There are many reasons to pursue your legal education at California Western. Here are the big ones.
Live and Learn in a Thriving City
San Diego, with its quality of life and dynamic economy,is an ideal location to launch your legal career.
San Diego is home to established industries, including defense and tourism, while leading in the burgeoning industries of biotechnology, biopharmaceuticals, and medical devices.
Major firms like Qualcomm and the Salk Institute for Biological Sciences are headquartered in San Diego, increasingly recognized as a top location for innovation.
Where our alumni work
Learn the Art and Science of Lawyering
Lawyering: the art and science of assisting clients. At various times in your legal career you will act as counselor, negotiator, drafter, and advocate on behalf of your clients. At the California Western School of Law, you will develop the knowledge and skills necessary to fulfill these roles ethically and competently.
Doing the right thing is such a passion here that, in 1999, we founded the California Innocence Project, which is dedicated to the release of the wrongfully convicted. We have released 35 people from prison in that time with the help of student interns.
The Competitive Advocacy Team has a superlative record and gives students a competitive advantage in the marketplace. Learn more about their 2023 ABA Negotiation National Championship - and many more victories.
Community Law Project, 2022 California Non-Profit of the Year.
Engage with Thought Leaders
Our faculty are dedicated scholars, public intellectuals, and highly skilled teachers.
Scholarship and Events
Faculty in the Media
Op-Ed: William Aceves writes on the Watts Treaty for the Los Angeles Times
Hannah Brenner Johnson
TV Interview: Hannah Brenner Johnson discusses Supreme Court confirmation process with CBS
Radio Interview: Joanna Sax on the Aftermath of Roe
Connect Legal Theory and Practice
California Western builds legal skills with a logical, intentional progression. Students are taught to translate theoretical concepts into daily application, and then given numerous opportunities to hone those skills through externships or clinics.
The STEPPS Program bridges the gap between the first-year legal skills program and third-year clinical and internship programs. Throughout the program, students are prepared for success in the job search and in the workplace, with services such as interviewing, career counseling, negotiation, and ethics.
Immerse Yourself in A Law School that Represents Society
California Western welcomes students from all backgrounds and creates an intellectual environment that challenges future lawyers to think about how best to pursue justice.
US News and World Report, Most Racially and Ethnically Diverse Law Schools