What Are the Colleges of LawAll About?
What we’re all about is you – the talented, inquisitive, highly motivated individual who isinspired to meet the challenge o a proessional career in law.
The Santa Barbara & VenturaColleges o Law is a nonproteducational institution with campusesin two o Southern Caliornia’s mostdesirable coastal communities. Eachcampus is part o a close-knit legalcommunity in which an atmosphere oproessionalism and civility prevails.Our Ventura campus was ounded in1969 by a group o local attorneysand judges who sought to provide anopportunity or local residents toobtain law degrees without leavingtheir homes and jobs. Six years later,a legal educator and attorney oundedthe Santa Barbara campus. In 1978the two schools merged and todaywe’re known as one o Caliornia’spremier regional law schools.Our reputation has grown as ourgraduates have proven themselvesto be well-trained legal proessionalsable to serve the needs o individualclients, businesses, nonprotorganizations and governmentalentities throughout the state.
As the 21st century unolds, ourrapidly changing society needs client-centered, practice-ready attorneys.So, our stimulating curriculumintegrates theory with practice,blending traditional courses withpractical skills training in research,writing, negotiation and oral advocacy.Each student also gains real-worldlegal experience by completing a65-hour pro bono internship under thesupervision o a judge or attorney. Thisrequirement highlights an attorney’sethical obligation to provide pro bonoservice while preparing students tomeet the challenges o day-to-day lawpractice.Students may, i they wish, earna Certicate o Concentration byocusing their elective energies inone o our diverse elds: criminal,business, estate planning and amilylaw.To earn the Juris Doctor degreestudents must successully complete84 semester units. Although ourprogram is considered part-timebecause attendance is generallyrequired only three nights a week,students are able to complete a legaleducation in 3-½ to 4 years.
Both the Ventura and the SantaBarbara campuses have beenaccredited by the Committee oBar Examiners o The State Bar oCaliornia or over 25 years. TheColleges are ounding memberso the Association o CaliorniaAccredited Law Schools (CALS), anorganization representing the lawschools accredited by The State Bar oCaliornia. In keeping with our missionto oer high-quality yet aordablelegal education, the Colleges havenot sought nor do we intend to seekaccreditation by the American BarAssociation.
Philosophy of Admissions
The Colleges o Law are committedto providing the opportunityor a solid legal education toqualied applicants. In additionto graduates o our-year andcommunity colleges, and applicantswith at least 60 semester unitso academic college credits,exceptionally well-qualiedindividuals without such collegecredentials may be accepted intoour program as “special students.”Transer students rom otherlaw schools are also eligible oradmission, providing they meetcertain requirements. The Collegesdo not discriminate on the basis orace, sex, age, religion, nationalor ethnic origin, sexual orientation,disability, marital status, or priormilitary service in admissions,employment or student services/ activities.
Admission to PracticeLaw Outside Caliornia
Graduates o the Colleges desiringto practice law in states other thanCaliornia should be aware thatmost states require graduationrom a law school approved oraccredited by the American BarAssociation or approved oraccredited by the state supremecourt or examining committee asa prerequisite to taking the BarExamination in that state.Study at, or graduation rom,this law school may not qualiya student to take the BarExamination or be admitted topractice law in jurisdictions otherthan Caliornia. A student whointends to seek admission topractice law outside o Caliorniashould contact the admittingauthority in that jurisdictionor inormation regardingits education and admissionrequirements.
Admission toPractice Law inCalifornia
Widely considered amongthe best regional lawprograms in Caliornia,the Santa Barbara &Ventura Colleges o Lawhave been accredited bythe Committee o BarExaminers o The StateBar o Caliornia since the1970s. Graduates areacademically qualied totake the Bar Examinationin Caliornia. Admission tothe practice o law withinthe state o Caliornia isgoverned by the Oce oAdmissions o The StateBar. Details are availableat www.calbar.ca.gov.