California Western’s students have an overwhelmingly high level of satisfaction with their law school, according to the 2015 Law Student Satisfaction Survey (LSSSE) done annually by Indiana University.
Nearly 89 percent of California Western’s students surveyed rated their experience at the law school as “good” or “excellent.” Also, 85 percent of students surveyed said they would choose California Western as their law school all over again.
California Western also fared very well in student satisfaction when compared to participating peer schools. For example, 88 percent of our students rated their educational experience as “good” or “excellent,” compared with 79.6 percent among other local and regional law schools and 82 percent among other independent law schools regionally and nationally.
One survey result that really stands out is the rate of students who feel that the law school has been helpful with their job search—more than 76 percent of California Western’s students said they were “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with the school’s job search support. California Western was also rated highest on average among peer schools for helping students to acquire work-related and real-world problem solving skills.
“Overall, the LSSSE results show that our students leave California Western with much greater appreciation than they leave our peer schools,” said Niels B. Schaumann, California Western’s president and dean. “We are grateful and humbled by the affection our students have shown us, and which our alumni confirm often. That said, our results, while better than those of most law schools, are not nearly perfect, in that they show us we still have much work to do.”
Other areas where students reported high rates of satisfaction included career counseling, academic support, and encouraging the ethical practice of law. Students also volunteered pro bono work above and beyond what was required in the curriculum—nearly three times the hours of peer schools.
About the Law School Student Satisfaction Survey
LSSSE is based on decades of research on effective educational practices related to desirable learning outcomes. The survey gathers information from law students to assess the extent to which they engage in educational practices associated with high levels of learning and development.
Participating law schools receive valid, reliable information about the quality of the law school experience, to help them identify what is going well and what would benefit from more attention.