Pepperdine University

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24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263

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#54 Best Law Schools


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The School of Law at Pepperdine University has an application deadline of April 1. The full-time program application fee at the School of Law at Pepperdine University is $60. Its tuition is full-time: $46,740 per year. The student-faculty ratio is 13.0:1. The School of Law at Pepperdine University has 179 full- and part-time faculty on staff.

The Pepperdine University School of Law operates its program on a scenic campus in Malibu, Calif., and boasts a high ranking for its dispute resolution specialty. Students interested in earning a joint degree have a variety of options, including a J.D./M.B.A. (offered through the Pepperdine University George L. Graziadio School of Business and Management), a J.D./M.Div. (offered through the Pepperdine University Seaver College Religion Division), and a J.D./Master’s of Public Policy (offered through the Pepperdine University School of Public Policy). Pepperdine Law also offers a Master’s of Dispute Resolution (M.D.R.), allowing students to complete a joint J.D./M.D.R. or a joint M.D.R./Master’s of Public Policy.

Outside of class, Pepperdine law students may opt to join legal journals including the Pepperdine Law Review, the Pepperdine Dispute Resolution Law Journal, and the Journal of Business, Entrepreneurship and the Law. They may also find opportunities for involvement within a variety of institutes and programs operated by Pepperdine Law, including the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, the Geoffrey H. Palmer Center for Entrepreneurship and the Law, the Herbert and Elinor Nootbaar Institute on Law, Religion, and Ethics, and the William Matthew Byrne, Jr. Judicial Clerkship Institute.

The school also operates the Global Justice Program, which sends students and faculty around the world to further international human rights, religious freedom, global development, and the rule of law. Pepperdine School of Law is affiliated with the Churches of Christ and “expresses its Christian principles through all aspects of academic life and administrative policy,” according to the school’s website. Students of all faiths are welcomed.

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Year founded 1969
Public/private Private
Law school designation National


Application deadline April 1
Full-time program application fee $60
Part-time program application fee N/A
Admissions phone (310) 506-4631
Admissions email


Full- and part-time faculty 179
Student-faculty ratio 13.0:1
Total faculty 198

Student Body

Enrollment (full-time) 602
Gender distribution (full-time)
Gender distribution (full-time)
J.D. candidates graduating in 2012-2013 213


Tuition and fees

full-time: $46,740 per year

Room and board $17,306


Employed at graduation2 33.3%
Median private sector starting salary $70,000
Median public service starting salary $56,000


Total volumes and volume equivalents 428,245

* Law School Overview details based on 2013 data

2. Represents the percentage of all 2012 graduates who had a full-time job lasting at least a year for which bar passage was required or a J.D. degree was an advantage. These employment rates are part of the data on placement success used to determine a school’s ranking.

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