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Western State College of Law

Law schools across the country offer quite similar programs of instruction. Typically, all of the first year and much of the second year program consist of required courses such as Criminal Law, Contracts, Torts, Property Law and Civil Procedure. What differentiates Western State is the methods its faculty use in teaching. These methods include much small group instruction, individualized support, and the application of new techniques now made possible through technology. The school offers a legal education aimed at both teaching law and practice skills as well as helping the student become a better professional. Traditional classroom studies are combined with computerized technology and Internet-based educational forums to help students learn more efficiently and effectively.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 470
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 149 - 155
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 2.85 - 3.36
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 78.88%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 63.0%
Tuition $39,600

Overview

Overview

About Western State College of Law

Law schools across the country offer quite similar programs of instruction. Typically, all of the first year and much of the second year program consist of required courses such as Criminal Law, Contracts, Torts, Property Law and Civil Procedure. What differentiates Western State is the methods its faculty use in teaching. These methods include much small group instruction, individualized support, and the application of new techniques now made possible through technology. The school offers a legal education aimed at both teaching law and practice skills as well as helping the student become a better professional. Traditional classroom studies are combined with computerized technology and Internet-based educational forums to help students learn more efficiently and effectively.

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 125

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.

Specialty Law Programs

  • Criminal

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 38
Full-Time Faculty 17
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 5
Part-Time Faculty 16
Faculty Gender 52% Male
44% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 25 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 52% Male
48% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 57%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%
Multi-racial 1%
International 1%
Hispanic/Latino 18%
Ethnicity Unknown 3%
Black or African American 5%
Asian 15%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $39,600 Same as On-Campus
Housing N/A N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $39,600 $39,600

Financial Aid

93% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$41,247 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision:

Average Age Admitted: 27

Incoming Class

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 148 - 155
LSAT Part-Time 150 - 155
LSAT Total 149 - 155

Western State College of Law's entering class of enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 2.79 - 3.36
Part-Time 2.94 - 3.34
Total 2.85 - 3.36

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Admission Requirements

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

Optional: Work Experience, Extracurricular Activities, Interview, State Residency

Rankings

Rankings

U.S. News & World Report

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 100%
First Time Pass Rate 79%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 73%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 10
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 63%
Average Starting Salary $55,000
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 27 56%
Firm Sized 11-25 7 15%
Firm Sized 26-50 0 15%
Business Industry 10 21%
Government 2 4%
Public Interest 1 2%
Unknown Employer Type 1 2%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 4 5%
Unemployed, Seeking 23 28%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
UT 2%
VA 2%
CA 96%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Western State College of Law include:

  • John Montevideo - President, Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Craig Robison - Supervising Judge, Orange County Sup. Court
  • Kevin Calcagnie - Partner, Robinson, Calagnie, Robinson, Shapiro & Davis
  • George Gascon - District Attorney of San Francisco County
  • Lucetta Dunn - CEO, Orange County Business Council

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