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    California (Long Beach) -- Pacific Coast University School of Law -- Accreditation: Rule XIX -- Year Founded: 1927
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    Re: Pacific Coast University School of Law (Rule XIX)

    Pacific Coast University (PCU), currently exclusively consisting of the Pacific Coast University School of Law, is a private, non-profit law school located in Long Beach, California, United States. PCU is the oldest night law school in Southern California and has been providing a high quality and affordable legal education to the working men and women in Southern California since 1927.

    The sole program offered is a traditional curriculum in Law, leading to the Juris Doctor degree and qualifying graduates to take, and pass, the General Bar examination of California. As such, the course of studies includes all those subjects covered in California's Bar examination along with additional classes, such as Legal Research, Writing and Lawyering Skills, Trial Techniques ('Moot court'?) and Pleading and Practice which the school believes are essential for a lawyer just beginning practice.

    PCU has remained small: limiting classes to 50 students and draws its law professors from local practicing attorneys and judges. The school's alumni all serve a wide variety of specialties in the Bar and the Bench. Most of the School's newly graduated attorneys enter law practice right in the community, providing service in areas of civil practice, such as family law, property disputes and landlord/tenant matters, as well as entering the field of criminal law both as public defenders and as deputy prosecutors.


    In 2008 PCU was granted provisional accreditation by the State Bar of California. Currently it is listed with the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California as an unaccredited law school. As such, students must take and pass the First-Year Law Students' Examination, also known as the "Baby Bar", at the end of their first year in order to receive credit for their law study and eventually qualify to sit for the California Bar Exam.

    In addition to being registered with the State Bar of California, PCU is authorized by the Bureau for Private and Postsecondary and Vocational Education to issue the Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree.

    Admissions Procedure & Policy

    PCU offers a single program in the law, which requires four years of class work, beginning each year, either in September and culminating in May, or beginning in January and culminating in August. Most entering applicants hold a Bachelor's Degree, however, applicants that have attained at least 60 college units acceptable to the Committee of Bar Examiners of California (COBE), an Associates of Arts degree from a California public two-year college, or have attained junior status in a four-year university generally satisfies the pre-legal education standards established by the COBE. If the applicant's status is in doubt, the school may advise the applicant to consult the COBE before enrolling. All applicants are required to take the LSAT Examination. Applicants must have a score equal to or greater than the 25th percentile to be considered for admission as a Regular Student.



    1650 Ximeno Ave., Suite 310
    Long Beach, Ca 90804

    If you have any questions at all, please contact our office at (562) 961-8200 between the hours of 10:00 AM and 6:00 PM, Monday through Friday, and between the hours of 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM Saturday.


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