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Pepperdine Law Snags $2M Donation to Endow Parris Institute

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Pepperdine University School of Law.

Pepperdine University School of Law is celebrating a sizable donation that will expand the school's offerings.

Pepperdine unveiled a new $2 million donation from Carrol and Rex Parris, which will endow the five-year-old Parris Institute for Professional Formation. Law dean Paul Caron noted on his TaxProf Blog that the Malibu law school has raised $20 million in endowment gifts over the last two years.

Rex Parris is a Southern California trial lawyer, and the couple’s three children graduated from Pepperdine Law. They gave the law school $1 million in 2014 to establish the professional formation institute, which aims to aid first-year law students in their professional development. The program helps students plan out their law school experience, exposes them to different aspects of the legal profession, brings in mentors and offers character training. The latest gift will ensure that the program continues while also expanding it to second-and-third year students.

“It is an honor to have the opportunity to shape the character of the young men and women who come to Pepperdine Law for a premiere legal education,” said Carrol Parris in an announcement of the gift. “Beyond expanding the skill sets of these students, the Parris Institute perhaps most importantly connects future lawyers with current legal professionals who give them practical advice on how to use those skills.”