Courses and Events

Schedule of Classes





Con Law


EU Law


EU Law


Int'l Commercial Arbitration



Human Rights





Con Law 11.30am-1.00pm



Intellectual Property

Survey 2.30pm-5.30.00pm


Int'l Investment Disputes 6.30pm-8.30pm


Course Offerings

  • Evidence with Professor Chris Goodman (3 units)
  • Constitutional Law Individual Rights with Professor Chris Goodman (3 units)
  • European Union Law with Professor Turk (3 units)
  • Human Rights with Professor Barklem (2 units)
  • International Commercial Arbitration with Professors Gregoire (2 units)
  • International Investment Disputes with Professors Bastin, Saadeh & Taylor (2 units)
  • International Clinical with Professor Goodman (1-4 units)
  • International Moot Court with Professor Caplin (1 unit)
  • Intellectual Property Survey - Professor Marc Goodman (3 units)


Tentative Calendar of Events

Date Event

Aug 12

London Office Opens

Aug 15

Coach (Bus) Tour of London 2pm

Aug 19

Orientation – 12.00

Opening Dinner - 6pm

Aug 20

Tour of the Houses of Parliament 


Aug 20

Fall Semester Classes start per the schedule 


Introduction to British Political System and English Legal System

Aug 21

Legal London Walking Tour Group 1- 10.00am 

Aug 27

Legal London Walking Tour Group 2 - 10.00am


Introduction to Moot Court


Visit to Westminster Magistrate's Court - 10.00am


Visit to Old Bailey (Central Criminal Court) or Southwark Crown Court

Sept 15-20

European and International Institutions Study Tour (subject to change, modification, cancellation and/or substitution with alternative activities). We Visit Luxembourg, Brussels and The Hague. 

Sept 30

Internal Moot Court: Required date for all Moot students

Week of 14-18 Oct

Study/Travel Break - No classes

Oct 28

Moot against Inner Temple

Nov 14

Second Round Moot Competition with students from Middle Temple 


Moot against Middle Temple

Nov 28

Thanksgiving (Most classes as usual but festivities begin in the early evening)

Nov 29

Last Day of Classes

Dec 2-12

Final Exams

Dec 13

Program ends

Experiential Opportunities

Study Tours

During the first week of the semester students will receive overview lectures on both the British political system and the English legal system.  Students may also enjoy the chance to take tours of Legal London, Parliament, and the Magistrate's or Crown Courts.

In addition to tours within London, as circumstances permit, students may have the chance to visit various European Union, Council of Europe and International Institutions on a European and International Institutions Study Trip.  Past tours have included visits and lectures, briefings or hearings at the European Parliament in either Brussels or Strasbourg, the European court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg, and the International Criminal Court, the International Court of Justice, and International Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague.

Moot Court Competitions

The International Moot Program offers students an excellent opportunity to improve their advocacy skills. Students in recent years have mooted with or against English law students in the unique legal settings of the Royal Courts of Justice and the Inns of Court. This program is for all students: those who want to become litigators and seek to improve their advocacy skills and those who are uncomfortable with public speaking and feel they have no talent for advocacy at all! Students attend a lecture, given by an English Barrister, on How to Moot English-style, participate in an internal Moot-Off, and prepare for and participate in a moot with or against English law students. One unit of credit is awarded for participation in moot court program and the class is limited to 24 students.

Past moots have been against Middle Temple, Gray's Inn, Lincoln's Inn, Inner Temple, City University, King's College, The College of Law and St. John's College, Oxford. Past judges have included the late Lord Slynn of Hadley, former Advocate-General of the European Court of Justice and Law Lord; Dame Brenda Hale, UK Supreme Court; and Sir Rupert Jackson, Q.C., High Court, Queen's Bench Division.


Pepperdine's London Program offers an International Externship Program. Students who have participated in the international externship have found the experience to be an invaluable part of their law school career. In addition to enhancing their resume, students have profited from gaining first-hand experience in law firms and benefited from the mentoring that the externship sponsors provide.

Externships are unpaid work placements with a barrister, solicitor, U.S. law firm or international organization. Work must be supervised by a lawyer.

More information on the Externship requirements can be found in the Externship Handbook.  Please note, the handbook currently available below is the 2018 version and is for general reference.  This will shortly be updated to reflect 2019 dates and requirements.



Externship FAQ:

How do I receive the appropriate credits?

In order to receive the appropriate credits you will need to:

  • Complete 52.5 hours of unpaid work for one unit, or 105 hours of unpaid work for two units and so forth.
  • Submit 3 guided, reflective journals.
  • Attend bi-weekly workshops which will assist you in your externship by developing professional skills, increasing your knowledge of the United Kingdom legal and political systems in order to help you better engage in the workplace, and improving your networking and career development strategy. Students will need to register for this zero-unit, non-graded workshop as a component of the externship.
  • Receive a positive evaluation from your externship sponsor.
  • Return all required evaluation forms to the office.

Why should I do an externship in London?

  • Externships give students an opportunity to gain valuable legal experience.
  • It will help you decide the sort of legal career you wish to pursue – or perhaps do not wish to pursue – once you graduate.
  • An ever-increasing number of American law firms are opening offices around the world and having international experience will enhance your resume – particularly if you decide you are interested in an international legal career.
  • You will be able to visit important institutions that have played a significant historical role in the development of the law in the United States. Past visits include the British Parliament, the Royal Courts of Justice, a Magistrates' Court, the new UK Supreme Court, and the Old Bailey.

How are students matched with externship sponsors?

We try to match a student's interests to an externship position – for example, whether you prefer a small firm or a large organisation, or you wish to gain more experience in a particular area of law such as immigration or entertainment law. Working with a barrister would be of particular interest for those students interested in advocacy and observing court work. Please give us as much information as possible about your skills (including language skills and any other relevant experience) so we can search for a suitable externship placement for you. Obviously, to some extent, the opportunities vary and may also be limited by the law firms that offer externships from year to year.

Am I guaranteed an externship placement?

The answer is, unfortunately, no. This is because it is up to the externship sponsor who they hire. However, we begin the interviewing process during the Spring semester with the goal of having you placed before you arrive in London. This is why it is essential that you submit your cover letter and resume as soon as possible. On occasion, even though we have had an externship placement arranged for a student, the sponsor has had to cancel at the last minute. In that case we do everything reasonably possible to find a replacement position.

How do I apply?

Interested students should apply as instructed below as soon as possible but by Monday, April 22, 2019 at the latest.  Please note that you are required to pay an externship deposit of $500 on or before this date. The deposit becomes non-refundable on May 13, so if you change your mind about taking an externship, you can have your deposit refunded on or before that date.  After May 13 the deposit will be credited to your fall semester tuition if you enroll in an externship placement or if you have completed all of the necessary application requirements but have not been offered an externship. If you fail to complete the application process after a CAS number has been issued to you, or if you fail to accept a placement that is offered, the $500 deposit will be forfeited. Please note that we are unable to guarantee placement in an externship and you must be prepared to accept any placement that is offered or the deposit will be forfeited. Students must submit the following materials:

  • An up-to-date resume. We recommend that you go over your resume with the Career Development Office before you send it to us.
  • A formal cover letter addressed to the London Program's Assistant Director, Karen Haygreen, incorporating the following:
    • Are you interested in a one unit externship, a two unit externship, or more?
    • Are you flexible as to the number of units you take?
    • What areas of law are you interested in?
    • What areas of law are you not interested in?
    • Do you have any previous experience or have you taken any courses in your area of interest? If you are unsure about the area of law, you are welcome to indicate that you are just looking for legal experience.
    • Do you have any language skills of which we should be aware? Are you hoping to make use of your language skills if possible?
    • Where (geographically) do you hope to work after graduating?
    • What do you hope to do work-wise after you graduate?

Feel free to add any other information that you believe will be helpful in identifying a good externship match for your skills and interests.

Please send all of your materials to Karen Haygreen.

Do I have to comply with UK immigration rules?

Students who wish to obtain a clinical placement are required to comply with UK immigration rules. Pursuant to the UK immigration rules currently in force, this will entail additional costs to obtain a short-term Tier 4 student visa. More information about visas can be found under Immigration Requirements.

What do I need to do before I leave the U.S. to prepare for the externship?

Send a clear and readable scan of the photo and data page of your passport by email to Karen Haygreen, Assistant Director. Karen Haygreen will generate a "CAS" number which will be sent to you. Apply online for the visa and include your CAS number in the application. Attend a biometric data appointment as directed when you make the application. Mail all relevant visa application supporting documents including your passport, two passport photos, receipt from your biometric appointment, an official transcript, letter of acceptance and Financial Aid letter (if applicable), or bank statements to the UK Visa processing office address you are given when you make your visa application. Ensure that you have registered for the International Clinical Law course (Law 360) in Wavenet during fall registration. If you have not registered your placement will be given to someone else. Pack business dress – you will need to wear professional clothes for interviews with potential sponsors, for work, and for our court visits.