University of Northern California, Lorenzo Patiño School of Law
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|University of Northern California
Lorenzo Patiño School of Law
|Motto||Excellence and Affordability
in Legal Education
|School type||Private Law School|
|Location||Sacramento, CA, US|
|Bar pass rate||0% (0/3) (July 2011 1st time takers)|
|Website||http://www.patinolawschool.com/ UNC Lorenzo Patiño School of Law[dead link]|
The University of Northern California, Lorenzo Patiño School of Law (UNC) was a private law school located in Sacramento, California. UNC offered a part-time, four-year law program as well as a paralegal program. As of June 30, 2013, the California State Bar Committee of Bar Examiners did not have UNC listed as a law school.
The school was founded in 1983 by Judge Lorenzo Patiño (who served as its first dean) in association with attorneys Heman Smith and Douglas Nareau as well as law student Danny Brace, Jr., and Leonard Padilla.
The school held its first classes in the spring of 1983. The first instructors were Douglas Nareau, John Ewing, Betty Rocker, Heman Smith and Linda Dankman. Nareau and Ewing were featured in the Sacramento Bee as Valedictorians of their respective law schools. Betty Rocker had gained a great deal of notoriety as one of Sacramento's premier criminal defense attorneys and Smith had gained praise for successful litigation that challenged redlining as a loan practice. Lorenzo Patino was one of the early Latino judges in the state and was an early supporter of MADD.
State Bar registration
The California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education authorized UNC to grant the Juris Doctor (J.D.) law degree and a paralegal certificates and it was registered with the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California as an unaccredited law school. As such, its students must take and pass the First-year Law Students' Examination, also known as the "Baby Bar", at the end of their first year to receive credit for their law study and eventually qualify to sit for the California Bar Examination. The school was not approved by the American Bar Association.
Bar pass rates
For the years 1997 through February 2011, 134 Lorenzo Patiño graduates have taken the California Bar Examination as first-time takers; of that number, 12 have passed the examination for a 9% pass rate.
References and notes
- "General Statistics Report: July 2011 California Bar Examination". California State Bar. December 28, 2011.
- The State Bar of California, Committee of Bar Examiners/Office of Admissions: Registered Unaccredited Fixed-Facility Law Schools in California (2013 Master List of Unaccredited Fixed Facilities Schools-R 06/30/2013
- The Superior Court for the County of Sacramento Hall of Justice is named in honor of Judge Patiño
- Lorenzo Patiño Council No. 2862 of Sacramento League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)
- CBPPE license info
- Committee of Bar Examiners, Law Schools in California Accessed March 12, 2011
- "ABA-Approved Law Schools by Year". ABA website. Retrieved April 1, 2011.
- State Bar of California Bar Examination Statistics