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

Immigration Law Students’ Trip Featured in ABA Publication

January 13, 2015

The field trip to the U.S.-Mexico border taken last year by students in Professor Jennifer Koh’s Immigration Law class was described in the January 2015 issue of the ABA publication The Student Lawyer. Students participating in the day-long trip visited first with Customs and Border Patrol officials, and then with volunteers from a humanitarian organization that works with migrants. The trip formed the basis of an experience-based memo assignment. Professor Koh was quoted on her observation that the experience caused students to question their assumptions, gave students a much broader sense of possible immigration law career paths, and that students were “exposed to the legal system in a new way, and . . . able to see how the law has a deep influence in our country and on people’s individual lives.”

The Honorable James Rogan to teach Criminal Trial Practice

January 8, 2015

Western State proudly welcomes The Honorable James Rogan, Orange County Superior Court Judge, who joins the Western State adjunct faculty this semester and will teach Criminal Trial Practice. The esteemed jurist brings a wealth of experience on the bench, as a lawmaker and a lawyer to his role in the classroom. A corporate litigator, he was first appointed to the Municipal Court in Los Angeles in 1990, named to the Superior Court in 2006. James Rogan served in the California State Assembly, elected there as Republican Majority Leader and then won two terms in Congress. He was Undersecretary of Commerce and Director of the US Patent and Trademark Office during the Bush Administration.

Governor Brown appoints Western State alumnus to Orange County Superior Court

January 5, 2015

Congratulations to Western State alumnus John R. Zitny on his appointment to a judgeship in the Orange County Superior Court! Click here to read more.

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!

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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.