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

Mike Zatlin to extern at California Court of Appeal

August 18, 2014

Congratulations to 4L Mike Zatlin,  selected to assist Justice William Bedsworth at the California Court of Appeal, Fourth District, this fall.  After completing this prestigious judicial externship, Mike looks forward to graduation in spring 2015 and to a new career helping others though the practice of law, following his previous career in electronic sales. Mr Zatlin also serves on the Law Review; as a member of the Honors Moot Court Team he has represented Western State at the New York Law School Wagner Labor Law Competition in the Spring of both 2013 and 2014.

William Shapiro ('78) Recognized as Trial Advocate, Educates Other Attorneys

August 12, 2014

Adjunct professor William Shapiro, who currently teaches Civil Trial Practice, was nominated “2014 Trial Lawyer of the Year” by the California Chapters of the American Board of Trial Advocates (Cal-ABOTA) and named “2014 Trial Lawyer of the Year” by the Consumer Attorneys of the Inland Empire. Professor Shapiro will be a featured presenter on “Voir Dire” at Cal-ABOTA’s upcoming Masters in Trial professional education seminar in September, has given multiple “Civility Now” presentations this year in Southern California, and recently was invited to give a “Closing Argument” before members of the Arkansas Bar Association at their June 2014 Annual Meeting.

Alumna appointed Judge of the Orange County Superior Court

August 12, 2014

The Western State community congratulates Nancy E. Zeltzer (Class of 1977 and Hall of Fame inductee), who has just been appointed Judge of the Orange County Superior Court by Governor Brown.

It's Official! Western State's 83% February 2014 bar pass rate ranks #5 in California.

August 7, 2014

In official results just published for the February 2014 California Bar Exam, Western State graduates’ success rate was again among the top in the state. WSCL’s first time pass rate exceeded the ABA law school average by 14 points, continuing a record of consistent strong performance, placing the school in the top ten on eight of the nine last bar exams.  Congratulations to our terrific graduates!

Associate Dean Allen Easley appointed Interim Dean and Interim Vice Chancellor

July 28, 2014

Dean Allen Easley, who has been at Western State for two years, brings to his role as Interim Dean more than thirty years experience in legal education.  He has served previously as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Washburn University School of Law for thirteen years, as President and Dean at William Mitchell College of Law, and as Dean at the University of La Verne College of Law. Dean Easley has also held numerous leadership positions at the ABA, American Association of Law Schools (AALS), and the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC), the three major national organizations that support legal education. He will serve as Interim Dean and Interim Vice Chancellor of Argosy University during the upcoming academic 2014-15 year, while a national search for a permanent dean is currently being planned.

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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.