University of West Los Angeles
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|University of West Los Angeles - School of Law|
|Location||Inglewood and Chatsworth, California, US|
|Faculty||4 Full, 37 Adjunct|
|Bar pass rate||14% (1/7) (San Fernando Valley)
11% (2/19) (West Los Angeles)
(February 2012 1st time takers)
|Website||University of West Los Angeles|
The University of West Los Angeles - School of Law (also referred to as UWLA - School of Law) is a private, for-profit law school. It maintains two campuses in the Los Angeles metropolitan area in Inglewood (West Los Angeles) and Chatsworth (San Fernando Valley}. The School of Law is accredited by the State Bar of California Committee of Bar Examiners. In the most recent California Bar Exam (February, 2012), 12% of the school's alumni who took the exam passed.
UWLA was founded in 1966, by Henry Blunt, and three other Culver City High School educators. One of the first teachers UWLA hired to teach law classes was Attorney Clifford Dicker. He taught at the school. Professor Dicker became a professor of community property and continued to teach until his death in 2009. Basil George Dezes was appointed Dean of the Law School in 2006.
In 2002, the San Fernando Valley College of Law, co-founded as an independent school by Leo L. Mann and Joseph P. Lamont in 1962, was acquired and merged into UWLA. Originally the San Fernando Valley College of Law was the first law school in the San Fernando Valley. Today, many of the attorneys practicing in the San Fernando Valley are graduates of the San Fernando Valley College of Law, including a number of judges.
California Deputy Attorney General David F. Glassman leads the UWLA Moot Court Program. He serves as the faculty advisor to UWLA students competing in state wide and national moot court competitions. During Glassman's tenure as moot court advisor, UWLA students have won best brief awards in the Roger J. Traynor California Appellate Moot Court Competition and reached the finals of the Seton Hall John J. Gibbons National Criminal Procedure Moot Court Competition. In 2006, a UWLA team of students finished second in the written brief portion of the latter event, defeating more than 30 ABA institutions. In 2009, a team of two UWLA students received first-place in the same competition.
- Bernard S. Jefferson (deceased), Appellate Court Justice; President Emeritus; author, California Evidence Benchbook
- Evan Freed, J.D. 1978, Attorney and photographer of Robert Kennedy
- Albert L. Gordon, J.D. (San Fernando Valley College of Law) 1962, advocate for gay rights, challenged laws that criminalized certain homosexual practices
- Frank K. Wheaton, J.D. 1982, sports agent, former radio host for KPFK Los Angeles, attorney for Jackie Joyner-Kersee and other notable athletes
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- California Appellate Moot Court Competition
- John J. Gibbons National Criminal Procedure Moot Court Competition
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- California State Bar Member Records, Evan Freed
- Woo, Elaine. "Albert L. Gordon dies at 94; attorney fought for gay rights", Los Angeles Times, September 6, 2009. Accessed September 9, 2009.