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The National Jurist: CWSL Top Ranked in Diversity and International and Technology Law

Feb 02 2024
Jamie Weissmann
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In the Winter 2024 edition of The National Jurist’s pre-Law magazine, California Western School of Law (CWSL) was ranked among the top schools in the country providing a strong, supportive environment for students from diverse backgrounds. CWSL was ranked as the 4th best school in the nation for Hispanic students and the 13th best for Asian students. 

The magazine determines its rankings by weighing the school’s percentage of minority students (50% of the score), the percentage of minority professors (25%), and the diversity services offered by the school (25%). The magazine noted that “the schools at the top of preLaw’s ranking share a commitment to diversity and a desire to take creative approaches to admitting and supporting students of color and students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds.” Of the 36 new students who entered CWSL this Spring, 44% identify as racially or ethnically diverse and 33% are fluent in a language other than English.

In this issue, The National Jurist also identified California Western School of Law as one of the top schools in the country for International Law and Technology Law, giving it an A+ and A ranking, respectively. CWSL is dedicated to providing students with ample opportunities to focus their studies on the issues that are most pressing in the world today—international law and technology foremost among them. The school currently offers a concentration in International Law, allowing students to focus their studies and prepare for a career in this particular field. In the fall, CWSL will launch a new academic concentration in Intellectual Property, Privacy, and Media Law, putting students ahead of the curve in these critical areas within Technology Law. This comes in addition to our New Media Rights clinic, which gives students experiential training in internet, media, and intellectual property law. 

Last year, CWSL also launched its Law, Justice, and Technology Initiative (LJTI), which will entail a comprehensive overhaul of curriculum and resources offered to students, making sure they are empowered to use the latest legal technologies ethically and effectively and to navigate the complexities of new technology law as it arises. The LJTI will also bring leading scholars to campus for conferences and symposia on the most pressing matters at the intersections of law, justice, and technology. 

These rankings reflect the school’s success in achieving our mission to train ethical, competent and compassionate lawyers, representative of our diverse society, who can use the law effectively and creatively. 

In March, the rankings were reposted on