Failures Start at the Top", was selected for the prestigious Harvard/Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum. Professor Schwartz received the 2015-2016 Dean's Award for Excellence in Scholarship for her Hastings Law Journal article "Overcoming the Public-Private Divide in Privacy Analogies." Her most recent article, "The Celebrity Stock Market" will be published in the UC Davis Law Review in 2019. Her scholarship has received recognition in a wide variety of fields and has been selected for inclusion in the Securities Law Review, an annual anthology of the best securities law articles, as well as awarded the competitive Dukeminier Award, annually recognizing the best legal scholarship published on the topics of sexual orientation and gender identity.

At Pepperdine, Professor Schwartz teaches intellectual property law, copyright law, entertainment law, and a unique experiential learning seminar called "Business Perspectives on Workplace Privacy," which is designed to help students learn to advise a client in rapidly evolving fields. Professor Schwartz was the proud recipient of Pepperdine University's 2017 Howard A. White Award for Teaching Excellence.

Professor Schwartz joined the Pepperdine faculty in 2013 from the University of Chicago Law School where she was a Bigelow Teaching Fellow and Lecturer in Law. Professor Schwartz previously practiced law as part of the Business Trial and Litigation practice of O'Melveny & Myers LLP. Her practice included complex and appellate litigation, contract law, entertainment law, and intellectual property. While at O'Melveny, Professor Schwartz taught at the UCLA Ninth Circuit Appellate Clinic and co-authored an article about areas of uncertainty in trademark law. Professor Schwartz graduated in 2004 from Stanford University where she received a BA in Political Science with departmental honors and distinction, a BA in Slavic Languages and Literatures with distinction, and a BS in Mathematics with distinction. She graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School in 2007. Following graduation, Professor Schwartz clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit for the Honorable Jay S. Bybee.


  • J.D., Harvard University, 2007, cum laude
  • B.A., B.A., B.S., Stanford University, 2004, with departmental honors and distinction



  • Entertainment Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Privacy Law
  • Workplace Privacy