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Editor: Paul L. Caron, Dean
Pepperdine University School of Law

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

The Pepperdine Jobs Bell

Bell 2When I became Dean in June 2017, I set as our number #1 priority maximizing our students' return on investment in their legal education.  Only 65% of the Class of 2016 had obtained full-credit jobs (long-term, bar-passage-required/JD-advantage jobs). We re-thought our approach to career development and increased that rate to 75% for the Class of 2017, and we are projecting an 85% rate for the Class of 2018.  To symbolize our commitment to helping our students launch their legal careers, we purchased a bell to mark each time a 3L secures one of these jobs (like bells that are rung in car dealerships with each sale).

Yesterday, we held a our first bell ringing ceremony for Ashley Gebicke, who will be joining Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C. in Fall 2019.

Bell 1

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Comments

Teacher says, "Everytime you hear a bell a student gets a job." ;)

Great job, Paul.

Posted by: Jack Manhire | Sep 25, 2018 11:06:43 AM

This should be the focus for ALL law schools, particularly those like my own that haven't seen the correct side of 65% since the ABA started keeping accurate tabs in 2011 (some years it barely crested 40%). Well done, Dean Caron.

Posted by: Unemployed Northeastern | Sep 26, 2018 8:26:34 AM

Kudos. Contrary to the creeds, needs, and desires of most doctrinal law profs, the purpose of law school is to produce lawyers.

Posted by: Publius Novus | Sep 27, 2018 8:28:16 AM