California Western School of Law

California Western School of Law

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Basic Information

California Western School of Law likes prospective students to know that it happens to be based in San Diego.

On its website, it notes: “It would be difficult to think of a better place to endure the rigors of law study.” Hard to argue with that, given the primo weather. But the downtown campus is also within walking distance to courts, government offices and major law firms. 

The law school is home to the celebrated California Innocence Project, which reviews more than 2,000 innocence claims annually. Founded in 1999, students who participate in the year-long clinic work alongside CIP staff attorneys on cases where there is strong evidence of factual innocence. Together, they have secured the release of dozens of innocent people who otherwise may have spent the rest of their lives wrongfully incarcerated.

Cal Western also strongly focuses on offering practical training opportunities and is ranked among the most diverse law schools in the country.

Admission Profile
Application Deadline: 
4/1, 11/1
Application Fee: 


Financial Aid Deadline: 

4/1, 9/30

75th Percentile1523.39
25th Percentile1472.91
Financial Profile
Tuition Part-time36,91036,910
Living Expenses
Median grant$30312
Percent receiving grants79.00%
Estimated net tuition
Employment & Bar Exam Profile
Post-grad employment 81.90%
NJ Employment66.5
Bar Passage51.83%
Academic Profile
Best Law Schools 2019: Most Diverse: 
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Business, Corporate, Banking
Criminal Law and Procedure
Employment and Labor Law
Family Law/Child & Family
Health Law
Intellectual Property Law
International Law
Technology Law
Trial Advocacy