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An Exciting Place to Live & Work

San Diego is a culturally-vibrant, economically-thriving metropolitan area that offers opportunities unlike any other city. Our location at the heart of the region's legal and political community allows students to walk, bike, or take public transit to many nearby internship and service opportunities.

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Beautiful Climate | Cultural Opportunities | Recreational Opportunities | Business & Industry

Beautiful Climate

It would be difficult to think of a better place to endure the rigors of law study. The average daily temperature ranges from 65 degrees in January to 77 degrees in August.

With 267 days of sunshine a year, you will have plenty of opportunities to explore the 50 miles of accessible beaches.

Cultural Opportunities

World class theater thrives in this city. Just five minutes from campus is the world-famous Old Globe Theater complex. Find more live theater at the San Diego Repertory and La Jolla Playhouse. The Civic and Balboa Theaters and the San Diego Symphony host local, national and international music, dance, and theater companies year-round mere blocks from campus.

The crown jewel of San Diego, the 1,017-acre Balboa Park, is a short walk from campus and features world-class museums, the San Diego Zoo, hiking trails, jogging paths, and more.

The Gaslamp Quarter, Seaport Village, Horton Plaza and Old Town offer a splendid variety of restaurants, shops, sights and entertainment a short walk or trolley ride from campus.

Los Angeles is less than three hours away by car and Baja California, Mexico is just 20 minutes south.

Recreational Opportunities

San Diego is a paradise for personal athletic pursuits. In addition to the long stretches of sandy beaches, there are more than 200 parks and recreational facilities in the city of San Diego. Nearby mountains provide hiking trails in summer and challenging ski slopes from late fall to early spring.

For desert buffs, a 90-minute drive will put you in the middle of the spectacular Anza-Borrego Desert. The county of San Diego offers more than 60 golf courses, including the public Torrey Pines Golf Course which hosts PGA tour events. The San Diego Padres and San Diego Chargers top the professional sports teams.

Business and Industry

Located in downtown San Diego, California Western is a 5-minute walk from the heart of the region's legal and business centers. Students walk to internships and clerkships at the courthouse, public agencies, and law firms, and benefit from their proximity to the legal community. 

As a major Pacific Rim city, San Diego has developed a strong and diversified economic base. A world-renowned center for wireless telecommunications and bio-technology, the region also boasts a strong manufacturing core. Military, tourism and agriculture continue to have a strong presence.

Two major universities, the University of California, San Diego and San Diego State University are located within the city, and feature dual and joint degree programs with California Western. In addition, the Scripps Institute of Oceanography and the Salk Institute, both world-renowned research facilities, are nearby.