Santa Barbara & Ventura Colleges of Law

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The Santa Barbara & Ventura Colleges of Law are private law schools located in Santa Barbara and Ventura, California. They operate together with the same dean and president.

Santa Barbara and Ventura Colleges of Law
Logo of Santa Barbara & Ventura Colleges of Law
Established 1969
School type Private
Dean Heather Georgakis
Location Santa Barbara and Ventura, CA, US
Enrollment 200
Faculty 38
Bar pass rate 27% (3/11) (Santa Barbara)
20% (1/5) (Ventura)
(July 2012)[1]


The Ventura campus was founded in 1969 and the Santa Barbara campus was added in 1975. As of 2007, The Colleges have over 1,600 alumni.[2]


Juris Doctorate[edit]

Juris Doctorate graduates of the colleges are eligible to take the California State Bar Examination. The colleges are accredited by the Committee of Bar Examiners[3] of the State Bar of California. They are not accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA).[4]

The Juris Doctor program is a part-time evening curriculum with classes generally held on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays in Santa Barbara and on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays in Ventura. The academic calendar consists of two 15-week semesters and a 10-week summer term. Typically students complete the program within three to four years.

The average class size is approximately 25 students.

Master of Legal Studies[edit]

In 2012, The Colleges of Law added a Master of Legal Studies (available online) to their course offering.

Admissions, tuition, and scholarships[edit]


The colleges place emphasis on diverse students bodies and thus allow several paths for admission. The LSAT exam is optional.

Tuition and student aid[edit]

The total cost of the program is about $55,000. The program is not ABA approved and does not qualify for federally insured student aid or grants. It is qualified for veterans education benefits.


The following scholarships and grants are available to eligible students: Trustees’ Scholarships, Dean Richard Goldman Scholarship, Law School Book Award, Alumni Scholarship Fund, McMahon Justice Scholarship, Legal Community Scholarships, Local Community Scholarships, Legal Publisher’s Awards.

Notable alumni[edit]

Superior Court judges[edit]


District attorneys and public defenders[edit]

  • Mark Arnold, Public Defender, Kern County
  • Joyce Dudley, District Attorney, Santa Barbara County
  • Christie Stanley, District Attorney, Santa Barbara County

Elected officials[edit]

  • Naomi Schwartz, County Board of Supervisors, Santa Barbara County


External links[edit]

Coordinates: 34°25′28″N 119°42′18″W / 34.42458°N 119.70505°W / 34.42458; -119.70505