About Parris Institute
The Parris Institute for Professional Excellence is dedicated to the professional development of law students, and provides continual mentoring throughout our students' law school careers. The institute launched in August 2014, and focuses not only on professional development, but also health, personal goals, and ethics.
Through our Awards and Student Life programs, students are incentivized to perform at the highest level, grow as students, and graduate "practice-ready."
Carrol and R. Rex Parris gifted the Pepperdine Caruso School of Law $1 million dollars toward the establishment of the Parris Institute for Professional Formation in 2014. The Institute was endowed in 2019. The intention of the institute is to prepare students for a rapidly changing legal environment and to challenge them to emerge as leaders in the professional world.
Introduction to Professional Formation Course
Introduction to Professional Formation is a groundbreaking program for first year law students that develops professionalism, character, and leadership.
The Parris Awards
At the end of the school year, the Pepperdine Awards Program celebrates the accomplishments of students who best exhibit professionalism. The "Parris Awards" recognize contributions to professional formation in the law school community, and the "Pepperdine Award" is given to the 3L who best embodies the values of our school.