Western State Tops California Schools in Bar Exam Western State ranks 12th in diversity Western State offers certificate programs Western State is the oldest law school in Orange County Western State campus exterior photo

WHERE CAN A LAW DEGREE TAKE ME?

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

RSVP is required for this event. Please email wsursvp@wsulaw.edu with your name and let us know if you would like to bring a guest.

Program Schedule

9:30 am
Registration
10:00 am
Welcome
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
Lunch
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.

www.dolanlawoffices.com
www.negotiatelikethepros.com
www.cdtalaw.com


News & Highlights FACULTY BLOG

Story Photo

Professor Cheyanna Jaffke Attends U.S. Tax Court Judicial Conference

June 8, 2015

Professor Cheyanna Jaffke recently returned from the U.S. Tax Court Judicial Conference at Duke University. Attendance at the conference is by invitation only and Professor Jaffke was invited by the Chief Judge of the U.S. Tax Court, Michael Thornton. She had breakfast with Judge Eric G. Bruggink, senior judge on the United States Court of Federal Claims in Washington, DC, met and spoke with Justice Antonin Scalia, and had dinner with Judge Robert A. Wherry, Jr., senior judge of the U.S. Tax Court.

Story Photo

Professor Jennifer Koh’s Article Cited Extensively by United States Supreme Court in Mellouli Decision

June 1, 2015

The United States Supreme Court cited and quoted Professor Jennifer Koh in its majority opinion in Mellouli v. Lynch, an important case involving the immigration consequences of crime. In Mellouli, the Court held in a 7-2 opinion that a lawful permanent resident’s conviction for possession of drug paraphernalia under Kansas law (in this case, involving four unidentified pills contained in a sock) did not trigger deportation. The majority opinion, written by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, cited and quoted Professor Koh’s law review article, “The Whole Better Than the Sum: A Case for the Categorical Approach to Determining the Immigration Consequences of Crime,” 26 Geo. Immigr. L. J. 257 (2012) extensively to support the contention that the “categorical approach” – a methodology used by adjudicators to determine whether a conviction should trigger adverse immigration consequences — “is suited to the realities of the system.” (Slip op. at 7). Earlier this year, Professor Koh weighed in with her thoughts on the Mellouli case in an online symposium at crimmigration.com.

Story Photo

Professor Jennifer Koh to Join Board of Editors of Clinical Law Review

May 28, 2015

The Clinical Law Review has announced that Professor Jennifer Koh will join its Board of Editors in January 2016. The Clinical Law Review is a semi-annual peer-edited journal devoted to issues of lawyering theory and clinical legal education, and is jointly sponsored by the Association of American Law Schools (AALS), the Clinical Legal Education Association (CLEA), and New York University School of Law. Members of the Board of Editors serve for a term of 6 years, and work with authors publishing in the Clinical Law Review to edit articles as well as serve as small group leaders in the journal’s annual writers’ workshop.

Story Photo

Adjunct Professor Neil Pedersen Presents for California Young Lawyers Division Annual Practical Skills Training Symposium

May 27, 2015

Adjunct Professor Neil Pedersen presented at the State Bar offices in Los Angeles on May 22 on the topic of Making Good Client Choices. He was asked to present as part of the California Young Lawyers Division Annual Practical Skills Training Symposium, a two-day training program for young lawyers. The presentation included a series of video clips and discussion focused on heading off practice problems by identifying potential client issues in the intake process.

Story Photo

Professor Glenn Koppel Attends Meeting of the American Law Institute

May 22, 2015

Professor Glenn Koppel just returned from the 92nd Annual Meeting of the American Law Institute in Washington, D.C. Professor Koppel, elected to the ALI in 2007, is a member of the Members Consultative Group to the Restatement of the Law Fourth The Foreign Relations Law of the United States. He was also one of eight bloggers who posted comments on the ALI’s Annual Meeting Blog about events at the 2015 Annual Meeting. Among the speakers this year were Margaret Marshall who, as Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Court, wrote the 2003 decision in Goodridge v. Department of Public Health that declared that the Massachusetts constitution does not permit the state to deny citizens the right to same-sex marriage, and James Comey, Director of the FBI, who presented some of the challenges facing the FBI in the digital age.

View More Stories

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.

1966
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.

spacer image