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California Accredited Law Schools
1. University of California, Berkeley, School of Law
The Berkeley School of Law is located in the San Francisco Bay Area. It is one of the world s leading institutions of legal education and research. The academic program includes specialized study in business, law, and economics; environmental law; law and technology; international and comparative legal studies; and social justice and public interest. The law school has research centers and clinical programs that provide real client work. Berkeley law school offers a three-year JD degree program and LLM and JSD postgraduate programs. The school offers the interdisciplinary Jurisprudence and Social Policy (JSP) program also. It is ABA approved and is also a member of AALS.
University of California, Berkeley, School of Law
2. University of California, Davis School of Law (King Hall)
The School of Law at the University of California was founded in 1965. It is accredited by the American Bar Association. It is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. The campus offers a full range of graduate and professional programs.
3. University of California, Hastings College of the Law
University of California Hastings College of the Law is a public, coeducational, full-time law school in San Francisco. Hastings was founded in 1878. The faculties at Hastings are nationally known scholars. Hastings has produced more judges than any other law school in the state.
4. University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Law
The law school has a learning environment that brings together talented, prolific legal scholars and enthusiastic, exceptional students. UCLA Law maintains its strong standing by establishing pioneering academic programs, and bringing up top legal scholars.
5. California Western School of Law
California Western School of Law is the independent San Diego law school. The law school s centers and institutes offer many opportunities to explore the full scope of the law. California Western was accredited by the ABA in 1962. It became a member of AALS in 1967.
6. Chapman University School of Law
The law school was established in 1995. It received full approval by the ABA in 2002. The school received AALS accreditation in January 2006. The law school has focus areas in entertainment law, international law, taxation, environmental, advocacy and dispute resolution; joint JD/MBA degrees and joint JD/MFA degrees in film producing; and LLM degrees in taxation and prosecutorial science. There are clinical opportunities in the areas of family violence, immigration law, elder law, constitutional law, and appellate practice.
7. Golden Gate University School of Law
Golden Gate University School of Law was founded in 1901. The law school is a fully ABA-accredited program. It is a member in good standing with the AALS.
The curriculum at Golden Gate University School of Law lays down the foundation of modern legal theory. It fosters the practical skills necessary to be a successful lawyer.
8. University of La Verne College of Law
The University of La Verne College of Law has small class sizes and optimal student-to-teacher ratios. La Verne Law professors takes a personal interest in success practice with a true open-door policy.
9. Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount University
Loyola Law School was founded in 1920. It is known best for producing many of the nation s most exciting and influential attorneys. Loyola instills a deep commitment to public service and ethical practice. The Law School is a division of Loyola Marymount University (LMU). It includes 1,320 full-time day and part-time evening students, nearly 140 full-time and adjunct faculty
10. University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
The school is a member of the AALS. It is accredited by the ABA. It offers day- and evening-division programs to provide flexibility to earn a JD degree in three, four, or five years of study. More than 1,000 students pursue a JD, LLM, or JSD. The gender and ethnic diversity is represented each year by the growing number of students from a wide range of ethnic and cultural heritages.
11. Pepperdine University School of Law
Pepperdine is a Christian university committed to the highest standards of academic excellence and Christian values. In the law school, students are strengthened for lives of purpose, service, and leadership.
12. University of San Diego—School of Law
The University of San Diego—School of Law is an outstanding center of legal education with a distinguished faculty. The law school was founded in 1954. It is part of the University of San Diego, a private, nonprofit, independent Roman Catholic university.
13. University of San Francisco School of Law
The University of San Francisco School of Law was founded in 1912. Students represent clients in law school clinics, intern year-round in the city s many major national and international law firms, clerk for judges, and work in public interest organizations. The USF School of Law is fully accredited by the American Bar Association. It is a member of the Association of American Law Schools.
14. Santa Clara University School of Law
The University was founded by the Jesuits in 1851 on the site of the Mission Santa Clara de Asis, one of California s original 21 missions. Santa Clara Law was established in 1912. It has fostered an exceptional academic program based on the Jesuit tradition for more than 90 years. It is approved by the ABA. Santa Clara Law is a member of the Order of the Coif and the AALS. The school prepares its students to serve as lawyers who lead in any field. It offers students ample opportunities to apply their skills in internships, clinics, field placements, and community involvement.
15. University of Southern California, Gould School of Law
The University of Southern California,Gould School of Law is a private, national law school. USC is known for its diverse student body and its leadership in clinical education. The school is small, informal, and collegial, with 200 entering students in each class. USC Law School is located on main campus of the University of Southern California. The law school is housed in a five-level, technologically advanced facility that provides for professional training and sophisticated legal research.
16. Southwestern Law School
Southwestern Law School provides an ideal setting for law study. It was founded in 1911 as an independent, nonprofit, nonsectarian institution. Southwestern is fully approved by the ABA and is a member of the AALS. It is the only law school to offer four JD courses of study that differs in scheduling and instructional approach. The law school has strong ties to the legal, business, and civic sectors. The Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute of Southwestern is closely linked to the entertainment industry in Hollywood.
17. Stanford University Law School
Stanford Law School is part of one of the world s leading research institutions. The law school is small, with about 540 JD students, 40 LLM and JSM students, and a faculty of 45-plus permanent members. Law School courses are taught in 16 multimedia classrooms with full wireless Internet connectivity. The school prepares its students for a rich and varied professional life in an era rapid change.
18. Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Thomas Jefferson School of Law (TJSL) is a private, nonprofit, and independent law school. It is accredited by the ABA. The law school emphasizes an individualized approach to learning. It integrates the cognitive sciences and learning theory into its curriculum. TJSL has a flexible curriculum that allows students to commence their studies in either August or January. Students can pursue a law degree in a full- or part-time (day or evening) program. They can accelerate graduation by attending classes in the summer. This gives students the option of pursuing a law degree full or part time while continuing their employment.
19.Western State University—College of Law
Western State University (WSU) College of Law was founded in 1966. It is the oldest law school in Orange County, Southern California. It is a private law school of fewer than 450 students. WSU offers small class sizes and personal interaction with faculty. WSU is also known for giving students practical hands-on lawyering experience as well as remarkable academic foundation.
20. Whittier Law School
In 1966, Whittier Law School was founded as Beverly Law School. In 1975, the Law School became part of Whittier College, which was established by Quakers in 1887. The Whittier Law School stresses concern for intellectual and ethical development, reflecting in admission practices stressing diversity, a small student-to-faculty ratio, small elective classes, and individual student counseling and placement services.