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Giving Tuesday Now and Student Aid During Unprecedented Times

One way in which Pepperdine Caruso Law helps care for students during times of crisis is through the student emergency fund, which was established in 2017 so that all students can receive the instruction, support, and access to opportunities that they need. Pepperdine Caruso Law is very pleased to share that through the generous giving of our community during the university's Giving Tuesday Now donation event, nearly $5,000 was raised to help support this fund. Donors from across the county contributed during the event, and donations continue to come in to support Pepperdine Caruso Law's student aid initiatives. These contributions are a remarkable achievement under the present circumstances and will be added to the over $5,000 in generous donations that were received during the Give2Law event that was held while our law community was still together on campus.

In addition, Pepperdine Caruso Law was the recipient of a $25,000 grant from the AccessLex Institute. This grant will be dedicated to further support the student emergency fund, which has been of critical importance to students since the third week of March when the law school implemented remote instruction.

Pepperdine Caruso Law was also able to distribute support aid to students during the final exam period. The law school gave numerous scholarships to students who needed help with the cost of printing final exam study materials and supplies. In addition, the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution was able to ensure that all students who needed laptop computers in order to take their exams were provided with one, with Professor Sukhsimran Singh even bringing a computer from home for a student who did not have remote access.

Pepperdine University's mission is to ensure that students receive the services they need as adjustments continue to be made during the current crisis. In order to facilitate continuing student aid and support, the University announced in March its commitment to retaining all faculty and staff members through the end of the fiscal year.