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Whittier Law School

Whittier Law School is strongly committed to the success of our students. We offer a Bar and Academic Support Program that works with you from Orientation through the bar examination. In our Legal Writing, Skills, clinical and externship programs and our Institute for Trial and Appellate Practice, you will learn the nuts and bolts of lawyering. In our study abroad programs in Spain, France, Israel, Mexico and China we expose our students to the global nature and cross-cultural demands of modern law practice. At Whittier you not only will learn the law, but you will learn how to do what lawyers actually do in practice. We are proud that Whittier Law School students graduate more 'practice ready' than students from many other law schools. You will find that our students can participate in a wide variety of programs that will help them gain expertise in the areas of law that interest them. For instance, we offer Centers in Intellectual Property, Children's Rights and International and Comparative Law. The Institute of Trial and Appellate Practice will help you hone the skills necessary to become a successful trial or appellate lawyer. We also offer concentrations in various areas of the law. We all look forward to these next few years with you and to Whittier's becoming your academic and professional home.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 665
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 148 - 153
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 2.7 - 3.22
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 56.46%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 67.0%
Tuition $40,260

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About Whittier Law School

Whittier Law School is strongly committed to the success of our students. We offer a Bar and Academic Support Program that works with you from Orientation through the bar examination. In our Legal Writing, Skills, clinical and externship programs and our Institute for Trial and Appellate Practice, you will learn the nuts and bolts of lawyering. In our study abroad programs in Spain, France, Israel, Mexico and China we expose our students to the global nature and cross-cultural demands of modern law practice. At Whittier you not only will learn the law, but you will learn how to do what lawyers actually do in practice. We are proud that Whittier Law School students graduate more 'practice ready' than students from many other law schools. You will find that our students can participate in a wide variety of programs that will help them gain expertise in the areas of law that interest them. For instance, we offer Centers in Intellectual Property, Children's Rights and International and Comparative Law. The Institute of Trial and Appellate Practice will help you hone the skills necessary to become a successful trial or appellate lawyer. We also offer concentrations in various areas of the law. We all look forward to these next few years with you and to Whittier's becoming your academic and professional home.

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Classes are small at Whittier Law School. “This is important because it personalizes the classroom experience,” explains a 2L. “The quality of teaching is extremely high” as well. The “amazing” professors at Whittier are “dedicated, smart, funny,” and they are “there to teach you the law, not to hide the ball or play games.” Faculty members are accessible, too, even though many adjuncts practice as real attorneys at least part time. “They are always available and attend many of our student events,” beams a 2L. Students are split in their views concerning the administration. Enthusiasts note that “everyone who counts knows your name and says hello.” They say that the “very responsive” top brass tries to accommodate all types of students. Critics charge that the indifferent manage­ment is “a dysfunctional nightmare.” “They might find it good to start caring about their students,” suggests a disgruntled 3L.Academic bells and whistles here include a “ridiculously comprehensive legal writing program.” There’s a specialized certificate in Children’s Rights, Environmental Law, Intellectual Property, International and Comparative Law, Trial and Appellate Practice and additional concentrations in business law and criminal law. There are five clinics. There are summer study abroad opportunities in China, France, Israel, Mexico, and Spain. Whittier is also “a school that is serious about helping with bar prep.” “The grad­ing system is particularly harsh,” though. The “vicious” curve allows “A” grades for no more than 10 percent of the students in any first-year course. Some 20 percent of all the students in every 1L course will get a “D” or an “F.” Students at the bottom of the heap end up getting kicked out after the first year. Career Development Office offers a Career Law Day, as well as private externship placements, and Whittier also has more than 5,000 alumni.The immediate region is pretty rich with law firms. It also happens to be the tenth largest economy on the planet. The school recently restructured their career services office, hiring four new staff mem­bers to help provide more extensive career counseling and on-campus networking opportunities. Whittier Law School is located in “a very office building-heavy section” in the heart of suburban Orange County, “ten minutes from the Orange County and U.S. district court­houses.” The library and research facilities are reportedly “excellent,” but "The class­rooms have no windows," observes a 2L. “There’s nothing aesthetically pleasing about it at all.”

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 209

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Graduates Last Year: 0

Description: An advanced, professional program of the U.S. legal system, Constitution law, and jurisprudence. Includes instruction in legal history, legal sociology, philosophy of law, Constitutional law, legal procedure, and related topics.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.

Specialty Law Programs

  • Criminal
  • Environmental
  • International
  • Intellectual Property

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 65
Full-Time Faculty 26
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 10
Part-Time Faculty 29
Faculty Gender 50% Male
49% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 21 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 51% Male
49% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 49%
Hispanic/Latino 18%
Ethnicity Unknown 7%
Black or African American 5%
Asian 21%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $40,260 Same as On-Campus
Housing N/A N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $40,260 $40,260

Financial Aid

94% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$58,366 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision:

Average Age Admitted: 27

Application Fee: $60

Incoming Class

Whittier Law School's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 148 - 153
LSAT Part-Time 146 - 153
LSAT Total 148 - 153

Whittier Law School's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 2.73 - 3.22
Part-Time 2.47 - 3.27
Total 2.7 - 3.22

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Personal Essay, Undergraduate GPA

Important: Recommendations

Admission Requirements

Required: Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores, Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA

Optional: Extracurricular Activities, Interview, Academic GPA, Work Experience

Rankings

Rankings

The Princeton Review

#5 Best Environment for Minority Students
#5 Most Competitive Students

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 99%
First Time Pass Rate 56%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 72%

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 67%
Average Starting Salary $55,000
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 43 38%
Firm Sized 11-25 4 4%
Firm Sized 26-50 6 4%
Firm Sized 51-100 2 2%
Business Industry 33 29%
Government 8 7%
Public Interest 4 4%
Federal Clerkship 1 1%
Unknown Employer Type 1 1%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 7 4%
Unemployed, Seeking 40 24%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 2 1%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
NV 1%
DC 2%
CA 90%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Whittier Law School include:

  • Bryan Glazer - Owns the NFL team Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the English football club, Manchester United
  • Christine Jones - Former General Counsel of Go Daddy
  • Hon. Florence-Marie Cooper - United States District Court, Central District of California
  • Paul Irving - U.S. Sergeant of Arms, former head of Secret Service and Homeland Security, Washington DC
  • Paul Kiesel - Kiesel, Boucher & Larson

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