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Pepperdine University Odell McConnell Law Center

Pepperdine University
Odell McConnell Law Center
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263
www.law.pepperdine.edu

Law School Pro Bono Programs

Contact Information

Selina Farrell
Assistant Dean of Career Development
E-mail
P: (310) 506-4665

Laurie Buchan
Director of Clinical Education and Assistant Professor of Law
E-mail
P: (310) 506-7449

Category Type

Formal Voluntary Pro Bono Program Characterized by Administrative Support for Student Group Projects

Description of Programs

Students are encouraged to volunteer with existing clinical and externship placements. The Union Rescue Mission Clinic uses a lot of student and faculty volunteers. The Clinical Education Programs Office facilitates a Public Counsel's Adoption Day. Students under the supervision of attorneys provide free legal representation to people adopting children who have been neglected and/or abused and are currently in the foster care system.

Location of Programs

With Clinical and Externship Programs and Office of Career Services

Staffing/Management/Oversight

The clinical and career services staff are salaried employees of the law school.

Funding

Administrative assistance, such as typing and mailing, is provided for faculty pro bono projects.

Student Run Pro Bono Groups/Specialized Law Education Projects

Advocates for Public Interest Law – Silent and live auction put on by APRIL to raise scholarship money to encourage public interest work in the summer.

Faculty and Administrative Pro Bono

None listed

Awards/Recognition

Students are awarded a Dean's Award when they participate in volunteer pro bono or community service.

Community Service

None listed

Law School Public Interest Programs

Contact Information

Selina Farrell
Assistant Dean of Career Development
E-mail
P: (310) 506-4665

Certificate/Curriculum Programs

None listed

Public Interest Centers

Institute on Law, Religion, and Ethics - http://law.pepperdine.edu/ilre/

Public Interest Clinics

Dispute Resolution Clinic

Family Law Clinic – http://law.pepperdine.edu/clinical/family_law_clinic.html

Pepperdine Legal Aid Clinic at the Los Angeles Union Rescue Mission – http://law.pepperdine.edu/clinical/family_law_clinic.html

Special Education Clinic – http://law.pepperdine.edu/clinical/special_education_advocacy_clinic/

Externships/Internships

Public Counsel, http://www.publiccounsel.org

Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, http://www.lafla.org

Children's Law Center of Los Angeles, http://www.clcla.org

International Justice Mission, http://www.ijm.org

The Alliance for Children's Rights, https://kids-alliance.org/

Special Education Advocacy Clinic, http://law.pepperdine.edu/clinical/special_education_advocacy_clinic/

Bet Tzedek Legal Services, http://www.bettzedek.org

El Rescate, http://www.elrescate.org

Adoption Law Group

Harriet Buhai Center for Family Law, http://www.hbcfl.org/

Classes with a Public Service Component

None listed

Public Interest Journals

None listed

PI Career Support Center

Students receive extensive counseling with respect to potential Public Interest opportunities and are provided information on summer funding sources and on possible fellowships and Equal Justice Works grants. More students participated in UCLA's Public Interest Career Day than ever before, with an increasing number of students receiving job offers in public service, community and human rights related work. The Career Development Office also encourages students to attend out of area Job Fairs focused on Public Interest opportunities.

Pepperdine participates in the yearly UCLA Public Interest Career Day held in February. More than 100 students registered for the event this year.

The school also participates in Loyola's Government Career Day held in February.

Loan Repayment Assistance Programs (LRAP)

For a description see: http://law.pepperdine.edu/admissions/financial_aid/18loan_forgiveness_programs.html

Post-Graduate Fellowships/Awards

Law School Funded:

None listed

Graduate Student Funded:

None listed

Other Funding Sources:

None listed

Term Time Fellowships/Scholarships

Law School Funded:

None listed

Graduate Student Funded:

None listed

Other Funding Sources:

None listed

Summer Fellowships

Law School Funded:

Micheal Bidart Summer Stipend made available through endowed funding. Students selected and money disbursed through the Clinical Education Programs Office.

Tuition waivers totaling approximately $23,000 are granted to students working at public interest agencies during the summer.

Graduate Student Funded:

None listed

Other Funding Sources:

The Advocates for Public Interest Law raise funds through an student run auction. Administration matches the funds raised. Money given to students for summer pro bono work.

Extracurricular and Co-Curricular Programs

Public Counsel's Adoption Project

Student Public Interest Groups

Advocates for Public Interest Law – (A) Provides Pepperdine students with opportunities for community service; (B) Makes students aware of career opportunities in public interest law; (C) Works to provide funding for students who wish to pursue careers in public interest law;(D) Encourages students to make pro bono work a part of their careers; and (E) Educates students with regard to the different areas of public interest law and its importance in the legal field

August 6, 2018