University of La Verne College of Law

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University of La Verne College of Law
Motto Quality By Tradition
Parent school University of La Verne
Established 1970
School type Private
Dean Gilbert Holmes[1]
Location Ontario, California, US
Enrollment 426 (Full- and part-time)[2]
Faculty 34[3]
USNWR ranking Unranked[2]
Bar pass rate 56% (49/87) (July 2011 1st time takers)[4]
ABA profile University of La Verne College of Law

The University of La Verne College of Law is a private, ABA-approved law school in Ontario, California. Founded in 1970, it is part of the University of La Verne and is the only ABA-approved law school in the Inland Empire.


In 2001, the law school established a new campus in downtown Ontario. It is near the Ontario Civic Center and the city library.

It is not a member of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS), but has paid a fee to receive AALS services.[5]


Organization and administration[edit]

Academic profile[edit]

Degrees offered[edit]

The school offers the Juris Doctor (JD) law degree. This requires 88 credits which can be done on a full-time basis over 3 years or on a part-time basis over 4 years.

The school also offers two dual degree programs in conjunction with the University of La Verne College of Business and Public Management, the Juris Doctor/Master of Business Administration (JD/MBA) and Juris Doctor/Master of Public Administration (JD/MPA).

Accreditation and ABA approval[edit]

On August 29, 2011, the school announced it received accreditation from the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California.[6]

The College of Law first received provisional approval by the American Bar Association in 2006.[7] Full approval was denied by the ABA in June 2011, as the first-time bar pass rate had not improved sufficiently.[8] In March 2012, the ABA again granted provisional approval through 2017 following an extensive review of the law school’s program of legal education, faculty, admissions and student services, facilities and bar pass rate.[9][10]

Post-Graduation Employment & Rankings[edit]

Employment Outcomes: According to the law professor blog, The Faculty Lounge, based on 2012 ABA data, only 35.6% of graduates obtained full-time, long term positions requiring bar admission (i.e., jobs as lawyers), 9 months after graduation, ranking 185th out of 197 law schools.[11]

The school is "unranked" in the U.S. News & World Report, "Best Law Schools" report.[2]

In The National Jurist: The Magazine for Law Students, La Verne Law was listed with a "B+" in the March 2011 "Diversity Honor Roll".[12]

Law reviews, journals and publications[edit]

  • Grand Jury Training (2003). Published by La Verne College of Law and the California Grand Jurors' Association (video seminar) OCLC 52204131

Legal clinics and student programs[edit]

The college of law opened a disability rights legal clinic in the Summer of 2007; it then opened a justice and immigration legal clinic.[13] Additional programs for students include clinical externships and practicums in Family Law and Lawyering Skills.[14]

Student loans[edit]

The average Class of 2009 graduate had $101,237 of student loan debt.[15]

Noted people[edit]


External links[edit]

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