Pepperdine. I think the environment is completely different and it is a lot more friendly and laid back at pepperdine. I also think you will be in a much better place to get a job after graduating from Pepperdine. Southwestern has entertainment law connections (which Pepperdine also has) but that is pretty much it. I also think there is a definite advantage to being part of a undergraduate institution. I don't usually look at law schools based on rankings, but I think you would be better off going to a school that is in the top 100. I would say if possible go and visit the two schools because they have a very different atomospheres and I think that after looking at the two you will see all that Pepperdine has to offer. I know several people that went to visit Southwestern and did not like it. I also know it is has a very competitive atmosphere, whereas at Pepperdine, while it is competitive in terms of grades overall the competitive nature of law school is not reflected in our daily interations with one another.