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March to $100 Million

Caruso Gift Oct. 23, 2019 Gifts Since Oct. 23, 2019 Goal $ 85 .3 M Total Raised $100 Million Goal
"Our nation has never been in greater need of lawyers forged through our unique blend of excellence and faith. There has never been a better time to support our worthy mission as we close the books on our fifty years as Pepperdine Law School and begin writing our next chapter as Pepperdine Caruso Law School."

– Dean Paul Caron

Inspired by the historic gift of $50 million from Rick Caruso (JD '83) and his wife Tina on October 23, 2019, we have embarked on an ambitious journey to raise an additional $50 million in endowed funds to secure our future as the nation's premiere faith-based law school. Rick Caruso has partnered with us to reach this $100 million goal within the next 10 years. These endowed funds will equip us to attract more talented students who otherwise would not be able to afford a life-changing Pepperdine Caruso legal education; increase the rate at which our graduates pass the bar and embark on rewarding legal careers; and attract and retain exceptional faculty who impact the world through the lives of the students they train and the research they publish.

We are off to a great start in meeting this ambitious goal (despite the pandemic), as we have raised over $10 million in new endowment funds since October 23, 2019. Two major gifts have been matched by the university, bringing their totals to $5 million (Brenden Mann Foundation) and $2 million (Daniel Weinstein). Other major gifts include a $250,000 donation from former Interim Dean and Professor Tom Bost and his wife Sheila; and a $175,000 gift from Dean Paul Caron and his wife Courtney.


"This is not a moment, it's the movement"
– Alexander Hamilton, in My Shot





Endowed Scholarships


$100,000+ Gifts Since Caruso Gift


Jeff Hartman


Brenden Mann Foundation


Margaret Raynor


Jim Lacy


Alice Starr


Daniel Weinstein


Tom & Sheila Bost


Duane & Kelly Roberts


Ahmad Al Saud


Michael & Jeanette Bidart


Paul & Courtney Caron


Allen & Marilyn Camp


Janet Kerr


Scott & Tammy Mager


Michael Palmer


Ken & Alice Starr



March to $100M Priorities

Law students in cap and gown talking inside building

In commemoration of our 50th anniversary, we invite our alumni and friends to partner with us to magnify the impact of the $50M Caruso gift through a combination of current and endowment funding. Each 50 For 50 partner will provide $50,000 in scholarship support.

Four diverse students hugging in yellow field of flowers
Endowed Scholarships

These funds enable Pepperdine Caruso Law to attract and retain talented students committed to our mission. Endowed scholarships may be named and designated for $100,000 given over a period of one to five years.

Caruso School of Law Professor talking and pointing to white board in front of class
Endowed Faculty Positions

Endowed chairs and professorships help us attract and retain top teachers and scholars, ensuring the delivery of high-quality legal education and legal scholarship.

CSOL student smiling raising hand in celebration during global justice program
Endowed Program Funds

Support for Pepperdine Caruso Law’s world-renowned centers, institutes, and clinics will help us expand our work for justice at home and abroad, while giving students opportunities for experiential learning that is critical to their legal education.




Natalie Burkholder

"I am beyond grateful to the generous Pepperdine donors who make my studies possible. They have truly changed the trajectory of my life and those of my young sons who watch me study and work hard to build a better future for them."

third-year law student



For more information about how to become a partner in our March to $100 million to secure the future of Pepperdine Caruso Law, please contact Rebecca Malzahn, Assistant Vice Chancellor and Senior Director of Development.


Kevin Royse

Vice Chancellor of Development