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    California (San Francisco) -- San Francisco Law School -- Accreditation: California -- Year Founded: 1909
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    San Francisco Law School is a private, non-profit law school in San Francisco, California. Founded in 1909, after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, the law school became non-profit in 1941 and moved to its present location in 1968. It is the oldest part-time, evening law school on the West Coast.

    San Francisco Law School has been approved by the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California since 1937, but does not have or currently seek accreditation by the American Bar Association.

    In November 2009, the law school announced that it was entering into an agreement to become a graduate school with Alliant International University. The law school would retain its own name and current location. In addition to its accredition by the Committee of Bar Examiners, the merger would allow accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, thus allowing students to apply for federal student aid programs.


    Acceptance to the Law School is determined by the Admissions Committee, which takes into account the LSAT score, undergraduate and graduate GPAs, professional background, and personal history of each applicant. Due to this review of the individual and his or her accomplishments, there is no mechanical formula required for admittance. The Committee seeks students who will contribute positively to the student body, successfully complete the law school program, and go on to become productive members of the Bar.

    San Francisco Law School admits students without regard to age, sex, race, creed, color, physical handicap, sexual preference, national or ethnic origin, or political affiliation, to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded to students at the School. It does not discriminate on any of these bases in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, or other School-administered programs.

    Upon successful completion of the San Francisco Law School program, a graduate is awarded a Juris Doctorate degree (J.D.).

    Law School Admission Test

    Applicants must take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) which is given four times a year at test centers locally, throughout the U.S., and in many foreign countries. Individuals who have previously passed the LSAT may not be required to retake the exam providing that their scores are sufficiently current, acceptable and obtainable from Law Services. Further LSAT information can be obtained at

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    Admission with Visitor Status

    Students currently enrolled in good standing at other accredited law schools may, with the approval of their Dean, be admitted to San Francisco Law School with non-matriculating or auditor status. Students with auditor status are subject to the same tuition, fees and all policies and regulations of San Francisco Law School. For information regarding required documentation, contact the Admissions Office.

    International Applicants

    Applicants who have attended schools outside of the United States, must arrange to have transcripts evaluated by either:

    Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
    P.O. Box 514070
    Milwaukee, WI 53203
    (414) 289-3400


    International Education Research Foundation, Inc.
    P.O. Box 3665
    Culver City, CA 90231-3665
    Telephone: (310) 258-9451

    San Francisco Law School does not offer other services or issue I-20 forms to foreign nationals. The School does require a level of English proficiency, both verbal and written, consistent with that which must be demonstrated to achieve an acceptable score on the required Law School Admission Test (LSAT).

    Acceptance Deposit

    A deposit of $500 is required of all applicants upon notification of admission, and must be paid by the date indicated in the letter of acceptance. This deposit is credited toward tuition and fees.


    San Francisco Law School
    20 Haight Street
    San Francisco, CA 94102-5894

    Tel: (415) 626-5550
    Fax: (415) 626-5584


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      San Francisco Law School thrives on the variety of its population. Since its earliest days, the Law School has been a model of diversity. Our students make the decision to study law, often at great personal sacrifice. They come seeking to fulfill a desire to pursue a career in the law , or as an enhancement to their established business or occupation.

      Since San Francisco Law School is exclusively an evening law school, its program spans four years. Classes are held four nights a week -- Mondays through Thursdays. Moot Court and some other classes are offered in the summer. Some electives are taught on the weekend. San Francisco Law School students are instructed in all subjects tested on the California Bar Examination.

      As with every graduate program, law school is time-intensive and demands the mastering of new skills. Our faculty is comprised of practicing attorneys and judges who bring both expertise and practical experience to their courses. San Francisco Law School utilizes the casebook method to focus the student's attention on issue identification, legal analysis and reasoning. There are no 'right' answers to memorize.

      Students who began their legal education at another law school, have often found that the smaller, tutorial approach, extended over the four year program offered at San Francisco Law School is more accommodating to their needs.

      Our Law School can boast of many eminent graduates and friends who volunteer their time and effort to mentor students who request special assistance.

      Please call and arrange to attend one of our monthly Open Houses or to sit in on a class to get a first-hand idea of what it is like to be a law student at San Francisco Law School.

      Jane L.O'Hara Gamp
      Dean of San Francisco Law School


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