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Pepperdine Caruso Law Recognized as a Most Innovative Law School -- PreLaw Magazine

Pepperdine Caruso Law is included in the feature "25 Most Innovative Law Schools" published by PreLaw magazine. In the Winter 2022 issue, titled "Best Law Schools for Diversity," law schools are noted for interesting legal innovations. Caruso Law is recognized for its implementation of the Early Alert System in support of student wellness. Caruso Law is also recognized in the features "Best Schools for Asians," and "Top Schools: International Law."

From PreLaw magazine's "25 Most Innovative Law Schools"

Pepperdine Caruso School of Law

Last fall, Pepperdine University introduced its Early Alert Service, a confidential weekly check-in through text-messaging to help support student wellness. Aggregate data from students’ self-reporting is provided to the school to help develop resources for students.

Each week students receive a text containing questions about how they are doing. They are asked to respond to each question on a scale of 1 to 10. Depending on a student’s reply, the service offers appropriate resources. If a student is having issues about money, the system directs them to the financial aid office, for example. If a student is regularly entering low responses (4 and below) or responses dramatically drops off, Student Affairs is notified so someone can reach out.

Participation is not mandatory, but the service is promoted in several ways, including during orientation for first year students.

The features may be found at PreLaw Winter 2022 (Pepperdine Caruso Law on p. 36, "25 Most Innovative Law Schools"; p. 31, "Best Schools for Asians"; and p. 41, "Top Schools: International Law").