In Pepperdine's new practicum courses, students work in specialized field placements under supervision of experienced practitioners and with enhanced rigor and focus from expert faculty.
Public Interest Practicum
The Public Interest Practicum is a field placement program through which School of Law students work with Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County (NLSLA) in its practice representing individuals in its various practice areas, including Housing, Bankruptcy, Family Law (focusing on domestic violence practice), Public Benefits, Immigration, Disaster Relief, Self-Help, and Clean-Slate advocacy. Under supervision of NLSLA attorneys, students' work includes client intake and evaluation, interviews, advice and counsel, advocacy and representation, policy and legal research, and legal writing.
Veterans Law Practicum
The Veterans Law Practicum is a field placement program through which School of Law students work with the Ventura County Public Defender's Office in its practice for veterans in the Collaborative Courts within the Ventura County Superior Court, including the Veterans Treatment Court, Homeless Court, Mental Health Court, Stand Down Court, and others. The students work may also include screening for clients in arraignments and potentially assisting at trial.