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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.

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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 jchinn@cwsl.edu.

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
(Adopted February 2022)

California Western School of Law is committed to building a collaborative learning and working environment that promotes diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. We believe these values affirm mutual respect and foster innovation, enabling students, staff, and faculty to fully develop and use their skills to promote positive change. We recognize and appreciate the unique contribution each person brings to our law school. We strive to create an atmosphere of open discussion, mutual respect, and dignity toward all. We also extend these values to serve our local, national, and international communities.

We recognize and appreciate that this commitment is a continual process. Accordingly, we commit to pursuing an anti-oppression framework in our teaching, service, and engagement with the community.  To that end, we will engage in the following efforts:

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 and reflecting our diverse community, 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, appreciation, 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.

We commit to generating institutional metrics that document our progress. And we commit to engaging in regular reflection about our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.