Peter Wendel is a visiting professor at UCLA School of Law and teaches Wills and Trusts. He is a professor of law at Pepperdine University School of Law, where he teaches primarily in the property, and wills and trusts areas of law.
Prior to joining the Pepperdine faculty in 1991, Wendel served for three years as an assistant professor at St. Louis University School of Law. He has been a regular visiting professor at UCLA School of Law, Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, Santa Clara University School of Law, and the University of Augsburg, Germany, School of Law.
Wendel’s publications include: Deconstructing Legal Analysis: A 1L Primer (Wolters Kluwer Law & Business Company) (2009); Wills, Trusts and Estates – Emanuel’s (keyed to 9th edition of Dukeminier/Sitkoff) (Aspen, 2014); “Distressed Cities and Urban Farming: Are We Making a Mountain Out of a Molehill?” -- U. Det. Mercy L. Rev. -- (2014); “Shaping Society and Economy Through Law - Common Law vs. Civil Law: An ‘Enlightening’ Case Study,” published in Gerechtigkeitsfragen in Gesellschaft und Wirtschaft, 75 Augsburger Rechtsstudien 41 (2013) (edited by Prof. Dr. Arnd Koch and Prof. Dr. Matthias Rossi); "California Probate Code Section 6110(c)(2): How Big is the Hole in the Dike?" 41 Southwestern L. Rev. 387 (2012); "The Succession Rights of Adopted Adults: Trying to Fit a Square Peg Into a Round Hole," 43 Creighton L. Rev. 815 (Spring 2010); and "Protecting Newly Discovered Antiquities: Thinking Outside the 'Fee Simple' Box," 76 Fordham L. Rev. 1015 (November 2007).
Wendel attended the University of Chicago, where he graduated in 1979 with a B.S. in Political Science. He earned a master’s degree in Urban Affairs from St. Louis University, and his J.D. in 1983 from the University of Chicago. In 2011, he was awarded an honorary Ph.D. in law by the University of Augsburg.