Lincoln Law School of Sacramento

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Coordinates: 38°34′20″N 121°27′51″W / 38.57222°N 121.46417°W / 38.57222; -121.46417

Lincoln Law School of Sacramento
Established 1969
School type Private
Dean James Schiavenza
Location Sacramento, California, US
Enrollment 250
Faculty 26
USNWR ranking NR
Bar pass rate 58% (14/24) (July 2012 1st time takers)[1]

Lincoln Law School of Sacramento is a private law school in Sacramento, California, United States. The school's stated goal is to provide an excellent legal education at an affordable cost to qualified applicants. The school offers an evening-only, four year juris doctorate degree program.


Lincoln law school was founded in 1969 by Sacramento attorneys Andrew Smolich and Victor Bertolani. Prior to 1969, there was only one law school, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, in operation in the Sacramento region. Andrew Smolich recognized that he could seize upon the burgeoning demand for affordable legal education in Sacramento. When Andrew Smolich founded the school, his target market demographic was those students who wished to attain a quality legal education while still maintaining moderate prices.

Since its founding, thousands of Lincoln Law School alumni have been admitted to practice law in California. The school has a well-renowned presence in the Sacramento region. Many Lincoln Law School alumni have become judges (both federal and state), prosecutors, and general counsel for, and executive officers of, numerous California state agencies.


Lincoln Law School received its accreditation by the Committee of Bar Examiners (CBE)[2] of the State Bar of California in 1978. However, the law school has never applied for, nor been accredited by, the American Bar Association. This is because, as the school offers classes only in the evenings, it is ineligible for ABA accreditation, which requires that schools offers classes in the daytime.[3]

While CBE accreditation qualifies graduates for the California Bar Examination, lack of ABA accreditation affects the standing of graduates if choosing to practice law in a state other than California. Each state has its requirements for the number of years of practice in California before being eligible to sit for its state bar exam. Thus, graduating from Lincoln Law School entitles the prospective attorney to take the California Bar Examination and, upon passing the bar examination, to practice law in California. Many U.S. States allow prospective attorneys who are in good standing with one state bar association to practice law in the reciprocal state. A Lincoln Law School student who sits for and passes the California Bar Examination will be able to apply for and obtain a license to practice law in outside states that recognize reciprocity with California. However, not all states recognize reciprocity, and thus some states other than California would neither allow Lincoln Law School graduates to practice law in that state nor take the state bar examination. Thus, students are encouraged to find out whether graduation from Lincoln Law School would enable the graduate to practice law in a non-California state if the student is planning on leaving California after graduating.


Teaching faculty at Lincoln Law School is made up of judges and lawyers from the Sacramento legal community. The school employs faculty members who currently work as prosecutors, judges, or practicing attorneys.


Lincoln Law School offers a traditional juris doctorate degree program. Study begins in spring, summer or fall. Students take courses in such numerous subjects as Constitutional Law, Evidence, Professional Responsibility, Contracts, Torts, Criminal Law and Procedure, and numerous other courses that are either required for CBE accreditation or tested on the California Bar Examination. Typically, students take four "core" courses throughout the year, with electives, such as family law, employment law, and tax law, being offered from time to time. Upon graduation, students are awarded a juris doctorate degree and are eligible to sit for the California Bar Examination. Lincoln Law School hosts an annual graduation ceremony where graduates celebrate their achievement.

To graduate, students must:

1. Complete a minimum of 86 semester units in accordance with the school's prescribed curriculum;

2. Obtain, and maintain, a grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 or better during the academic year, and;

3. File a petition for graduation by March 15 of the student's final semester.

Ancillary Services[edit]


The Lincoln Law School Law Library contains approximately 15,000 volumes of legal books, treatises, and law review articles. The school provides a staff member for the library throughout the day and evening. Students are encouraged to utilize the library to further their studies.

Tutoring Services

Lincoln Law School does not provide tutors directly to the students. However, the school has contact information for local law school and bar examination tutors. Students who are in need of additional help are encouraged to utilize these services.


The predominate fraternity at Lincoln Law School is Delta Theta Phi Fraternity. Founded in 1900, the fraternity has initiated more than 136,000 members across the country and in several other nations.

Notable alumni[edit]

Some notable alumni include:

  • Eugene Balonon (Class of 1984), Superior Court of California, Sacramento County
  • Leonard Padilla (Class of 1980), television commentator, media personality, and bounty hunter


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