Pepperdine University School of Law

Pepperdine University School of Law

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Pepperdine University School of Law is a private law school located in Malibu, California. Founded in 1971, the school offers a rigorous legal education with an emphasis on experiential learning and professional development. Pepperdine Law has earned a reputation for excellence in legal education, with graduates regularly earning positions at top law firms, government agencies, and other organizations. The school offers a variety of degree programs including Juris Doctor (JD), Master of Laws (LLM), and Doctor of Juridical Science (JSD). The school also boasts an impressive faculty composed of respected scholars and practitioners from around the world. In addition to its main campus in Malibu, Pepperdine Law has satellite campuses throughout California as well as internationally in London and Shanghai.

This page focuses on national rankings, acceptance rates, program costs, and merit-based scholarships of Pepperdine University School of Law, an accredited law program in the United States.

Parent school: Pepperdine University
Established: 1969
School type: Private
Parent endowment: $850 million
Dean: Paul L. Caron
Enrollment: 500
Faculty: 87
USNWR ranking: 52nd (2023)

Ranking: Pepperdine University

Pepperdine University School of Law is ranked in the top ten percent of law schools in the United States. According to U.S. News & World Report, the school is ranked at #51 out of 194 ABA-accredited law schools. This is an impressive accomplishment, especially considering that it was only established in 1971 and has grown to become one of the most prestigious law schools in the country. The school offers a broad range of legal education programs as well as a number of specialized concentrations that enable students to specialize in their chosen areas of practice. It also offers an outstanding clinical program, allowing students to gain hands-on experience while working on real-life legal cases under the supervision of experienced faculty members. In addition, Pepperdine University School of Law boasts a strong alumni network that includes some highly successful and influential attorneys from around the country and world. All these factors make Pepperdine University School of Law an excellent choice for aspiring lawyers looking for a top-tier legal education program with extensive career opportunities after graduation.

Top Law Schools of 2020
Score 51
Peer assessment score (5.0 highest) 2.4
Assessment score by lawyers/judges (5.0 highest) 3.1
25th-75th percentile GPA scores for all students 3.36-3.77
25th-75th percentile LSAT scores for all students 158-162
Overall acceptance rate 31.7%
Student/faculty ratio 15.2
Graduates employed at graduation 70.7%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 96.6%
School’s bar passage rate for first-time test takers 77.4%
State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar CA
Statewide bar passage rate for first-time test takers 65.7%

Tuition & Scholarships: Pepperdine University

Pepperdine University School of Law offers a variety of scholarship opportunities to help students finance their education. Scholarships are offered based on academic merit, financial need, area of interest, and other criteria. Merit-based scholarships are awarded to incoming first-year students who have demonstrated strong academic performance during their undergraduate studies. Financial need-based scholarships are available for those who demonstrate a need for financial assistance and meet the requirements set forth by the university. Additionally, Pepperdine offers scholarships based on areas of interest such as public service or public policy. These scholarships are designed to recognize students who have demonstrated a commitment to service in their community. Finally, Pepperdine also offers numerous other scholarship opportunities such as the Alumni Scholarship which provides funding for current Pepperdine Law students who have family members that have graduated from the school.

In addition to its scholarship offerings, Pepperdine University School of Law also has competitive tuition rates for its JD program. For full-time JD students enrolled in the 2020-2021 academic year, tuition is $52,735 per year for both in-state and out-of-state residents. Part-time JD students can expect to pay $1,750 per credit hour for both in state and out of state tuition rates. Students enrolled in dual degree programs may be eligible for reduced tuition costs as well as additional scholarship opportunities depending on their program of study. Finally, Pepperdine also offers numerous payment plans and loan options to help make financing law school more manageable.

Financial Aid Office Information
Financial aid application deadline 04/01
Financial aid director Steve Chapparo
Financial aid telephone (310) 506-4633
2019-2020 Expenses
Tuition Full-time: $37,590 per year
Room and board $15,770
Books $950
Miscellaneous expenses $4,890
Is the tuition the same for first-, second-, and third-year students? Yes
Does the university offer housing restricted to law students? No
Does the university offer graduate student housing for which law students are eligible? Yes
Does the university offer a public-interest scholarship program to current J.D. students? Yes
2019 Grants
Percentage of full-time students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 50.3%
Percentage of part-time students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition N/A
Percentage of full-time students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 17.0%
Percentage of part-time students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full N/A
Percentage of full-time students receiving grants of full tuition 0.5%
Percentage of part-time students receiving grants of full tuition N/A
Percentage of full-time students receiving grants of more than full tuition 4.2%
Percentage of part-time students receiving grants of more than full tuition N/A
25th percentile grant amount of aid per full-time recipient $2,500
Median grant amount of aid per full-time recipient (50th percentile) $7,000
75th percentile grant amount of aid per full-time recipient $20,000
25th percentile grant amount of aid per part-time recipient N/A
Median grant amount of aid per part-time recipient (50th percentile) N/A
75th percentile grant amount of aid per part-time recipient N/A
Indebtedness
Average indebtedness of 2019 graduates who incurred law school debt $115,957
Proportion who borrowed 82.9%
Does the school offer a loan repayment assistance program for 2019 J.D. graduates? Yes

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