Western State ranks 12th in diversity


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 FACULTY BLOG

Fall 2014 Immigration Clinic Students

November 24, 2014

The Immigration Clinic students collectively reflect experience this semester on a wide range of immigration work: bond hearings, detention work, asylum, U visas, adjustment of status, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Violence Against Women Act self-petitioning, and defenses to deportation. They have worked on behalf of survivors of political persecution, rape, domestic violence, kidnapping, and sexual assault, and confronted the effects of racial profiling, drug addiction, gang violence, and immigration detention in their Clinic work this semester.

Mia Lomedico selected for a law clerk position through CELA

November 23, 2014

Western State student Mia Lomedico has been selected for a law clerk position offered through the prestigious CELA organization (California Employment Lawyers Association). CELA's program arranges interviews for students desiring to join an employment law firm for a 10-week summer clerkship. Mia will be joining a CELA-member firm in Orange County for her Summer 2015 position. CELA also offers an employee justice fellowship stipend, the selections for which will be announced in January 2015. Congratulations, Mia!

Positive legal market news from our Assistant Dean of Career Resources

November 21, 2014

The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently predicted there are 41,460 attorney openings per year. This will create an incredible shift in demand over supply for law graduates beginning with the Class of 2016. Our current students can look forward to launching their careers in a robust legal market, prepared with the practical skills training and strong academic foundation that Western State provides.” – Pam Davidson, Assistant Dean for Career Resources

Myanna Dellinger Moderates Panel on International Economic Law

November 17, 2014

Professor Myanna Dellinger moderated a panel on international economic law at the 2014 biennial meeting of the American Society of International Law. The theme of the meeting was “Reassessing International Economic Law and Development: New Challenges for Law and Policy.” Held at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, the meeting featured speakers from New Zealand, Australia, and Germany as well as numerous top American scholars.

Professor Dellinger’s prediction that the United States and China would reach an agreement on climate disruption, made in her 2014 Fordham International Law Journal article, “Narrowed Constellations In A Supranational Climate Change Regime Complex: The ‘Magic Number’ Is Three,” materialized last week. See White House Office of Press Secretary Joint Announcement. Professor Dellinger’s article analyzes treaty precedent in the economic and environmental arenas and explains how a trilateral agreement between, most likely, the United States, the EU, and China, has the potential for broader substantive and procedural expansion in relation to climate change based on previous successful frameworks.

Criminal Law Event, “Parole, Snitch, or Die!”

November 15, 2014

On Thursday, November 13, the Criminal Law Association (CLA) partnered with the Criminal Law Practice Center (CLPC) and Western State Law Review (WSLR) to host Dr. Keramet Reiter's presentation of "Parole, Snitch, or Die!" Dr. Reiter's fascinating examination of supermax prisons focused on California's own Pelican Bay State Prison, one of the first such facilities in the nation, and raised a number of questions about the efficacy and humaneness of this hugely expensive incarceration model. Dr. Reiter is a professor at UCI Law and a national expert on prison law.

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Western State By The Numbers

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

75% bar pass rate
for first-time takers on the July 2013 CA Bar Exam.

55% of Fall 2014 class
is ethnic minorities and students of color.

30% of faculty
are minorities at Western State.

50% of faculty
are women at Western State.

22 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!

89% bar pass rate
for first-time takers on the February 2013 CA Bar Exam.

Western State founded, the first 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.

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

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

5 Certificate Programs
in Criminal, Business, Immigration, Family and Real Estate 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.

83% bar pass rate
for first-time takers on the February 2014 CA Bar Exam.