California Western School of Law

Founded in 1924, California Western School of Law (popularly known as California Western or Cal Western) is a private, non-profit law school located in San Diego, California. The school was accredited by the American Bar Association in 1962 and became a member of the Association of American Law Schools in 1967. It is the oldest law school in San Diego. California Western is home to both the Southern California and Hawaii "Innocence Projects." Its International Law Journal is among the oldest in the nation.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Contact Website (Website) http://www.californiawestern.edu
Admissions Dean (Admissions Dean) admissions@cwsl.edu
Location (Location) San Diego, CA
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Quick Facts

Founded : 1924
ABA Accredited : Yes
AALS Member : Yes

Rankings

US News Week : N/A
Vault Top 25 : N/A
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Median LSAT : 151
Median GPA : 3.18
Acceptance Rate : 69%


Cal Western Law School Admissions

Cal Western Law School is considered a Somewhat Competitive law school, which accepts only 69% of its applicants. Comparatively, Calwestern is Higher than the average cost for law school.

  Applications Offers Matriculated
Class of 2018 2291 1563 (68.22%) 309 (13.5%)
  25% Median 75%
GPA 2.89 3.18 3.45
LSAT 148 151 155

Tuition And Financial AID

  In-State Resident Non-Resident
Full Time $43,700 $43,700
Part Time $30,700 $30,700
Living Expenses  
Living on-campus: N/A
Living off-campus: $24,042
Living at home: $15,722

Important Dates

Early Decision 1 : 04/01
Early Decision 2 : N/A
Regular Decision : 11/01
Application Fee : $55

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Cal Western Law School Community

Cal Western Law School is considered to have a Somewhat Favorable student to faculty ratio. The average class size for 1L sections is approximately Average compared to other law schools. Student diversity at Calwestern is Average.

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FACULTY STATISTICS

  • Full Time : 38
  • Part Time : 48

FACULTY

  • # Female Faculty : 14
  • # Minority Faculty : 2

RATIO

16.9 Students

1 Faculty

HOUSING OPTIONS

  • On Campus Housing : No
  • Graduate Housing : No
  • Law Specific Housing : No

Cal Western Law School Curriculum

The size of 1L sections affects the quality and consistency of teaching in law schools. Generally with smaller 1L section sizes, students receive more individualized attention. California Western School of Law 1L section size is 14% larger than law schools in California and 14% larger than all Private law schools.

1L Section Size Comparison

Cal Western Law School: 78
California Average: 67
Private School Average: 67
  • Positions Available in Advanced Courses
  • Simulation Courses : 1512
  • Faculty Supervised Clinics : 88
  • Students Involved in Advanced Activities
  • Field Placements : 148
  • Law Journals : 133
  • Moot Court/Mock Trials : 57

Attrition Rates

  • First Year : 32.1%
  • Second Year : 0.3%
  • Third Year : 0.0%
  • Fourth Year : 0.0%

Cal Western Law School Employment

Deciding to attend law school requires a large financial investment with the goal of securing employment upon graduation. The California Western School of Law class of 2013 had an employment rate of 69% with 0% pursuing an additional degree.

Employment Comparison

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In 2013, 95.5%% of students reported their employment status 9-months after graduation.

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Type of Employment

  • Law Firms: 56.0%
  • Business: 19.0%
  • Government: 9.0%
  • Public Interest: 7.0%
  • Academia: 1.0%
  • California: 70%
  • Unknown: 16%
  • Nevada: 6%

Bar Passage Rates

  • Reporting: 95.5%
  • First Time Takers: 269
  • Average School: 79.4%
  • Average State: 72.5%
  • Pass Difference: 6.9%

Top Bar Jurisdiction

  • California : 72.2%
  • Passed : 195 of 248 (78.6%)
  • State Average : 72.5%
  • Difference : 6.5%
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