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Access to our campus and services is currently modified due to the coronavirus public health crisis. For the latest updates on evolving COVID-19 policies and resources for our campus community, click here.

Welcome (virtually) to California Western! During a regular application cycle, we welcome campus visits and attendance at one of our on-campus preview programs. In light of the coronavirus and health recommendations, we have temporarily suspended our campus visits and preview programs. We have, however, cultivated an excellent collection of videos and other resources that we hope will help inform you about California Western. Learn more about our campus, student groups, faculty, alumni, experiential learning, financial aid, and moot court programs. If you have additional questions or want to continue the conversation, please reach out to us at admissions@cwsl.edu, (619) 525-1401, or schedule a phone appointment with your counselor (Audrey, Baran or Iris).

In good health,

Baran Bulkat, Esq.
Interim Director of Admissions

Admitted Student Event Calendar

Click here for a calendar of upcoming Admitted Student events.


Tour our Campus

Take a tour of our beautiful, sunny campus in San Diego.


Student Organizations

California Western is home to more than thirty different student organizations. Our diversity coalition of student groups is a collection of affinity organizations and our practice-based organizations include many practice areas from animal defense to business, intellectual property, and criminal law. If you'd like to be connected with any group as you make your law school decision, contact your admissions counselor for assistance.

Are you interested in connecting with current students? Schedule a Student Ambassador call!


Our Faculty

They're accomplished members of the legal community and brilliant academic minds, but our professors are so much more than that. They are artists, business people, successful athletes, and people who have made their mark on our country's history.

Barbara Cox
Scott Ehrlich
Leslie Culver
Justin Brooks

Click here to listen to Professor Jamie Cooper discuss the online law school experience.


Experiential Learning: Learn by Doing

One of the most effective, meaningful ways to learn the practice of law is by doing exactly that: practice. California Western guarantees a clinical experience--an internship setting with real clients and cases, under the guidance of a faculty guide and practicing attorneys--to every single student. Check out a few of our clinics below.

Community Law Project (CLP)

The CLP clinic provides free legal information in a variety of practice areas to low income and indigent communities in each of its five clinics inSan Diego.

California Innocence Project (CIP)

The CIP clinic works to exonerate the wrongfully convicted. Students work alongside CIP staff attorneys on cases where there is strong evidence of factual innocence. They assist in case investigation and litigation by locating and re-interviewing witnesses, visiting crime scenes, examining new evidence, filing motions, securing experts, and providing support to attorneys during evidentiary hearings and trials. Click here to learn more.

New Media Rights (NMR)

The NMR clinic provides legal services and education to and advocates on bahalf of internet users and content creators.


From our Students and Alumni

Hear from our students and alumni about their experiences at California Western.

Clayton Carr and Nereida Melgarejo: Trial Teams
Alex Verdian: Judicial Clerkships
Rosemarie K. Semnar, Class of '08
Summer A. Main, Class of '17
Mike D. Romney, Class of '07
Taylor S. Williams, Class of '17

Take things one step further: would you like to connect with current students or alumni who are studying or practicing in the area you plan to pursue? Contact your admissions counselor (Audrey, Baran or Iris) today for more information.

Click here to listen to a discussion between Liam Vavasour ('14) and current student Franky Gomez as they talk about the CWSL experience.


Financial Aid

Our school's financial aid office is ready to help you plan and prepare for the journey ahead. Take time to learn more about what loans and scholarships are available to you, their terms, and the repayment options that presently exist for law students.


Moot Court Programs

California Western trial teams and moot court programs have a nationally recognized history of success. Recently, California Western teams won national titles at the UC Davis Asylum and Refugee Law National Appellate Moot Court Competition, the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice (CACJ) National Criminal Trial Advocacy Competition in San Francisco, and the Regional ABA Negotiation Competition in Utah. If you would like to hone your writing, research, and oral advocacy skills in a challenging setting with high standards and expectations, check out our trial teams and moot court programs.


Living in San Diego

We hope to help you find a place to stay where you'll feel comfortable and secure while you embark on your legal education at California Western School of Law. Visit our Student Housing page, join the CWSL Housing Facebook Group, and for more personalized assistance, contact your admissions counselor (Audrey, Baran or Iris) for further assistance.


Webinar Library

Here are some informative, interactive webinars we've recently produced. We will continue to hold webinars until classes begin and will post recordings here. We hope these webinars will help you feel prepared to start off on the right foot at California Western.

Student & Alumni Discussion: Franky Gomez and Liam Vavasour, '14

The CWSL Response to Online Learning

Getting Settled in San Diego

CWSL Clinics: Service in the Time of Covid-19

"Brian Banks" Q&A with CIP Director, Justin Brooks

Academic Support at California Western School of Law

Finding a Job: Introduction to the Career and Professional Development Office

Alumni Highlight: Taylor at the DA's Office

Alumni Highlight: Grant at the PD's Office

Cassie at Jacksonville Jaguars (Sports Law)

Luis at Jewish Family Service (Immigration Law)

The Online Classroom Experience, feat. Sara Bloch 3L (Zoom recording)

How to: Getting Involved on Campus and Beyond

How to: Go to Law School Virtually

How to: Join and Lead the MCHB and CAP Teams

How To: Wrap Up Your Law School To-Do List