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Preparing for Law School

  • Building a Competitive Law School Application
    Associate Director of Admissions Christopher Baidoo shares tips for building a standout law school application and provides advice for common mistakes students should avoid in the application process. You can also listen to Assistant Dean Traci Howard discuss her perspective on the law school application here.

  • Choosing a Law School: What to Consider
    You’ve been accepted to law schools, but now where should you enroll? Hear about that decision from a group of current law students who discuss the factors that were important to them.

  • How to Earn a Scholarship
    Law school is expensive, but scholarships are available to help you fund your education. Hear from Assistant Director of Admissions Shawnessy Westcott as she discusses the California Western Scholarship Program and which scholarships are available to admitted students. You will also hear from an alumnus as well as a current student who share what their life was like as CWSL scholarship students.

  • Why Law School? What You Can Do with a JD
    The choice to attend law school is an important and exciting one. In this webinar you will hear from three current students about why they chose to come to law school and what they plan to do with their JD after graduation.

  • Our Summer Enrichment Program: Get a Head Start
    Starting law school can be a daunting proposition. For those looking for a head start, we offer our Summer Enrichment Program, a six week course for newly admitted law students that takes place the summer before your first year! Hear from current students (and Summer Enrichment alumni) about what a positive impact the program made on their first year in law school and their transition into life as a law student.

  • Success at College Law Fairs
    Have you walked by Law School or Graduate School Fairs on your campus without bothering to check them out? You'd be surprised how helpful they could be, and we're here to tell you why. Assistant Dean of Admissions, Traci Howard, is a seasoned veteran of Law School Fairs. She discussed why these events are helpful and important, which questions you should ask recruiters, and how to make yourself a memorable applicant.

The California Western Experience

  • Living in San Diego
    We think San Diego is one of the most beautiful places to live. Coming to school from far away Watch this webinar to learn more about living in San Diego and how to navigate the housing search.

  • About our January Starting Class
    We offer the option to start law school in the Spring with our January Class. Hear from a group of spring start students about their choice to start school in the Spring and why it was the right option for them (and maybe for you, too!)

  • The 1L Experience
    Is the first year of law school really that difficult? Hear from a group of current students about their transition to law school, their first year fears, and the resources they used to overcome those obstacles and achieve success.

  • Military Veterans in Law School
    California Western is so proud of the many brave men and women in our community who have served our country in the military. Law school is a great option for veterans, and as such we discussed the experience from the perspective of current students who are also military veterans. We also briefly discussed the Yellow Ribbon program, and other veteran benefits.

  • Diversity at California Western
    California Western is proud to graduate a new and diverse class of lawyers into the legal community each year. We strive to ensure that the lawyers of today and tomorrow are representative of the communities they will serve. In this webinar we heard from Director of Diversity Marion Cloete, as well as one of our Student Ambassadors, who discussed the impact of diversity at California Western.

  • Life Outside the Classroom
    You may think law school is exclusively a time to study. At California Western, that isn't the case! Our students find time to network with the local bar association, intern and even get in some time to surf every once in a while. In this webinar we spoke with two current students about how they've been able to positively compliment their time in law school with fun activities while still excelling in class.

  • Your Law School Life
    We've all heard stories about how stressful law school can be, and how much time your academic obligations may take away from time spent with family and friends. However, we've seen that students who make time for their family and friends tend to sometimes to better in class as well. In this webinar we spoke with two current students about how they've been able to manage their personal lives while still excelling in law school.

Starting Your Career

  • Charting your Career at California Western: Where to Start
    Assistant Dean of Career Services, Courtney Miklusak and Assistant Director Matthew Lab are joined by Assistant Director of Admissions Christopher Baidoo and an alum who discusses his time at California Western, the steps he took to develop himself as a future lawyer, and how he ended up finding a job after graduation.

  • Preparing for Practice: Clinical Internships and Practical Opportunities
    Associate Dean for Experiential Learning Linda Morton discusses our robust collection of clinics, the CWSL internship program and our wide array of practicum courses that are designed to prepare students for the practice of law. You will also hear from current students about their experiences as clinical students and interns at CWSL.

  • Finding a Job in Today’s Legal Marketplace: How to Stand Out
    Assistant Director of Career Services Jocelyn Salvatori talks with a current student about the legal job market and the resources provided by our Career and Professional Development office to make sure that students are as well-equipped as possible to tackle the job search.

  • California Innocence Project
    The California Innocence Project (or "CIP" as it is known to us at California Western) is one of our premier legal clinics. Students have the chance to participate in the incredibly important process of criminal defense for the wrongfully accused. Professor Justin Brooks will speak to us about the program, and will be joined by student participants who will also share their experiences.

  • Scholarships for Competitive Candidates
    Learn about available scholarships at CWSL and hear from current and former students about the opportunities they had as competitive candidates.

  • Study and Careers in Child, Family and Elder Law
    Professor Janet Weinstein, who ran the Child, Family and Elder Law concentration at CWSL, discussed the study of this field as well as internship and career opportunities.

  • Study and Careers in International Law
    Professor Jamie Cooper discussed the academic programs available here at CWSL in international law, as well as the myriad internship and career opportunities in international law.

  • Study and Careers in Labor & Employment Law
    Professor Jessica Fink discussed her experience practicing Labor law, as well as the area of concentration at CWSL and much more.

  • Study and Careers in Mediation and Arbitration
    Learn more about the CWSL Creative Problem Solving Area of Concentration, as well as internship and career opportunities in Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Alumni Perspectives

  • Alumni Perspective: Life After Law School
    We spoke with recent CWSL alums about why they chose CWSL, the programs and curriculum that helped prepare them for practice, and what life is like as a new attorney!

  • Alumni Life: New York City
    We spoke with CWSL alumni practicing in New York City about their choice of law school, their experience at Cal Western, and their decision to move across the country to practice law. Our featured alumni works in international tax matters.

  • Alumni Life: Florida
    For those interested taking your CWSL education to practice in the southeastern US, you'll find this webinar helpful. We spoke to alumni about their choice to follow a dream job to a state across the country from California.

  • Alumni Life: Arizona
    We spoke with CWSL alumni practicing in the Southwest US about their choice of law school, their experience at Cal Western, and their decision to move back home outside of California to practice law.

  • Alumni Life: Hawaii
    We spoke with CWSL alumni practicing in Hawaii about their choice of law school, their experience at Cal Western, and their decision to move back home outside of California to practice law.

  • CWSL in the California Legal Community
    We spoke with Dean of Student & Diversity Services, Susan Garret Finster, as well as CWSL alum and immediate past San Diego County Bar Association President Marcella McLaughlin of the San Diego District Attorney's Office. Dean Garret Finster and Ms. McLaughlin went into detail about their own education at California Western, the legal careers that came afterwards, and the California Western reputation in San Diego and beyond.

  • Careers in Sports Law
    This webinar has multiple values – for those interested in sports law, we spoke to a recent alum who has worked for a handful of major league sports teams. For those interested taking your CWSL education to practice in the southeastern US, this is one for you too! Listen in for the chance to ask your questions and learn about how this alum got her dream job before even graduating from law school.

  • Careers in Military Justice - JAG Program
    California Western graduates find exciting careers all over the world, and we're so proud of our graduates who have found rewarding careers as attorneys with the United States Armed Forces. In this webinar we spoke with Lieutenant JG Brenna Miller, '13, about her internships both in San Diego and abroad, as well as her exciting new career with the United States Navy.