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Best Law Schools in California

California Western School of Law (CA)

225 Cedar Street San Diego, CA 92101-3090

  • Special programs offered to J.D. students Special programs include California Innocence Project, Proyecto ACCESO, Street Law and Community Law Project. Areas of concentration are Health, International, Intellectual Property, Family, Employment Law and Creative Problem Solving. Other programs are study abroad, dual-degree programs with UCSD and SDSU, and clinical internships.
  • Tuition Full-time: $36,340 per year, part-time: $25,620 per year

Chapman University (CA)

1 University Drive Orange, CA 92866

  • Special programs offered to J.D. students We have certificate programs: Taxation; Environmental, Land Use and Real Estate; Advocacy and Dispute Resolution; Entertainment Law; and International Law. We have joint J.D.-M.B.A. and joint J.D.-M.F.A. programs, and clinical programs in elder law, taxation law, constitutional litigation, domestic violence, and a Ninth Circuit Appellate Law Clinic. We co-sponsor a summer law program in England.
  • Tuition Full-time: $36,233 per year, part-time: $28,972 per year

Charleston School of Law (CA)

PO Box 535 Charleston, SC 29402

  • Special programs offered to J.D. students The Charleston School of Law offers an extensive externship program providing students with practical experience in more than 110 placement sites. The school is developing a Maritime Law Institute. All students are required to complete a minimum of 30 hours of pro bono work prior to graduation.
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Golden Gate University (CA)

536 Mission Street San Francisco, CA 94105

  • Special programs offered to J.D. students GGU Law students study a practice-oriented curriculum that enables them to understand legal theory and provide meaningful legal assistance both during and after law school. Through simulation exercises, clinics, externships, trial practice teams, specialization programs and our competitive Honors Lawyering Program, GGU students start thinking and working like lawyers from the day they arrive.
  • Tuition Full-time: $34,760 per year, part-time: $24,410 per year

Loyola Marymount University (CA)

919 Albany Street Los Angeles, CA 90015-1211

  • Special programs offered to J.D. students Academic Support Programs. Externships with federal, state & local governments, public interest and entertainment firms, and District Attorney. Clinics: Juvenile Justice, Disability Rights, Conflict Resolution, State Board of Equalization, Nonprofit Tax and Transactions. Study Abroad: Italy, Costa Rica, London, China. Ethical Advocacy Center, Alumni Mentor Program, & Public Interest Program.
  • Tuition Full-time: $38,450 per year, part-time: $25,775 per year

Pepperdine University (CA)

24255 Pacific Coast Highway Malibu, CA 90263

  • Special programs offered to J.D. students We operate a summer/fall London program; a legal aid clinic at the Union Rescue Mission in L.A.; the Nootbar Institute on Law, Religion, and Ethics; a Special Ed. Clinic; an Asylum & Refugee Law Clinic; the Palmer Center for Entrepreneurship and the Law; and the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. We also have exchange programs: Universities of Augsburg and Copenhagen.
  • Tuition Full-time: $37,590 per year

Santa Clara University (CA)

500 El Camino Real Santa Clara, CA 95053-0421

  • Special programs offered to J.D. students The Center for Social Justice and Public Service, the Northern California Innocence Project and the Alexander Community Law Center offer innovative courses and clinics under the supervision of experienced attorneys. The High Tech Law curriculum is one of the richest in the nation. The Center for Global Law and Policy offers 13 summer study abroad programs, most of which include field placement.
  • Tuition Full-time: $1,225 per credit, part-time: $1,225 per credit

Southwestern Law School (CA)

3050 Wilshire Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90010-1106

  • Special programs offered to J.D. students Entertainment & Media Law Institute offering 40+ entertainment/sports law courses, 50 entertainment externships and a law firm practicum. 4 J.D. programs: FT day & PT evening, 2-year SCALE alternative, and part-time day for students w/ child/elder care responsibilities. Summer Programs in Vancouver, Buenos Aires, London, Guanajuato. Clinics for children's rights, immigration law, and Street Law.
  • Tuition Full-time: $35,270 per year, part-time: $21,242 per year

Stanford University (CA)

Crown Quadrangle, 559 Nathan Abbott Way Stanford, CA 94305-8610

  • Special programs offered to J.D. students A leader in interdisciplinary education, SLS offers 25 joint degrees and virtually limitless opportunities to customize. With 10 clinics, SLS enables students to take on the roles and responsibilities of practicing lawyers. Students can engage in research and policy-oriented study through our 19 programs and centers.
  • Tuition Full-time: $42,080 per year

Thomas Jefferson School of Law (CA)

2121 San Diego Avenue San Diego, CA 92110

  • Special programs offered to J.D. students To provide an institutional framework for the study of technological change and globalization, the law school has established three academic centers - The Centers for Law Technology and Communications, Global Legal studies, and Law and Social Justice. Each center combines the scholarship of the faculty with special programs that attract leading legal experts from throughout the world.
  • Tuition Full-time: $33,900 per year, part-time: $21,650 per year

University of California (Hastings) (CA)

200 McAllister Street San Francisco, CA 94102

  • Special programs offered to J.D. students Hastings' strengths include civil, criminal, and transactional clinical programs and cutting-edge research and advocacy centers. We offer formal study abroad programs in Argentina, Australia, China, Denmark, England, Germany, Hungary, Italy, and the Netherlands. We offer joint degrees and concentrations in civil litigation, family law, international law, tax, criminal law, public interest law.
  • Tuition In-state, full-time: $28,864 per year; Out-of-state, full-time: $40,089 per year

University of California--Berkeley (CA)

Boalt Hall Berkeley, CA 94720-7200

  • Special programs offered to J.D. students Boalt offers a wide array of special programs for J.D. students, including guaranteed funding for summer public interest fellowships, an array of employment opportunities at our cutting edge research centers, and our clinical education program. Our financial aid programs, including our Loan Repayment Assistance Program, are quite possibly the best in the nation.
  • Tuition In-state, full-time: $30,944 per year; Out-of-state, full-time: $43,189 per year

University of California--Davis (CA)

400 Mrak Hall Drive Davis, CA 95616-5201

  • Special programs offered to J.D. students Nationally renowned faculty; talented, diverse students; 70 student 1L sections, 30-35 student small sections; immigration, civil rights, prison and family law clinics; externships: employment, tax, criminal, govt., judicial; Litigation and nonlitigation skills courses; Public Service Law program, certificate, externship; Environmental Law certificate, externship.
  • Tuition In-state, full-time: $28,511 per year; Out-of-state, full-time: $40,756 per year

University of California--Los Angeles (CA)

71 Dodd Hall, PO Box 951445 Los Angeles, CA 90095-1445

  • Special programs offered to J.D. students UCLA Law students can participate in supervised educational experiences in the school's renowned clinical program. They can choose academic specializations in business law, critical race studies, entertainment law and public interest law. Students can also participate in a variety of academic centers in areas of real estate, environmental law, Indian law and sexual orientation law.
  • Tuition In-state, full-time: $31,103 per year; Out-of-state, full-time: $41,624 per year

University of La Verne (CA)

320 E. D Street Ontario, CA 91764

  • Special programs offered to J.D. students A Lawyering Skills Practicum simulates private practice and courtroom settings. A Family Law Practicum provides 30 hours of clinical experience, and an on site Immigration Law and Disability Rights clinics . Externships are available in governmental agencies and public service organizations in greater Los Angeles. Study abroad and JD/MBA or JD/MPA degrees are also offered.
  • Tuition Full-time: $34,286 per year, part-time: $25,916 per year

University of San Diego (CA)

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110-2492

  • Special programs offered to J.D. students Our Clinical program is among the most extensive and successful in the nation. Students interview, counsel, and represent clients under faculty supervision. The Center for Public Interest Law, the Children's Advocacy Institute, and the Energy Policy and Initiatives Center offer research and training opportunities. Summer sessions are offered in England, Ireland, France, Spain, Italy & Russia.
  • Tuition Full-time: $39,204 per year, part-time: $27,843 per year

University of San Francisco (CA)

2130 Fulton Street San Francisco, CA 94117-1080

  • Special programs offered to J.D. students Law study at USF is enriched by in-house clinics (7), and off-site clinicals and judicial externships. International internships were offered in Summer 2008 in Spain, India, Cambodia, & Vietnam. The McCarthy Institute promotes Intellectual Property and Cyberlaw development. The 2-week Intensive Advocacy Program builds students' litigation skills.
  • Tuition Full-time: $35,880 per year, part-time: $25,645 per year

University of Southern California (Gould) (CA)

699 Exposition Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90089-0071

  • Special programs offered to J.D. students Clinics in: IP; immigration; employment; nonprofit business; children's issues; post-conviction matters. Research centers in law and: economics; philosophy; politics; humanities; health; communication; and direct democracy. Broad internship/externship program with entertainment law, public interest and other placements. Joint degree programs with USC schools, Caltech, London School of Economics.
  • Tuition Full-time: $44,510 per year

University of the Pacific (McGeorge) (CA)

3200 Fifth Avenue Sacramento, CA 95817

  • Special programs offered to J.D. students Students can concentrate in Advocacy, Criminal Justice, Governmental Law & Policy, Intellectual Property, International Law, or Taxation. Students can also create individualized programs from our extensive elective offerings, including clinical, internships, and study-abroad. Our unique LLM programs in international law attract foreign graduate students, giving our campus an international flavor.
  • Tuition Full-time: $36,617 per year, part-time: $24,369 per year

Western State University (CA)

1111 N. State College Boulevard Fullerton, CA 92831

  • Special programs offered to J.D. students On Site Civil and Family Law Clinic; Business Law Center offers Certificate in Business Law; Criminal Law Practice Center offers Certificate in Criminal Law; Civil and Criminal Internships and Externships.
  • Tuition Full-time: $31,000 per year, part-time: $20,800 per year

Whittier College (CA)

3333 Harbor Boulevard Costa Mesa, CA 92626-1501

  • Special programs offered to J.D. students Center for Children's Rights; Center for Intellectual Property Law; Center for International and Comparative Law; Exchange Programs in France and Spain; five Summer Abroad Programs: Spain, France, Amsterdam, China, and Israel; Institute for Student and Graduate Academic Support; Institute for Legal Writing and Professional Skills; LL.M. Degree in U.S. Legal Studies for Foreign Lawyers.
  • Tuition Full-time: $33,640 per year, part-time: $22,440 per year

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