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Before you commit to joining our community, we know you have many questions about our law school, faculty, students, alumni and programs and what makes Western State special. Ask us about career development opportunities, externship placements, student organizations, our alumni network, practice skills courses, academic support, and scholarships, as well as our clinic, centers and bar preparation programs.

Take the time to visit. We think you'll be impressed with our warm welcome, friendly diverse students, outstanding, accessible faculty and supportive staff. Visiting us from out of the area? We will arrange for complimentary lodging at a nearby hotel for you. Not able to travel here? We'll gladly link you with faculty, students or recent graduates. Call us at (714) 459-1101 or email adm@wsulaw.edu for questions, to arrange visits or to connect with someone on campus.

Admitted Students Events

  • Orientation

    Orientation is mandatory for all incoming students and will be held on campus.

  • Parents and Partners Program, Swearing In Ceremony & Reception with Faculty

    Embassy Suites Brea
    900 East Birch Street, Brea, CA 92821

    5:30 PM - Parents & Partners Program

    Your family is welcome to attend this event that will talk about:

    • What to expect in law school
    • Challenges and stress first year law students face
    • Changes in family dynamics
    • Law school/work/life balance for part time students
    • Ways to support and encourage your law school success

    7:00 PM - Law Student Swearing In Ceremony

    Immediately following the Parents & Partners program, incoming students will take the "oath of professionalism", administered by an alumni judge.

    Hors d'oeuvres reception with faculty immediately following.

    RSVP required.
    RSVP to wsursvp@wsulaw.edu by August 11th. Please indicate the number of attendees.


Financial Aid

Need financial assistance? Applying for financial aid can be a daunting process. We're here to help! Our Student Finance Office works hard to help you identify and coordinate the resources you need to finance your legal education. Visit Financial Aid


What's Next

Submit Your Tuition Deposit

Western State requires a non-refundable tuition deposit to reserve your place in the entering class. This $300 deposit is payable by check or credit card by April 1. (For later admits, please see your admit letter for the due date of this deposit.) A second deposit of $200 is due on June 2, 2014. The second deposit must be paid prior to registration for classes. Both payments will be applied toward your first semester tuition.

To pay by credit card, please call the Admissions Office at (714) 459-1101.

The deposit checks must be made payable to "Western State College of Law" and mailed directly to the Admissions Office at 1111 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton, CA 92831.

*If you are enrolling in spring, please see your admit letter for the due date of this deposit.

Send Official Transcript

Have your undergraduate institution mail an official and final undergraduate transcript to the address above, attention the Admission Office, reflecting the awarding of your Bachelor's degree. Transcripts received as part of the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) from LSAC are not considered official.

Apply for Financial Aid

Fill out your financial aid application and complete your FAFSA as soon as possible and make an appointment to speak to Julie Kohler in Student Finance to plan the financing of your law school education. Julie can be reached at (714) 459-1119 and jkohler@wsulaw.edu. (FAFSA Western State School Code: 013710.)

Visit and take a tour of the campus

We would be happy to arrange for you to tour our campus, sit in on a class or meet with a member of our Admission or Financial Aid Staff. Please contact us at (714) 459-1101 or adm@wsulaw.edu to arrange a visit.

Attend an Admitted Student Event

April 26, May 15

Keep Mailing Address Up to Date

Please ensure your mailing and email addresses are up to date. You will receive time critical and important information from Western State throughout the spring and summer.

Buy your books

The booklist will be available in late July. Most students purchase online or at a local legal bookstore that stocks our titles.

Attend Mandatory Orientation

Orientation for entering and transfer students will be held on Saturday, August 9th. It is mandatory for all new students and it is important that you hold this date to ensure you can attend. Details of program and schedule will be sent to registered students.

Attend Introduction to Legal Methods Class

Introduction to Legal Methods is a preparatory course for first year students that will run from August 11th through August 15th. This week is part of a one unit required graded class in your first semester; attendance for 1Ls is mandatory. Syllabus and schedule (day for full time and evening for part time students) for the class will be send in July.

Register with the California Committee of Bar Examiners

All law students planning to take the California bar exam must register as law students with the State Bar of California within 90 days of their start of classes at Western State. Registration is available at http://admissions.calbar.ca.gov/.

Read the Student Handbook

You will receive a copy of the Student Handbook which contains all student policies, code of conduct and useful reference information during Orientation. Read and retain for reference.


Housing

Western State takes an active role in providing housing services for students who wish to live in the local area surrounding our law school. Rhonda Cohen, Assistant Director of Admissions at Western State, is also our Housing Services Coordinator and takes great pride in welcoming and assisting newcomers into our community. She herself attended Western State and has lived in close proximity to the law school for the past 20 years. Beginning April 2014, Rhonda will be in touch with those students who have expressed a desire for help with living accommodations via an email newsletter. The following services will be offered to our incoming students:

  1. An updated list of apartment complexes within a 1-7 mile radius of the law school, all recommended by past and current law students.
  2. Any current condominiums or private home rentals in the area that she has been made aware of by local residents.
  3. Information on rooms for rent in local houses in the area.
  4. The opportunity to be put on a “Roommate Wanted” list consisting of other incoming 1L students or current students. Students who have placed their tuition deposit for fall of 2014 will be given access to this information once they have spoken to Rhonda and have provided her with some basic information.
  5. Information on private dorm residences available across the street within a few blocks from the law school. You may reach Rhonda Cohen by email at rcohen@wsulaw.edu.

FAQs

When will I receive information on orientation?

Information on Orientation will be included in the Registration Packet which will be mailed to you in June. *Registration packets will be mailed once your second tuition deposit it received.

When/ How do I register for classes?

You will need to fill out the Registration & Payment form found in your Registration packet. For the first semester only, the Registrar will automatically register you in the appropriate classes and sections and send you a schedule confirmation. In future semesters, you will register online.

How do I order books?

Law texts may be purchased online or from the following enterprises:

  1. The Law Bookstore
    1775 W. La Palma Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92801
    (714) 491-2665 www.thelawbookstore.com
  2. Legal Books Distributing / College Stores Enterprises, Inc.
    4247 Whiteside Street, Los Angeles, CA 90063
    Toll Free:(800) 200-7110, Local:(323) 526-7110, Fax:(323) 526-7112
    www.legalbooksdistributing.com

When will I receive my tuition bill and when is payment due?

The Bursar's office will be mailing tuition bills in late July. Tuition and fees are due by August 1, 2014. Contact the Bursar's Office with questions, (714) 459-1118.

How do I obtain a parking permit?

Parking permits will be issued by Student Services Office beginning in August during Orientation week. If you have questions about parking permits, please call Student Services at (714) 459-1120.

When will my student loan refund be available?

In most cases, funds are disbursed close to or AFTER the start of the semester. Refunds to students of excess funds, if applicable, begin AFTER the start of each semester. It is important that you have enough money on hand to pay for books and supplies as well as at least one month's living costs.

When do I get my network username/password and e-mail account?

This information will be sent to registered students in late July.


Parking & Student ID's

Western State provides parking for students in the closed lot adjacent to our buildings. Parking permits are issued by the Student Services Office beginning in August. A minimal parking fee is included in student fees each semester. If you have questions about parking permits, please contact Student Services at (714) 459-1120.

Western State is a private school and closed campus. Students will receive picture ID's and security cards which open doors for after hours access to the buildings. ID photos will be taken and cards issued to new students during Orientation week in mid August.

Health Insurance

Western State offers a student health insurance plan through Kaiser Permanente that includes coverage for, among other things, office visits, emergency care, and prescriptions. Health insurance is included in student fees. Students who wish to waive this coverage may opt out. More information regarding details of coverage, cost, deadline for sign up or to opt out will be provided in July from the Student Services office.