In Pepperdine's practicum courses, students work in specialized field placements under supervision of experienced practitioners and with enhanced rigor and focus from expert faculty at either the Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County (NLSLA) or the Ventura County Public Defender's Office.
Participation in practicums are by application. To apply, interested students should submit a resume, writing sample, and letter of application to express and explain their interest in the work to Professor Baker and the Clinical Program Manager.
Letters of application may be addressed to the appropriate individuals listed below.
Veterans Law Practicum
Ms. Ayala Benefraim
Ventura County Public Defender's Office
800 S Victoria Ave
Ventura, CA 93009
Public Interest Practicum
Mr. Skip Koenig
Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County
13327 Van Nuys Blvd
Pacoima, CA 91331
Note: Students interested in the Public Interest Practicum should indicate their preferred practice area in their letter of application. Practice areas include Housing, Bankruptcy, Family Law (focusing on domestic violence practice), Public Benefits, Immigration, Disaster Relief, Self-Help, and Clean-Slate advocacy.
Selected students will commit to working two full work days, each week of the semester, for four units of academic credit. The students and supervising attorneys will negotiate and confirm their individual schedules within these parameters early in the semester.
The School of Law will also designate faculty to serve as faculty advisors who will meet regularly with students to discuss their work. Faculty advisors will not be privy to confidential client matters but will facilitate guided reflection and discussion of the students' work to accelerate their learning and professional formation through the experience.