Pepperdine Law School

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The Pepperdine University School of Law is a law school in Malibu, California. Pepperdine Law offers Juris Doctor degrees as well as LL.M. degrees in taxation law, international law, business and corporate law. The school placed 66th among the nation's "Top 100" law schools by the 2008 U.S. News and World Report rankings. The dean of the law school is Kenneth Starr.

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Pepperdine Law School Admissions

Pepperdine Law School is considered a Competitive law school, which accepts only 49% of its applicants. Comparatively, Pepperdine is Significantly Higher than the average cost for law school.

Applications Offers Matriculated
Class of 2027 2627 1279 (48.69%) 199 (7.6%)
25% Median 75%
GPA 3.24 3.60 3.71
LSAT 154 159 161

Tuition And Financial Aid

In-State Resident Non-Resident
Full Time $51,180 $51,180
Part Time N/A N/A

Living Expenses

  • Living on-campus: $28,620
  • Living off-campus: $28,620
  • Living at home: $28,620

Important Dates

  • Early Decision 1: N/A
  • Early Decision 2: N/A
  • Regular Decision: 04/01
  • Application Fee: N/A

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Pepperdine Law School Community

Pepperdine Law School is considered to have a Somewhat Favorable student to faculty ratio. The average class size for 1L sections is approximately Above Average compared to other law schools. Student diversity at Pepperdine is Average.

Student body

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Faculty Statistics

  • Full Time: 40
  • Part Time: 59


  • # Female Faculty: 33
  • # Minority Faculty: 13


15.3 Students

1 Faculty

Housing Options

  • On Campus Housing: Yes
  • Graduate Housing: Yes
  • Law Specific Housing: No

Pepperdine Law School Curriculum

The size of 1L sections affects the quality and consistency of teaching in law schools. Generally with smaller 1L section sizes, students receive more individualized attention. Pepperdine Law School 1L section size is 1% smaller than law schools in California and 2% larger than all PRIVATE law schools.

1L Section Size Comparison

Pepperdine Law School: 149
California Average: 150
PRIVATE School Average: 146

Positions Available in Advanced Courses

  • Simulation Courses: 1752
  • Faculty Supervised Clinics: 141

Students Involved in Advanced Activities

  • Field Placements: 229
  • Law Journals: 139
  • Moot Court/Mock Trials: 0

Attrition Rates

  • First Year: 11.0%
  • Second Year: 0.0%
  • Third Year: 0.5%
  • Fourth Year: 0.0%

Pepperdine Law School Employment

Deciding to attend law school requires a large financial investment with the goal of securing employment upon graduation. The Pepperdine Law School class of 2022 had an employment rate of 80% with 2% pursuing an additional degree.

Employment Comparison

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In 2022, 84.9%% of students reported their employment status 9-months after graduation.

Type of Employment

  • Law Firms: 49.0%
  • Business: 18.0%
  • Government: 11.0%
  • Public Interest: 3.0%
  • Academia: 10.0%
  • California: 72%
  • Texas: 4%
  • Ohio: 3%

Bar Passage Rates

  • Reporting: 84.9%
  • First Time Takers: 179
  • Average School: 79.0%
  • Average State: 66.1%
  • Pass Difference: 12.9%

Top Bar Jurisdiction

  • California: 66.1%
  • Passed: 120 of 152 (79.0%)
  • State Average: 66.1%
  • Difference: 12.9%