Founded in 1966, the law school has a large base of 11,000+ alumni and a strong presence in the private and public legal sectors in California and the West. Western State University College of Law is a small private law school located in the suburban college town of Fullerton, in Orange County, Southern California. Western State is noted for its highly accessible faculty, small class sizes, collaborative environment, and diverse student body. The law school offers a wealth of programs to help students build practical skills, including the Business Law Center, the Criminal Law Practice Center, and the Legal Clinic as well as private and public practice Externships.
The Career Development office provides individual guidance to students throughout their law school career to build their skills and work experience, make contacts, and position themselves for the job market after graduation and the bar exam.
Law schools across the country offer quite similar programs of instruction. Typically, all of the first year and much of the second year program consist of required courses such as Criminal Law, Contracts, Torts, Property Law and Civil Procedure .
Criminal Law Practice
The Criminal Law Practice Center is a program that expands the teaching of criminal law far beyond the traditional law school curriculum. The Center brings together in the law school legal scholars, judges, practicing criminal defense attorneys, prosecutors, legislators, law enforcement officers, and community leaders who contribute a tremendous amount of experience and diversity of perspectives to the educational experience of students. The Criminal Law Practice Center offers legal externships to provide students with real-world experience while attending law school.
Business Law Practice Center
The Business Law Center at Western State University offers students strong academic and practical preparation for legal careers advising corporate entities, small businesses and entrepreneurs in all aspects of business law.
In this program, the students have an opportunity to represent clients with problems in domestic relations and consumer complaints. Students have the opportunity to enhance their classroom learning and to acquire practical skills of interviewing and counseling clients, preparing pleadings, writing motions, negotiation, and mediating. Students can also engage in all phases of the litigation process.
Western State University offers all its students the opportunity to develop oral and written advocacy skills as early as their second semester in law school. In the Professional Skills classes, students write appellate briefs and practice oral advocacy skills in a series of practice rounds, culminating in an internal appellate moot court competition.
The Professional Skills Program focuses on the fundamental lawyering skills of legal analysis, case synthesis, legal research and citation, and legal writing in the form of formal office memoranda and appellate briefs.
Western State offers a variety of educational, real-world externship placements for eligible students. Under the supervision of the faculty externship directors, students receive academic credit for the legal work they perform in an appellate, judicial, civil or criminal law setting.
The Library at Western State University College of Law is located in a separate building dedicated entirely to library services. The three-storey, 30,000 square foot facility seats over 400, and has wireless Internet connectivity, along with about fifty computers. A spacious computer laboratory/classroom with an overhead projector provides ample space for teaching Lexis, Westlaw, and other online research databases to the students, faculty, and staff. In addition to 200,000 plus print volumes, there are thousands of titles online. All online titles are available on campus and off campus to qualified users through a proxy server.
Western State University College of Law
1111 North State College Blvd.
Fullerton, CA 92831-3014