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Academics

Earning a law degree from California Western sets you apart. It means you’ve developed a deep understanding of legal theory and fundamentals along with critical-thinking skills, and that you know how to apply the law in dynamic environments.

Programs That Prepare

Because of our independent status, we can—and do—adapt our curriculum regularly to stay ahead of changes within the legal industry and prepare our students to thrive in the future. Find out how we do it.

Our innovative Juris Doctor program prepares you for for the future of law. Plan on learning an essential legal writing foundation, skills-based training through externships and clinics, and crucial preparation for passing the bar and finding employment after graduation.

Take advantage of the great professors that are available.
Colin Walshok ‘07
Partner, Wingert Grebing Brubaker & Juskie, LLP

In addition to working closely with our students, faculty members are regularly published and featured in national media as subject matter experts across industries and interests. Cybersecurity. The Supreme Court. Gender and racial equality. The list of topics and subjects we cover is as long and diverse as our professors’ experience.

Meet our faculty
Colin Walshok

In addition to working closely with our students, faculty members are regularly published and featured in national media as subject matter experts across industries and interests. Cybersecurity. The Supreme Court. Gender and racial equality. The list of topics and subjects we cover is as long and diverse as our professors’ experience.

Meet our faculty

Become a Well-Rounded Attorney

Innovative programs complement our curriculum to enhance your experience during your time here. As a result, you’ll enter the professional world with superior training and a broader perspective.

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What will your journey be like?

Your three years at California Western offer a balance of structure —to give you the fundamentals you’ll need as a lawyer—and flexibility—to provide you the opportunity to pursue your passions. See all of the opportunities available to you in these areas:

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What programs are available to you?

Our mission is to make sure you’re ready to succeed in the real world. While part of that is learning everything you’ll study about in the classroom, it also means providing a wealth of resources to make you an ethical, practice-ready attorney. Programs we offer include:


Firm Foundation. Tangible Learning Outcomes.

During your time at California Western, you will focus on developing skills that will push you to the next level as a lawyer and make you practice-ready.

Foundational Knowledge and Skills

You will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of substantive legal rules and doctrine.
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Use legal rules and doctrine to analyze legal issues.
  • Conduct effective legal research.

Lawyering Skills

You will be able to:

  • Gather facts to further client goals.
  • Counsel clients objectively, respectfully, and effectively about the best ways to solve or prevent problems.
  • Draft professional documents.
  • Advocate and negotiate effectively for clients in a legal setting.

Professionalism

You will be able to:

  • Demonstrate honesty, integrity, fairness, respect, empathy, civility, and cultural competence.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the Rules of Professional Conduct.
  • Exercise sound professional judgment.
  • Engage in pro bono work and public service.

Assessment Schedule

A faculty committee consisting of the Vice Dean, the Assistant Dean for Academic Achievement, and 2-3 faculty members will work on each set of two Learning Outcomes, preparing assessment plans and rubrics, assessing the results, and proposing reforms to the faculty. The faculty Academic Affairs committee will also be involved, especially where proposed reforms implicate existing Academic Policies.

  • Year 2017-18: I. A and B
  • Year 2018-19: II. A and B
  • Year 2019-20: III. A and B
  • Year 2020-21: I. C and D
  • Year 2021-22: II. C and D
  • Year 2022-23: III. C and D