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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Pepperdine Launches Two-Year J.D.

Pepperdine Campus PhotoPepperdine University School of Law has launched a two-year J.D. program:

Pepperdine University School of Law is excited to announce an accelerated, two-year Juris Doctor (JD) degree option that is paired with the opportunity to simultaneously earn a certificate from the number one ranked Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. This distinctive and innovative approach blends rigorous legal education at a leading institution with significant skills and training geared toward practicing law in the 21st century. Additional information regarding this option can be found here.

As you think about where to attend law school, imagine what it would be like to study on a hill nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains, overlooking the beach in Malibu.  Imagine what it would be like to undergo the rigors of law school in a place filled with people who truly care about you and your success.

At Pepperdine, we are dedicated to developing students who will embody academic excellence and a strong sense of service.  This is accomplished in an atmosphere that promotes cooperation over competition and values reconciliation over confrontation.  Our distinguished faculty offers a diverse and varied curriculum, while maintaining supportive and personal contact with students.

We are extremely proud that The Princeton Review has ranked our law school number one in the country for faculty accessibility for the past five years in a row.  Making this recognition particularly meaningful to us is that this ranking is based on direct input from law students.

The Accelerated Option provides graduates with the opportunity to enter the workforce a year before the traditional three-year degree program, gaining an early advantage on the path to professional success. After an initial summer session beginning in May, the Accelerated Option students will enroll in the regular first year JD classes and continue to matriculate in the regular JD program. In total, the accelerated students will take classes in four semesters and two summer sessions. Students in the Accelerated Option will have a more fixed schedule, but they will also have the opportunity to select from a broad range of elective courses, clinics, externships, all student-edited journals (including the Pepperdine Law Review), and inter-school moot court and trial competitions.

The Accelerated Option is a unique offering and is among only a few of its kind in the country. With the rising cost of legal education in mind, the two-year approach enables students to earn income from their careers sooner and may enable students to limit some living expenses. Tuition costs under the Accelerated Option are not necessarily less than under the regular JD, as the overall unit requirements are the same.

In the initial summer, the accelerated students will attend classes offered by Pepperdine University School of Law's highly regarded Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. These classes will meet during the evening and on Saturday. Because accelerated students will have such intensive involvement in the Institute, they will also be able to earn a Certificate in Dispute Resolution.

  • Application deadline: April 1
  • This year the summer session, which is required, will begin on May 20, and will continue through August 3

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Pepperdine has the greatest faculty and you only need to endure them for two years!

Posted by: Jimbino | Feb 7, 2013 5:33:23 AM

Look at that beautiful coast line. Is this what they call "law porn"?

Posted by: Anon | Feb 7, 2013 6:58:50 AM

Three decades ago, I went through law school in two and a half years, thanks to summer-school sessions, while maintaining a return preparation practice during two tax seasons. I found my grades were better when I was working 40 hours a week, because I didn't focus as much on all the nonsense they were trying to teach and the nonsensical ways they were trying to test.

What's missing from the current debate is whether law students have too much time on their hands. Of course, allowing time for recreational opportunities is important for schools near beaches.

Posted by: Bob | Feb 7, 2013 7:22:35 AM