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Important notice:  Dream Center Education Holdings (DCEH), the parent company of Westcliff University, announced on Friday, January 18, 2019 that it had entered into federal receivership. As a result of its affiliation with DCEH, Westcliff University (Westcliff), including Western State College of Law (Western State), which as a college of Westcliff is considered part of the receivership estate or subject to the control of the receiver. Federal receivership means a legally appointed receiver acts as custodian of DCEH’s business operations as it and related entities resolve legacy leases, contracts, and claims, including those from the university’s prior owner, Education Management Corporation. Western State understands that continued operation of Westcliff and the law school is a central focus of the receivership.

Westcliff’s regional accreditor, the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), has concluded that there is a reasonable basis to notify Westcliff of its obligation to Show Cause, because of the current inability of DCEH to meet its outstanding financial obligations. Show Cause is a sanction that requires Westcliff to present evidence to WSCUC to demonstrate that it has adequate financial resources to continue operations.  Westcliff leadership has advised Western State students that it anticipates that the protections offered by the receivership will help make this demonstration. During the Show Cause process, Westcliff remains accredited by WSCUC.  Western State remains approved by the American Bar Association.


Standard 509 of the American Bar Association Standards and Rules of Procedure for the Approval of Law Schools requires Western State College of Law to disclose a variety of consumer information on its website. This page provides access to that information.



The official ABA Standard 509 reports contain basic information about the Law School regarding admissions, curriculum, enrollment, financial aid, tuition and other required areas in an ABA-approved format. See the most recent ABA Standard 509 Information Report PDF.



Bar Passage 2020

Bar Passage Outcomes 2019

ABA Employment Summary for 2019 Graduates



Our transfer of credit policy and information about articulation agreements are available here .

Transfer credit is evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Western State College of Law offers no guarantee that credit earned at another institution will be accepted into a program of study offered by Western State College of Law.


In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

Western State College of Law does not guarantee third-party certification/licensure. Outside agencies control the requirements for taking and passing certification/licensing exams and are subject to change without notice to Western State College of Law.


Detailed employment statistics about our recent graduates, including the official ABA employment summaries, are available below.

ABA Employment Summary

NALP Employment Summary


Founded in 1966, Western State College of Law is the oldest law school in Orange County, Southern California, and is fully ABA approved. Western State College of Law’s 11,000+ alumni are well represented across public and private sector legal practice areas, including 150 California judges and about 15% of Orange County’s Deputy Public Defenders and District Attorneys.

Programs, credential levels, technology and scheduling options are subject to change. Western State College of Law at Westcliff University, 16715 Von Karman, #100, Irvine, CA 92606 © 2020 Western State College of Law. All rights reserved. Our email address is materialsreview@wsulaw.edu.

See wsuprograms.info for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.