Mission

California Western School of Law is committed to using the law to solve human and societal problems. Our mission is to train ethical, competent and compassionate lawyers, representative of our diverse society, who can use the law effectively and creatively.

We recognize that, in the 21st century, the rapid rate of change will accelerate and create further problems. We also recognize the pervasive perception, and partial reality, that the legal system and lawyers have helped to create, rather than solve, the problems our evolving society confronts.

While continuing to graduate lawyers well-equipped to practice law, we also seek to graduate creative problem solvers committed to the improvement of our legal system and society. Our graduates will not merely react to problems but will anticipate them and be ready to devise innovative and responsible solutions to serve the needs of their clients and the broader community.

Further, by contributing to legal scholarship, participating in public deliberations about legal matters and serving as a community legal education resource, California Western School of Law will make significant, measurable contributions to the solution of problems in our community, our society, and our world.

Fast Facts

  • San Diego’s oldest law school, established in 1924
  • Independent, with the flexibility to adapt the curriculum to meet the needs of the profession
  • Focused on preparing graduates for success on the bar exam and in practice
  • 7 clinics where students represent actual clients in criminal, immigration, trademark, legal aid, and internet law
  • More than 40 simulation and experiential courses offer hands-on learning
  • Financially stable, with no deferred maintenance and more than $100 million in assets
  • Located at the heart of San Diego’s legal and political community
  • Approximately 650 JD students

Degrees Offered

  • Juris Doctor
  • Juris Doctor/Master of Business Administration (with SDSU)
  • Juris Doctor/Master of Social Work (with SDSU)
  • LLM in Trial Advocacy Specializing in Federal Criminal Law
  • MCL/LLM for Foreign Law Graduates

Accomplishments and Accolades

  • Clinical education program cited by Chronicle of Higher Education and ABA Journal
  • California Innocence Project helped free eight wrongly convicted people from prison since 2000, including Brian Banks, the aspiring NFL star featured on “60 Minutes”
  • President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, 2009-2014 Numerous other awards recognizing commitment to pro bono service

Student and Alumni Achievement

  • More than 130 members of the judiciary in California and elsewhere
  • Leaders in government, education, and business, including the California State Assembly, Clark County (Nev.) District Attorney, and more
  • Successful client advocates in the private and public sector
  • First-time bar passage rates exceeding the statewide average for graduates of ABA-approved law schools on 13 of the past 15 exams
  • Student writing cited by the US Supreme Court, published by national law journals

Faculty Recognition

  • Leaders of national and international legal organizations including the American Law Institute, National Legal Aid and Defender Association, and the American Branch of the International Law Association
  • Internationally recognized experts in areas including international law, gender, and the law, and legal ethics
Programmes taught in:
  • English

This school also offers:

Juris Doctor

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California Western Law School and San Diego State University College of Business Administration cooperate in the granting of dual Juris Doctorate (JD) and Master of Busin ... [+]

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California Western Law School and San Diego State University College of Business Administration cooperate in the granting of dual Juris Doctorate (JD) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) degrees. The JD/MBA program is designed for students interested in working in the fields of law and business. Students can earn both a JD and MBA degree in four years of study, rather than five years.

The dual-degree program prepares you for careers in areas such as business transactions, finance, securities, real estate, labor, intellectual property, investment, banking, and business planning.

After beginning matriculation at California Western School of Law, students apply for admission to the MBA Program at San Diego State.... [-]

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The Juris Doctor (JD) and Master in Social Work (MSW) Dual-Degree Program was initiated in 1996 in partnership with the School of Social Work at San Diego State Universit ... [+]

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The Juris Doctor (JD) and Master in Social Work (MSW) Dual-Degree Program was initiated in 1996 in partnership with the School of Social Work at San Diego State University. It offers students the opportunity to earn the two degrees in four, rather than the usual five years. The program provides opportunities to focus on areas where law and social work regularly intersect such as child welfare, mental health, aging, and domestic violence.

The Program stresses an interdisciplinary approach that values collaboration and communication skills. The culminating experience for the student is the completion of either a thesis or a scholarly paper that would be suitable for publication in a law review journal or some other appropriate scholarly publication.... [-]

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California Western School of Law

Our innovative Juris Doctor (JD) program emphasizes skills-based training and prepares you for a successful and satisfying career in the legal profession. ... [+]

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Our innovative Juris Doctor (JD) program emphasizes skills-based training and prepares you for a successful and satisfying career in the legal profession.

In your first year:

You build the foundation for successful law practice through traditional first-year coursework with an emphasis on legal analysis, research, and writing, and begin meeting with career advisors to identify work opportunities in law school and beyond.

In your second year:

You will participate in the much-acclaimed STEPPS Program, where you will learn the knowledge and skills necessary for the ethical practice of law through a client-attorney simulation course. You can also take a wide variety of courses designed to prepare you for the bar exam and a career in law. Specialized courses and experiential learning opportunities are also available.... [-]

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LLM

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The Master of Laws in US Law (LLM) & Master of Comparative Law (MCL) Program is designed to prepare lawyers from other countries to work knowledgeably with lawyers in ... [+]

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The Master of Laws in US Law (LLM) & Master of Comparative Law (MCL) Program is designed to prepare lawyers from other countries to work knowledgeably with lawyers in the United States on questions of common interest arising under either their own or the US legal system.

The courses offered by our program allow you to tailor the program to fit your academic and professional interests. As a complement to the existing LLM/MCL Program for foreign lawyers, California Western offers a Certificate Program in US Law for lawyers, judges, and legal academics and scholars who are available to visit the US for only one semester. Why California Western? California Western was one of ... [-]
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This is an academic program designed for Spanish speaking lawyers, primarily from the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America, who look for new opportunities to learn the nec ... [+]

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California Western School of Law (CWSL) established in 1924, is a non-profit private law university in the United States located in San Diego, California. Accredited by the American Bar Association since 1962, it is the oldest law school in Southern California.

The Latin American Institute of Law and Justice officially known in Spanish as Instituto Latinoamericano de Derecho y Justicia is an academic institution that offers four programs in The Americas: the accelerated one year Master of Laws in Spanish (LL.M), ACCESO Capacitación (oral litigation workshops), Concurso Nacional de Juicios Orales en México (Mexican Moot Court) and Red Inocente (Innocence Project).... [-]

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