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    California (Costa Mesa) -- Whittier Law School -- Accreditation: Full ABA -- Year Founded: 1966
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    Whittier Law School has been the law school of Whittier College since 1975. Located on a satellite campus in Costa Mesa, California, Whittier Law School received accreditation from the American Bar Association (ABA) in 1978, and has been a member of the Association of American Law Schools since 1987. Although classified as a "fourth tier" school by U.S. News and World Report rankings, the law school has also been consistently recognized by USNWR as one of the most ethnically diverse law schools in the United States, ranked 29th within the rankings.

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    Whittier Law School is strongly committed to the success of our students. We have expert faculty in our Academic Support Program who will work with you from Orientation through the bar examination. This program helped our students achieve an exceptional July 2008 bar passage rate of 84.3%. From our Legal Writing and Skills faculty and in our clinical and externship programs, you will learn the nuts and bolts of lawyering. 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.

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    Motto: In Service of Justice and Enterprise


    Whittier Law School offers both full and part-time day and evening J.D. programs. The full-time program takes three years to complete, while the part-time program takes four years to complete. Students in both programs must complete 87 units for graduation. The law school also offers an LL.M. program.

    Like students at most American law schools, all first-year students at Whittier Law School must take courses in civil procedure, contracts, criminal law, real property, and torts. All first-year students must also take a year-long legal writing course in conjunction with a course in legal analysis. Second and third-year students must also take courses in criminal procedure, and evidence. Although optional at many American law schools, Whittier Law School once required that all students take courses in California community property, remedies, the Uniform Commercial Code, and wills and trusts. Now, courses in corporations, remedies, wills and trusts, California community property, and the Uniform Commercial Code are optional (but highly recommended) for all students who enroll in Fall 2008 or later. However, all students must take two graded, semester-long courses designed to prepare them for the essay and performance test portions of the California Bar Examination.


    Whittier Law School has centers in Children’s Rights, Intellectual Property Law, and International and Comparative Law. These centers host fellows, offer externships, and sponsor symposia and workshops. The law school also offers concentrations in Criminal Law and Business Law for students who wish to take additional, specialized courses in those areas.

    As with many American law schools, Whittier Law School offers students the opportunity to study abroad. The law school currently offers summer programs in China, France, Israel, Spain, and Mexico.


    On August 9, 2005, the ABA, concerned about Whittier Law School's low bar passage rates, placed the law school's accreditation on probationary status for two years. On August 10, 2007, the American Bar Association extended the probation until February 15, 2009. Under the ABA's rules, the law school remains fully accredited during the probation period, and all students who enter and graduate during this period are deemed to have graduated from an ABA accredited law school.


    3333 Harbor Boulevard
    Costa Mesa, CA 92626

    Phone 714-444-4141 . 800-808-8188


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      I think choosing any law school; there are numbers of points taken into consideration like the student body, surrounding community, faculty, special programs, student organizations, and more. I believe the size, composition, and background of the student body as well as the location, size, and nature of the surrounding community matters a lot in selection. And as far my knowledge Whittier Law School doing well in this regard.
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