March 15, 2014 10:00am-2:00pm

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Program Schedule

9:30 am
10:00 am
Building Experience through Externships
Leveraging Your Prior Work Experience
Developing a Career Strategy in Law School
11:00 am
Keynote Speaker: John Patrick Dolan
12:00 pm
Student Panel

As a criminal trial lawyer, John Patrick Dolan (Class of 1977) has handled everything from traffic tickets to death penalty murder cases.

Dolan is a California State Bar Certified Criminal Law Specialist and a true courtroom veteran.

As an author, John Patrick Dolan has written several, best selling books, including his classic Negotiate like the Pros™.

He is a recognized international authority on negotiation and conflict resolution.

And, just to show that he does not take himself too seriously, he is also the co-author of the wildly popular Lawyer's Joke Book™.

A communications veteran, John Patrick Dolan is a television legal news analyst appearing frequently on Fox News Channel, MSNBC, and Headline News.

He has also been honored by the National Speakers Association as a member of the Professional Speakers Hall of Fame.

The California Desert Trial Academy College of Law, a newly founded law school in Southern California is John Patrick Dolan’s most recent venture.

A trial lawyer, Law Professor, best selling author, and communications expert... John Patrick Dolan has combined his many talents to become a favorite presenter for countless diverse clients including the American Bar Association, the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel, and the Texas Rangers baseball team.


News & Highlights

April 15, 2014

First Annual Criminal Law Alumni Mixer a Big Success

The Criminal Law Association and the Criminal Law Practice Center hosted an Alumni Mixer at Florentine’s in downtown Fullerton Friday evening. Approximately 50 lawyers and students were present to mix and mingle with each other. Deputy public defenders, deputy district attorneys, private defense counsel, and a judge from Orange, Los Angeles, and Riverside counties interacted with law students, providing them with excellent contacts for possible externship opportunities and jobs after graduation.

April 14, 2014

Professor Malagrinó's Sports Law article cited in brief to US Supreme Court

The Pacific Legal Foundation and Cato Institute cited and prominently featured Professor Dylan Malagrinó'’s recent article, "Off the Board: NCAA v. Christie Challenges Congress to 'Move the Line' on the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act," 118 Penn. St. L. Rev. 375 (2013), in the body of their amici curiae brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in support of Petitioners in Christie v. NCAA et al. Professor Malagrinó'’s article advances the proposition that state governments are both more responsive to the constituencies affected by state-specific policies regarding sports gambling restrictions and more aware of the local conditions that those laws address. The brief is available here.

April 11, 2014

Immigration Law Students Tour US-Mexico Border

Sixteen Western State law students who have been studying immigration law traveled to the U.S.-Mexico border to witness firsthand the growth of border enforcement along the southern border.

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"Participating in the border trip was an amazing opportunity that gave me unique insight into the agency and the realities of what we have been learning in the law school," stated Jossiel Moreira (’14), a Western State third year who is taking the survey Immigration Law class, and has represented several clients this year through the Immigration Clinic and Advanced Immigration Clinic.

The day-long trip, organized by Professor Jennifer Koh (who teaches immigration law and directs the law school’s on-site immigration clinic), also exposed students to multiple perspectives on border enforcement. First, in the morning, U.S. Border Patrol agents provided students with a guided tour of the U.S.-Mexico border near San Ysidro, California. Students rode in U.S. Border Patrol vans, walked along an “enforcement zone” (not accessible to the public) between border fence and the U.S.-Mexico border, and spoke extensively with Border Patrol agents about the challenges of monitoring the U.S.-Mexico border. Later that afternoon, students explored human rights critiques of current border policies through a visit with the founders of The Water Station, a non-profit humanitarian organization that provides water to migrants who risk death and dehydration when crossing the desert.

This spring, Western State announced the creation of an Immigration Law Certificate, which students may obtain through the completion of -- and success in -- a combination of required coursework, practical skills training, elective courses, and pro bono work.

April 4, 2014

Western State's Public Service Week April 5th-April 12th

The Student Bar Association Public Service Committee has planned over 15 different events for students, faculty and staff to again participate in service to the community.  Options include a Blood and Bone Marrow Drives, the MS Walk, Tax Assistance, mentoring high school students, and donation drives for Orangewood Children’s home and Human Options domestic violence shelter. Law student volunteers report and track their contributions and are recognized for their public service at graduation.  For full calendar of events click here.

March 31, 2014

Kaitlyn Daley & Marta Bachynska win honors at National Juvenile Law Moot Court Competition

Kudos to 2Ls Kaitlyn Daley and Marta Bachynska, Honors Moot Court Team members, who won the second place trophy for “best brief” in the 2014 spring competition held in Southern California.  The problem dealt with immigration enforcement and child welfare issues.

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Says Kaitlyn Daley of her Moot Court experience,  “We advanced to the quarter finals and placed second in the ‘best brief’ competition at the National Juvenile Law Moot Court Competition … the first year legal writing program and the advanced advocacy course at Western State truly prepared us to succeed.  We also owe a lot of our success to our faculty advisor and the dedicated faculty and students that assisted us in preparing for the competition.”

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Western State By The Numbers

11,000 + graduates
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79% bar pass rate
for first-time takers on the July 2012 CA Bar Exam. Western State students scored above average among ABA law schools.

53% of Fall 2013 class
is ethnic minorities and students of color.

30% of faculty
are minorities at Western State.

50% of faculty
are women at Western State.

19 student organizations
representing different interest areas of the law are active on campus.

22% of students
attend part-time.

2 starting classes
per year– August and January. Full-time and part-time options are available for both starting classes!

92% bar pass rate
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47 years
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150 judges
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15% of District Attorneys and Public Defenders
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22 miles
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15 student attorneys
were enrolled in the Immigration Clinic in Fall 2013

2 Certificate Programs
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100% of eligible students
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