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Pepperdine University School of Law

Overview

Lawdragon Limelight

Q&A with Deanell Tacha

Dean, Pepperdine University School of Law

"You can look through history and see where the problem-solvers were; they were largely lawyers. They are legion, starting with Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln and going through to Sandra Day O’Connor and beyond. Great lawyers were on the forefront of moving us forward in solving disputes, resolving issues, focusing debate, modeling civil discourse. I can’t believe we aren’t going to need that well into the future. ..."

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Admissions Profile

Admission rate %:
46%
Number students applying:
2,704
Number students accepted:
1,231
First-year attrition rate:
13%

LSAT Scores 2014

75th percentile:
162
Median:
160
25th percentile:
153

GPA 2014

75th percentile:
3.71
Median:
3.59
25th percentile:
3.28

Financial Profile

Tuition and Fees Full-time Part-time
Resident $49,030 N/A
Non-resident $49,030 N/A
Living Expenses Full-time
On Campus $27,970
Off Campus $27,970                 

Education Life Profile

School Population

Total number students enrolled:
605
Number students enrolled full-time:
605
Number students enrolled part-time:
Number of first-year students:
227

Gender Diversity

% Women faculty:
30%
% Women students:
50%

Ethnic / Racial / Global Diversity

% Minority faculty:
14%
% Minority students:
28%
% International students:
0.2%

Academic Profile

Student Opportunities

Number of law journals:
4
Names of law journals:
Pepperdine Law Review, Pepperdine Dispute Resolution Law Journal; Journal of the National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary; Journal of Business, Entrepreneurship and the Law
% of students involved in law journals:
48%
Number of faculty-supervised clinical courses:
7
Names of faculty-supervised clinical courses:
Legal Aid Clinic, Special Education Advocacy Clinic, Asylum and Refugee Clinic, Ninth Circuit Appellate Advocacy Clinic, Mediation Clinic, Employment Mediation Clinic
% of students in faculty-supervised clinical courses:
26%
% of students in field placements:
73%
% of students in simulation courses:
261%

Curriculum Strengths

Trial Skills & Litigation,
Corporate/M&A/Transactions,
Media-Entertainment/Intellectual Property,
Labor & Employment,
Criminal Justice

Graduate Employment Profile

National Employment Rate Percent Number of
Graduates
National Employment Rate 2014 49% 97
National Employment Rate 2013 53% 113
State Employment Rate 2014 State Percent Number of
Graduates
State 1st Largest Employer CA 72% 113
State 2nd Largest Employer TX 4% 6
State 3rd Largest Employer OH 3% 4
State Employment Rate 2013 State Percent Number of
Graduates
State 1st Largest Employer CA 76% 128
State 2nd Largest Employer TX 5.9% 10
State 3rd Largest Employer NV 2.4% 4

Employment by Job Categories

Law Firm Solo
1.8%
Law Firm 2-10
24.9%
Law Firm 11-25
5.9%
Law Firm 26-50
5.9%
Law Firm 51-100
4.7%
Law Firm 101-250
3%
Law Firm 251-500
1.8%
Law Firm 501+
6.5%
Law Firm Unknown Size
0
Business & Industry
13%
Government
5.3%
Public Interest / Service
1.8%
Clerkships Federal
4.1%
Clerkships State / Local
2.4%
Education / Academia
0.6%
Other
0

First-Time Bar Pass Rates

Bar Exam Eligibility:
Most Current
Reported Data
State Average
School %
Average
State %
State 1 CA 81% 71%
State 2
State 3
One Year Prior
Reported Data
State Average
School %
Average
State %
State 1 CA 86% 71%
State 2
State 3
Two Years Prior State Average
School %
Average
State %
State 1 CA 87% 72%
State 2
State 3

Type of School

Accreditation Status:
ABA Accredited
Public / Private:
Private
Part-time:
No
Affiliation:
Church of Christ
Feeder School 1:
University of California - Los Angeles
Feeder School 2:
University of California-Santa Barbara
Feeder School 3:
Pepperdine University

Student Bar Association

Contact Phone:
URL (if any):

Link to Lawdragon Survey

Link to Survey:

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School Information

24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263
Region:
Far West
Main Phone:
Admissions Phone:
310-506-4611
School Website:

Administration

Dean of School:
Deanelle
Reece
Tacha
Undergraduate:
BA
School:
University of Kansas
Law Degree:
JD
School:
University of Michigan
Graduate Degree:
School:
Director of Admissions:
Shannon
Phillips
Undergraduate:
School:
Law Degree:
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Graduate Degree:
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Reputation Profile

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