Accreditation

As a nonprofit, regionally accredited law school, we have built an outstanding reputation in the legal community, empowering students to seek out rewarding careers in law and related fields.

The Colleges of Law is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools & Colleges Senior College and University Commission(WSCUC).

Our Juris Doctor (J.D.) program is accredited by the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California as a single institution with two campuses in Santa Barbara and Ventura. The Colleges of Law’s degree-granting authority, in connection with its J.D. students' qualifications to take the California Bar Examination and obtain admission to practice law in California, is based upon its accreditation by the Committee of Bar Examiners.

In keeping with its mission to offer legal education that emphasizes both academic excellence and accessibility, The Colleges of Law has not sought accreditation from the American Bar Association. (See below for important information on admission to law practice.)

Students who attend the Colleges of Law are not required by the State Bar to sit for the First Year Law Students' Examination unless they are J.D. students admitted as "special students.”

State Authorizations

California

The Colleges of Law have authority to operate in the State of California by way of an exemption granted by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education pursuant to California Education Code section 94874(g).

For review of a complaint, an individual may contact:

California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education
2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400
Sacramento, CA 95833

916.431.6924
916. 263.1897 (fax)

http://www.bppe.ca.gov

Admission to Practice Law

Admission to practice law in California

Juris Doctor graduates of the Colleges of Law are academically qualified to sit for the California Bar Examination. Admission to practice law within California is governed by the Office of Admissions of the State Bar. All J.D. students must register with that office; forms are available at the State Bar website

In addition to meeting the academic requirements to sit for the California bar, students must also comply with the Rules of the State Bar. Additional information about State Bar requirements can be found in the Colleges' General Catalog.

Admission to practice law outside California

Juris Doctor applicants who wish to practice law in states other than California should be aware that as a prerequisite to taking the bar examination, most states require graduation from a law school approved or accredited by the American Bar Association or by the state supreme court or examining committee.

Study at, or graduation from, this law school may not qualify a student to take the bar examination or be admitted to practice in jurisdictions other than California. A student who intends to seek admission to practice outside of California should contact the admitting authority in that jurisdiction for information regarding its education and admission requirements.

California Bar Exam

Thanks to our accredited J.D. degree program, our graduates are academically qualified to sit for the California Bar Examination. Over and above that, they have completed a J.D. program specifically designed to develop the skills that the Bar Examination demands: a solid grasp of legal fundamentals, strong predictive and persuasive writing abilities, and excellent time management.

Our innovative Fourth-Year Bar Studies course helps each student create an effective, individualized approach for Bar Exam study. We also offer a customized extended Bar Exam preparation program in conjunction with the premier bar review provider, BARBRI.

California Bar Examination Statistics

M.L.S. Program Disclosure

The Colleges of Law M.L.S. program does not qualify graduates to sit for California’s Bar Examination, nor does it satisfy requirements for admission to practice law in California. Prospective students who wish to practice law should consider the J.D. program. The following statement is provided in compliance with State Bar requirements:

Except as provided in Rule 4.30 of the Admissions Rules (legal education in a foreign state or country), completion of a professional law degree program at this law school other than the Juris Doctor degree does not qualify a student to take the California Bar Exam or satisfy the requirements for admission to practice law in California. It may not qualify a student to take the bar examination or to satisfy requirements for admission to the practice of law in any other jurisdiction. A student intending to seek admission to practice law should contact the admitting authority in the jurisdictions where the student intends to qualify to sit for the bar examination or to be admitted to practice for information regarding their legal education requirements.

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