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
cancelled 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, (619) 525-1401, or schedule a phone appointment with your counselor (Audrey, Baran or Iris).
In good health,
Christopher E. Baidoo, Esq., M.S.W.
Assistant Dean of Enrollment Management & Institutional Research
Click here for a calendar of upcoming Admitted Student events.
Tour our Campus
Take a tour of our beautiful, sunny campus in San Diego.
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!
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
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
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
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.
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.
Take things one step
further: would you like to connect with current students or alumni who are studying or practicing in the area
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.
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.
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