By any measure, Pepperdine University School of Law is the fastest-rising law school in the country. The law school's growing prominence is affirmed by increased selectivity in admissions, membership in the prestigious Order of the Coif, and the success of alumni across the land. This prominence has also enabled the School of Law to attract outstanding legal scholars, Supreme Court justices, and dedicated benefactors who are committed to the "highest standards of academic excellence and Christian values."
The School of Law seeks to secure its place of leadership among the nation's legal academies. Key to this goal is expansion and enhancement of the law school's global strategy to prepare students to serve as the next generation of peacemakers and justice seekers. This endeavor requires significant increases in endowment funding to deepen and broaden the School of Law's transformative impact on students, the academy, the profession, and, ultimately, the world. The school's academic core must be strengthened with faculty chairs and permanently endowed interdisciplinary programs. As costs for higher education escalate annually, the need for scholarships and loan-forgiveness programs has never been more urgent.
The campaign will advance the work of the School of Law's distinctive outreach programs, including the internationally recognized Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, ranked number one for the seventh consecutive year among dispute resolution programs in the United States; the Geoffrey H. Palmer Center for Entrepreneurship and the Law, which uniquely integrates multifaceted law and business disciplines; and the Herbert and Elinor Nootbaar Institute on Law, Religion, and Ethics, which reflects the School of Law's distinctive mission to explore the intersection of faith and law.
Tomorrow's Law School Atrium
At long last, a much-needed facelift and the addition of an open staircase will enhance
access from the main entrance to the lobby and atrium below and foster a greater sense of
community between law students, faculty, and visitors.
Tomorrow's Henry J. and Gloria Caruso Auditorium
A major renovation and renewal will bring the furnishings, fixtures, and multimedia technology
of the 412-seat facility up to 21st-century academic and conference standards.