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California Western believes a diverse student body enriches the academic and interpersonal experiences of law school. The faculty and staff welcome each student into the school community and encourage all students to participate in the numerous academic, multicultural, pre-professional, and social opportunities present at the law school.  Our activities include organizing lunchtime discussions about a current issue, co-sponsoring events with student organizations, working with affinity bar associations on scholarship opportunities, and counseling students on their transition to law school. Each law school opportunity, event, and activity reflect California Western’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.


Jeff Chinn, Associate Director of Student and Diversity Services, brings over 20 years of experience working with diverse and underrepresented populations to the office. In Wahington, D.C., he directed a program that taught basic legal rights to youth in the juvenile justice system. Later, Chinn was Assistant Director of the law school’s California Innocence Project and worked to free the wrongfully convicted. In addition, he has been active with several non-profit organizations and causes in D.C. and San Diego, including the affinity bar associations. Locally, Chinn’s activities have ranged from being board president of the ACLU for San Diego and Imperial Counties to feeding the homeless on Sundays.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Jeff Chinn at 619-515-1577 or

Programs & Services

  • Diversity Programs

    The Student and Diversity Services offers a wide range of services to students with the goal of promoting an inclusive law school community. Services available to students include mentoring; coaching; advising; assisting students in solving problems; finding resources; and the development of leadership skills.

  • Diversity Coalition of Student Organizations

    The Diversity Coalition of Student Organizations offers peer support, connections with local and national affinity bar associations, and opportunities to participate in community service activities.

Commitment to Diversity

Statement of Non-Discrimination

California Western School of Law does not discriminate on the basis age; ancestry; citizenship status; color; creed; disability or medical condition; gender; pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions; gender identity or expression; marital, military or parental status; national origin; race; religion; sexual orientation, or any other basis prohibited by law.

Diversity Mission Statement

California Western School of Law is committed to using the law to prevent and solve human and societal problems. In conjunction with our mission - to train ethical, competent, and compassionate lawyers, representative of our diverse society and equipped to use the law effectively and creatively on behalf of all members of society - we value a rich diversity among our students, alumni, faculty, and staff, as well as in the larger communities of which we are a part.

Respect for diversity is integral to our goal of educating lawyers as creative problem solvers who frame the practice of law as a helping and collaborative profession. Diversity promotes mutual respect and fosters innovation and leadership, creating an environment in which all may fully develop and use their talents and abilities. Diversity enriches the academic community, providing wider perspectives and experiences, both in and out of the classroom.

To foster diversity among our students and alumni, we offer support and guidance for mastering the challenges of becoming lawyers and leaders of the bar. Through programs tailored to every phase of legal education, we work to ensure our graduates have the knowledge, skills, and perspective to build rewarding careers. We seek to offer ways for our students and alumni to develop and maintain those relationships which promote their professional development.

To foster diversity among our faculty and staff, we recruit among diverse communities. We celebrate the unique contribution each person brings to our law school. And, we encourage awareness of, and sensitivity toward diverse concerns.

To foster diversity throughout the wider community, both locally and globally, we seek to promote awareness of diversity's value through relationships with colleagues in the law and higher education, and offer programs that promote social, political, and economic justice.

Adopted 2010