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Military Students - California Western
Military Students

Benefits for Military Students

Learn more about our flexible scholarship and financial aid benefit packages including:

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We take pride in our long and distinguished history with the U.S. armed forces, and we thank those who serve and have served our nation.

Helping active duty and former service members pursue a legal education has long been a priority for California Western.

After World War 2, Dean Dwight Stanford spent $100,000 of his own money (and that was a lot back then!) to help returning GIs pay their tuition while waiting for veterans benefits to kick in. Our commitment to helping students continues today as we match military students with eligible benefits.

We’ve educated the nation’s top military lawyers. In the early 2000s, the top JAGs for the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps were California Western graduates.

Today, our flexible trimester system and full and part-time enrollment options allow active duty and reserve members of the military and their spouses the chance to pursue a legal education while serving their country.

Contact us today to take your first step toward a career in law.


Admissions Webinar for Military Students

Listen to this pre-recorded webinar presented by Iris Johnson (Admissions Recruiter and California Western Alumna), Kelly Fernando (Associate Director of Financial Aid), and Mike Cosgrove (Retired Navy Master Chief and current California Western student). Topics covered include:
  • Yellow Ribbon & Scholarship Details
  • How to make the decision to apply to law school
  • What law school is like for a Veteran
Registration is required to listen to the webinar. Your information is protected by California Western’s Privacy Policy


Stories from our Military Law Students and Spouses


Heliodoro Moreno, Jr. '11
Many students combine legal education with a life in the service. In the stories and videos below, our students and graduates share their experiences.



Distinguished Alumni


Lt. General Scott C. Black '80, Brigadier General Kevin M. Sandkuhler '81, Vice Admiral Bruce E. MacDonald '87


Some of the nation’s top military attorneys studied at California Western in our J.D. and LL.M. in Trial Advocacy programs. Their exemplary careers and fierce dedication to the rule of law and the cause of justice reflect the values and traditions of our law school.

  • Brig. Gen. Kevin M. Sandkuhler '81 (Ret.)
    Staff Judge Advocate to the Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, 2001-2006
    His 2003 memo expressing concerns about the U.S. interrogation methods used with terrorism suspects at Guantanamo Bay thrust him under the glare of national and international attention.

  • Vice Admiral Bruce E. MacDonald '87 (Ret.)
    Judge Advocate General of the U.S. Navy, 2006-2009
    Convening Authority for Military Commissions, 2010-2013

  • Capt. Kevin R. O'Neil '05
    U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General, Western Judicial Circuit
    LL.M. in Trial Advocacy


Distinguished Members of our Faculty Who Served

Among our community of scholars are distinguished military leaders, attorneys, and battle veterans, including the following: