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 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.”

March 29, 2014

Treana Allen and Kathleen McHale win Moot Court Honors

Congratulations to our Western State Honors Moot Court Team members Treana Allen and Kathleen McHale - they attended The Federal Bar Association's Thurgood A. Marshall Memorial Moot Court Competition in Washington, D.C. last weekend ..... 46 law schools competed and our students won THIRD PLACE for BEST BRIEF!   Many thanks to their faculty advisor Professor Udoka Nwanna.

March 26, 2014

Environmental Law Society hears about developing climate change law

Professors Myanna Dellinger and Stacey Sobel gave a presentation to the newly-formed Environmental Law Society on developing climate change law at the sub-national, national and supranational levels, as well as the constitutional implications of such new law.

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The Western State College of Law ELS is dedicated to providing and promoting a forum for education, advocacy, and scholarship aimed at protecting the environment. Professor Dellinger is the faculty advisor of ELS, which seeks to inform the law school and surrounding community about environmental issues and sponsor engaging activities such as symposia, documentaries, research projects, social and networking events.

March 21, 2014

Real Estate Practice Certificate Program Launched

Western State faculty has approved the creation of a Certificate Program in Real Estate Practice (REPC). Students will earn the Certificate by demonstrating-a distinguished commitment to the practice of real estate law,   through their course of study, performance, experiential learning, and pro bono / public service work.  This brings to four the number of Certificate options offered, including Immigration Law, Business Law, and Criminal Law.
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Western State By The Numbers

11,000 + graduates
who have earned their J.D. degree at Western State.

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
for first-time takers on the February 2012 CA Bar Exam. Western State scored the highest in the state!

47 years
of academic excellence, making Western State the oldest law school in Orange County.

150 judges
and judicial officers in California graduated from Western State.

15% of District Attorneys and Public Defenders
in Orange County are Western State graduates.

22 miles
to Los Angeles, a world center of business and culture.

15 student attorneys
were enrolled in the Immigration Clinic in Fall 2013

2 Certificate Programs
in Criminal Law and Business Law for students who seek to specialize.

100% of eligible students
find placements in Externships and receive individual career guidance.

250 days
of sunshine each year. Southern California boasts one of the most desirable climates in the world.

42 miles
of beautiful, sandy Pacific Ocean coastline including Laguna Beach, Huntington Beach and Newport Beach.