California Southern Law School

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Not to be confused with University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA), Southern California Institute of Law (Santa Barbara, CA), the correspondence school California Southern University (Irvine, CA), or the unaccredited institution called "Cal Southern University", located in Houston, TX, and registered in the South Pacific Island of Niue..
California Southern Law School
CSLS Logo.pdf
Motto A Great Value in Legal Education
Established 1971
School type Private Law School
Dean Judge (Ret.) Elwood M. Rich
Location Riverside, California, US
33°57′33″N 117°23′29″W / 33.9591°N 117.3914°W / 33.9591; -117.3914Coordinates: 33°57′33″N 117°23′29″W / 33.9591°N 117.3914°W / 33.9591; -117.3914
Enrollment 96
Faculty 18
USNWR ranking No USNWR Ranking
Bar pass rate 8% (1/8) (July 2013 1st time takers), 24% (5/21) (July 2013 repeaters)[1]
Website Official website
ABA profile Non-ABA School

California Southern Law School (CSLS) is a private part-time evening law school in Riverside, California. It is registered with the California State Bar Committee of Bar Examiners (CBE), but is not accredited by the CBE or approved by the American Bar Association. As a registered law school, CSLS graduates may take the California Bar Examination and upon passing the Bar, they are authorized to practice law in California.[2]

History[edit]

California Southern Law School was founded in 1971 as Citrus Belt Law School[nb 1] by California Superior Court Judge Elwood M. Rich[3] to serve students in the Inland Empire of Southern California.[4][nb 2] It took its original name from the Citrus Belt League of the Inland Empire, but changed the name in 1990 to California Southern Law School.[5]

California State Bar CBE registration[edit]

California Southern Law School is registered with the Committee of Bar Examiners[6] of The State Bar of California (CBE), which authorizes CSLS to operate and to grant the Juris Doctor (J.D.) law degree. CSLS is not approved by the American Bar Association[7] or accredited by the CBE. As a registered "unaccredited" law school, CSLS students must take and pass the First-Year Law Students' Examination (commonly referred to as the "Baby Bar") administered by the CBE.[8] Upon successful passing of the "Baby Bar" those students may continue with their law studies to obtain their J.D. degree.[9]

Facilities[edit]

California Southern Law School maintains its facilities in stand-alone buildings in the Magnolia Center Neighborhood[10] of Riverside, California. Facilities include offices, classrooms and a trial practice courtroom. Legal Research and Writing classes are held at the Victor Miceli Riverside County Law Library[11] in Downtown[12] Riverside.

Academics[edit]

Pre-Legal Education requirements[edit]

CSLS admits students meeting the Pre-Legal Education requirements set forth by the Committee of Bar Examiners and does not require the Law School Admission Test (LSAT).[13] The CBE requires prospective law students to complete a minimum of two years of approved college work or its equivalent before entering law school.[14] This requirement is generally met by receiving an Associate of Arts (AA) degree, Associate of Science (AS) degree or by having completed at least 60 semester (90 quarter) units of college work applicable to a Bachelor's degree at a regionally accredited or approved school recognized by the CBE, with an average grade at least equal to that required for graduation. As allowed by the CBE, prospective CSLS students can satisfy this requirement by taking certain College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests.[15][nb 3]

Law study[edit]

As required by the Committee of Bar Examiners,[16] California Southern Law School offers a four year law curriculum. The CSLS program covers all bar examination subjects likely to be tested by the CBE.[17][18] All classes are held on weekday evenings which allows students to pursue a legal education and maintain full-time employment.[19]

Judicial Instructors[edit]

Judges and commissioners teaching at CSLS include:

Noted people[edit]

Successful California Southern Law School graduates are found in many areas of the Southern California legal community.[23] They include judges and other distinguished alumni.

Alumni judges[edit]

Other distinguished alumni[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ California Southern Law School is the DBA for Citrus Belt Law School, a corporation registered with the California Secretary of State, number C0629839, filed 07/23/1971. It has filed a FBN with the County of Riverside, County Clerk, file number R-201104190, exp. 4/12/2016. It is licensed by the City of Riverside Finance Department, Account No. BL00007353. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) has given CSLS an A+ Reliability Rating as an Accredited Business since March 10, 1976.
  2. ^ Judge Rich opened Citrus Belt Law School shortly after the private vocational Riverside University, which had a law program, was closed by state and federal regulators."Riverside University May Have To Close". The Press-Courier (Oxnard, California). June 10, 1971. p. 4. Retrieved March 23, 2011. 
  3. ^ Students meet can CBE Pre-Legal Education requirements by obtaining a score of 50 in the following CLEP tests, offered by the College Board:
    Either the College Composition or the College Composition Modular examination; plus,
    Two/four other examinations (12 credits total) in: Composition and Literature (Humanities examination only); Foreign Languages; History and Social Science; Science and Mathematics; Business

References[edit]

  1. ^ "General Statistics Report: July 2013 California Bar Examination". California State Bar. January 22, 2014. 
  2. ^ Admission Requirements California State Bar
  3. ^ Todd, Bruce (November 2009). "Elwood Rich: His 62 Years with the Court". Riverside Lawyer Magazine (Riverside, California: Riverside County Bar Association) 58 (10): 17. Retrieved January 11, 2011. 
  4. ^ De Atley, Richard K. (October 5, 2008). "Graduates of Riverside's 'great little law school' thrive". The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, California). Retrieved January 11, 2011. 
  5. ^ Kataoka, Mike (January 31, 2005). "No-frills law school has legacy of success [excerpt]". The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, California). 
  6. ^ Committee of Bar Examiners Registered Unaccredited Fixed-facility Law Schools in California 11/15/2010
  7. ^ "ABA-Approved Law Schools by Year". ABA website. Retrieved April 1, 2011. 
  8. ^ FYLSE Requirements
  9. ^ Description & Grading of the California First-year Law Students' Examination
  10. ^ City of Riverside Neighborhoods, Magnolia Center
  11. ^ Riverside County Law Library
  12. ^ City of Riverside Neighborhoods, Downtown
  13. ^ CSLS Admission Requirements
  14. ^ State Bar Pre-Legal Education Admission Requirements
  15. ^ CBE College Equivalency Rule 4.25(B) Policy
  16. ^ CBE Requirements
  17. ^ CSLS Law Study Legal Requirements
  18. ^ State Bar CBE Scope of the California Bar Examination
  19. ^ CSLS Mission, Purpose and Objectives
  20. ^ "Schwarzenegger Names Eight New Judges to Superior Courts Statewide". Metropolitan News-Enterprise (Los Angeles, California: Metropolitan News Company). May 25, 2007. Retrieved March 23, 2011. 
  21. ^ California Baptist University, Faculty, Jim Bishop, J.D.
  22. ^ Martindale-Hubbell Profile
  23. ^ CSLS Practicing Grads
  24. ^ Santa Barbara County Judicial Officers
  25. ^ Riverside County Board Supervisor John J. Benoit newsrelease, July 21, 2008
  26. ^ Thierbach, Donna (February 2010). "Judicial Profile: Hon. John G. Evans". Riverside Lawyer Magazine (Riverside, California: Riverside County Bar Association) 60 (2): 20–21. Retrieved January 12, 2011. 
  27. ^ Butler, Ed (January 2005). "BenchMarks: Douglas N. Gericke". San Bernardino County Bar Association (San Bernardino, California): 9. Retrieved January 11, 2011. 
  28. ^ Butler, Ed (March 2007). "BenchMarks: Art Harrison". San Bernardino County Bar Association (San Bernardino, California): 4–5. Retrieved January 11, 2011. 
  29. ^ Butler, Ed (October 2003). "BenchMarks: Christopher J. Warner". San Bernardino County Bar Association (San Bernardino, California): 7. Retrieved January 11, 2011. 
  30. ^ Hernandez, Barbara E. (November 11, 2003). "Ex-minister becomes court commissioner". The Press-Enterprise (Indio, California). Retrieved January 11, 2011. 
  31. ^ Armstrong, Jason M. (August 15, 2007). "Man of the Robe". Daily Journal (Los Angeles, California: Daily Journal Corporation). Retrieved January 27, 2011. (subscription required)
  32. ^ "Governor Appoints Several Riverside Residents to Government Positions". The Black Voice News (Riverside, California: Brown Publishing Company). August 22, 2007. Retrieved March 24, 2011. 
  33. ^ Superior Court of California, County of Imperial Judicial Officers
  34. ^ Riverside Community College District Board Members
  35. ^ Athena International, The Athena Award Program
  36. ^ "RCC to unveil 'Wall of Honor' today". The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, California). March 1, 2011. Retrieved March 22, 2011. 
  37. ^ Armstrong, Jason W. (May 10, 2007). "Top Women Litigators of 2007". The Daily Journal (Los Angeles, California: The Daily Journal Corporation). Retrieved March 23, 2011. (subscription required)
  38. ^ "Top Women Litigators 2008". The Daily Journal (Los Angeles, California: The Daily Journal Corporation). May 14, 2008. Retrieved March 23, 2011. (subscription required)
  39. ^ Pacheco, J'Amy (May 2010). "Edwin Butler Remembered as 'Wonderful and Remarkable'". Bar Bulletin (Rancho Cucamonga, California: Western San Bernardino County Bar Association) X (5): 1–2. Retrieved March 24, 2011. 
  40. ^ Holland, Don (December 24, 1999 (republished August 6, 2010)). "Retrospective: Caldwell stands firm despite High Desert's changing landscape". Daily Press (Victorville, California: Freedom Communications, Inc.). Retrieved January 12, 2011. 
  41. ^ California State Bar Members, Terry Edward Caldwell
  42. ^ Armstrong, Jason M. (October 24, 2003). "Survivor Would Do It All Again If Necessary". Daily Journal (Los Angeles, California: Daily Journal Corporation). Retrieved January 27, 2011. (subscription required)
  43. ^ Kataoka, Mike (October 21, 2003). "Amiable advocate leads county Bar". The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, California). Retrieved March 23, 2011. 
  44. ^ Boyd, Jeffrey A. (September 2010). "Opposing Counsel: L. Alexandra Fong: Not just a small town girl . . .". Riverside Lawyer Magazine (Riverside, California: Riverside County Bar Association) 60 (8): 22–23. Retrieved January 27, 2011. 
  45. ^ Public Service Law Corporation
  46. ^ "Recognizing 38 Community Builders: Hardy Brown Birthday Celebration". The Black Voice News (Riverside, California: Brown Publishing Company). December 9, 2010. Retrieved March 22, 2011. 
  47. ^ California State Bar Members, Katie Greene
  48. ^ San Bernardino County District Attorney's Office
  49. ^ Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board
  50. ^ California State Bar Members, Michael Ramos
  51. ^ Riverside Office of the County Counsel, Office History
  52. ^ California State Bar Members, Jody S. Rank
  53. ^ Cruz, Mike (January 5, 2011). "Michael A. Ramos begins third term as San Bernardino County D.A.". Redlands Daily Facts (Redlands, California: Los Angeles Newspaper Group). Retrieved March 22, 2011. 
  54. ^ Butler, Ed (March 2008). "SBCBA Profiles: Michael A. Scafiddi". San Bernardino County Bar Association Bulletin (San Bernardino, California: San Bernardino County Bar Association) 36 (5): 4–5. Retrieved January 27, 2011. 

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