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Our students leave California Western with the knowledge, skills, and values they need to practice law. This process includes carefully crafting a sequenced JD curriculum and offering our students the opportunity to work with real clients and cases through our clinics. 


California Western offers four clinics that serve the community and allow our students to gain experience working with real clients.

The California Western Innocence and Justice Clinic (formerly known as California Innocence Project) is a clinic established in 1999 at California Western School of Law. The clinic is dedicated to freeing the innocent, training law students to be advocates for their clients, and changing laws and procedures in the state of California. Since its inception, the clinic has helped free 40 wrongfully convicted clients.

The Community Law Project provides legal advice to low-income and some of the most vulnerable members in San Diego County. The clinic gives students the opportunity to develop a commitment to public service. We offer legal clinics in the San Diego communities of City Heights, Downtown, North Park, and Solana Beach.

The New Media Rights Clinic is at the forefront of the digital world and the law. 

Students work closely with program staff and clients to analyze policies and laws related to digital content creation. 

The Trademark Clinic provides free legal services for individuals and small businesses seeking a federal trademark or service mark from the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Our students, working under the supervision of a California-licensed attorney, provide legal assistance to clients who can afford the administrative filing fees but who do not have the means to hire an attorney to advise them.