Student Services for Pepperdine Law Online Programs
Student Services & Information
As members of the Pepperdine community, students have access to the University portal, WaveNet. This portal allows students to access University e-mail, visit class homepages in TWEN, perform legal research using Lexis/Nexis, receive official University communications, join student groups, learn about events and deadlines, use library resources, register for classes, check grades and degree audits, make payments to student accounts, and more.
Every Pepperdine University student is provided with a Pepperdine email account upon enrollment. The email address generally ends with "@pepperdine.edu." The University and Caruso School of Law administration depend upon these email accounts to disseminate critical announcements and important news. Because of this, students are expected to check their Pepperdine accounts regularly.
You may finalize your schedule before payment is due. Pepperdine will expect the first payment on or before the day after the add/drop period for the specific session.
The add/drop period for each session is one week. In case of extenuating circumstances after the add/drop period, the Academic Dean may extend the period allowed for withdrawal without the notation of "W" appearing on the transcript.
Students who drop a class after a session is underway will ordinarily receive a tuition refund based on the date the courses were dropped as follows, less the $150 withdrawal fee.
• During 1st (first) week of classes ... 100%
• 2nd (second) week of classes ......... 50%
• After second (second week) ........................ 0%
Regular and punctual class attendance is required. All students are expected to attend all live sessions unless otherwise outlined in the course syllabus. If a student is absent for a live session, the student is required to view the recording of the missed synchronous session. Two absences from a live synchronous session may result in up to a 1/3 grade reduction (i.e. from an A to an A-). In the event three synchronous class sessions are missed, absent a waiver from the Associate Dean of Academics, the student will automatically receive an F in the course and be required to take the course again at his or her own expense.
A missed final exam will result in an F in the course.
Student ID Card
Each student is issued an official identification card during their first residency program. If a card is lost, replacement cards may be obtained at the One Stop office located on the second floor of the Thornton Administration Building. A $15 fee is required for replacement cards. The card is required for participation in student elections, for use of various university services, and for entry into various university facilities and functions, such as the library, and for admission to many class examinations. Students in the Los Angeles area who would like to obtain an ID for access to the library and student services can visit the One Stop office located on the second floor of the Thorton Administration Building. Use of the card by anyone other than the card holder, or failure to present it upon request of any university official, violates university policy and subjects the holder to disciplinary action. Identification cards must be validated each academic term. The card becomes void upon termination or interruption of enrollment and must be returned to the university.
The law school bookstore, operated by Follett, is located on the first floor (Room 124). All law school textbooks are available at the bookstore as well as supplies and miscellaneous items. Hours are from 8:00 am - 6:00 pm, Monday - Thursday and 8:00am-5:00pm on Friday.
Students who are receiving Veterans' benefits should request the Student Information and Services Office to report their academic status to the Veterans' Administration. Additional information can be found here.
Grades can be obtained approximately four weeks after the date of the last exam for the semester. All grades may be obtained through WaveNet.
Students are held responsible for reading, understanding, and complying with the Law School Honor Code. Additional copies may be obtained in the deans' suite or on the web site. The Honor Board Office is located on the first floor of the law school.
Classes do not meet on University holidays. The following holidays are recognized by the University: New Year's Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving (2 days), Christmas period, New Year's Day. If your live session is scheduled on a University-observed holiday, it will be cancelled and rescheduled for a different date/time at the discretion of your section professor.
Pepperdine Caruso School of Law prides itself on top-notch student support service. Every MLS student has a designated Student Support Advisor dedicated to your success in the program from deposit to graduation. Please reach to them directly or via the Student Support Hotline (844-801- 9866) to discuss how they can help you be successful. Should you need additional academic or nonacademic support, your student support advisor can connect you with the appropriate resource.
Parking is available on campus streets in appropriately marked spaces. Due to limited parking on campus, carpooling is encouraged. For students living in the George Page apartments, there is a parking lot behind the residential complex. It is helpful for students living on campus to use the apartment lot, so that commuters may use the other lots. There are three main parking options for commuter law students: First, the primary parking lot for commuter students is across the street from the law school. Second, when the primary lot is full, students should park in the Page Terrace lot located just down the hill from the law school (toward the University's John Tyler entrance). Third, if both lots happen to be full, students should look to park at the bottom of the hill near Benton Way (Formerly Via Pacifica) and utilize the free shuttle service on campus. Motorcycles must park in the designated spaces in the student lots. Students may not park in the Faculty/Staff lot between 6:30 am and 5:00 pm, nor may they park above the private road sign on Baxter Drive at any time. For more information, refer to the Public Safety website.
All vehicles brought on campus must be registered with the university's Public Safety Office. Registration may be completed on-line at www.thepermitstore.com. Failure to affix a decal to a car will result in a fine. The Public Safety Office is located on the first floor of the Center for Communication and Business with access from Seaver Drive. For more information, refer to the Public Safety website.
Di Loreto Dining Facility
The Caruso School of Law dining facility is located on the first floor and is available for meals and snacks during the hours posted by the dining facility operator. Grill service is offered during breakfast and lunch, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. -2:00 p.m. Vending machines are also available.
Law Student Lounge
The Law Student Lounge is located within the dining facility. Designed for the enjoyment of students, furnishings include a big-screen TV, a pool table, a ping pong table, and a refrigerator.
After all grades have been received and made available to students, the student exams may be picked up or arranged for mailing in the Faculty Support Office upon notification.
The law school shares announcements, deadlines, and general information regarding the law school through publication of the daily and weekly Surf Report. All students are responsible for reading the contents of their respective newsletter.
Lost and Found
Items lost or found in the law school should be reported to the library. See University section for additional information.
Each graduating student must file an application for graduation through the Student Information and Services Office. Notices are posted during the academic year advising students when to file the application. Upon receipt of the application, a determination will be made as to the student's degree requirements which remain unsatisfied. The student will be notified accordingly.
All transcripts are prepared and mailed from the Student Information and Services Office. A request for transcripts may be secured from that office or the website. While official transcripts will be delivered or mailed to students upon request, students are cautioned that most institutions will not accept transcripts unless mailed directly from the law school.
Housing and Residence Life
On-campus housing is not available to online students.
Law@Pepperdine students may seek support from Pepperdine University's Student Counseling Center and Hub for Spiritual Life. Additionally, online students have access to Perspectives, an assistance program that connects students to resources in their local area. Areas of support include childcare, legal and financial guidance, and grief counseling. If you're interested in the Perspecties program, ask your Student Support Advisor for more information.