Western State College of Law at Argosy University
|Western State College of Law at Argosy University|
|School type||Private, for-profit|
|Dean||William E. Adams, Jr.|
|Location||Fullerton, California, U.S.
|Faculty||40 (Full- and part-time)|
|USNWR ranking||Rank not published|
|Bar pass rate||79% (July 2012 exam, first-time takers); 89% (February 2013 exam, first-time takers)|
|ABA profile||Western State College of Law|
Western State College of Law at Argosy University (WSCL) is a private, for-profit American law school in Fullerton, California. It was the first law school established in Orange County and has over 11,000 alumni.
The campus has been located across the street from Cal State Fullerton since its inception but will be probably be relocating by the 2015-2016 academic year.
Western State was founded in 1966 as the first law school in Orange County, California. It is owned by Education Management Corporation. Western State has two buildings, the main building and the library. The main building houses all of the classrooms, the faculty offices, a mock trial courtroom, the admissions office, a student lounge, a student organizations room, the financial aid office, the human resources department, and the career services department. The library has a basement, main floor, and second story and contains computer labs in addition to legal materials.
Name change and relocation
In 2012, the name of the school officially changed to Western State College of Law at Argosy University, as it became one of the colleges of Argosy University, with which WSCL had already been affiliated since 2001. Among current and former students, it is still often referred to as WSU. The domain name of the school's official website also retains WSU, and no building signage has been updated yet to reflect the name change. The administration has deemphasized the Argosy University appendage to the school's official name, however. This is partially due to the fact that the school has enjoyed decades of name recognition in the North Orange County area. As a result, school officials often refer to the school now as simply Western State College of Law, Western State, or WSCL.
Also in 2012, the school sold its property to Cal State Fullerton for roughly $18 million. Western State will lease back the property for three years while it searches for a new site, which the administration hopes to keep in the North Orange County area.
Western State offers both full-time and part-time programs. Currently, the full-time program is only offered as daytime study, and the part-time program is only offered through evening study. However, part-time students can apply for spring admission, while full-time students can only do so for fall.
Criminal Law Center
WSU alumni comprise almost one-third of over 250 deputy district attorneys and almost one-fourth of the deputy public defenders in Orange County, California. Also, a number of alumni are engaged in the private practice of criminal law in Southern California. Because of the influence the law school has on the practice of criminal law in Southern California, the Criminal Law Practice Center was established to provide additional educational and practical opportunities for its students and alumni. The Practice Center offers a program that expands the teaching of criminal law beyond the traditional law school curriculum, bringing together legal scholars, judges, practicing criminal defense attorneys, prosecutors, legislators, law enforcement officers, and community leaders who contribute experience and diversity to the educational experience of students.
Business Law Center
The Business Law Center at WSU offers students academic and practical preparation for legal careers advising corporate entities, small businesses and entrepreneurs in business law. Students develop legal knowledge and the skills, practical experience and networking contacts needed to represent business clients. As part of the Business Law Center, WSU offers a Certificated Course of Study Program with courses relevant to business law.
Western State was listed with a "B+" in the March 2011 "Diversity Honor Roll" by The National Jurist: The Magazine for Law Students.
In 2013, the National Law Journal reported the graduating class of 2012 had the fourth highest unemployment rate, at 27.7 percent, among all U.S. law schools. This figure represents the number of graduates seeking employment but not finding a job within nine months after graduation.
Based on a 2004–2007 two-year average (2007 and 2004), 75.3 percent of Western State graduates were employed nine months after graduation.
- Anthony Adams: Former member of the California State Assembly
- Bob Chandler: Former American football player
- Bonnie Dumanis: District-Attorney for San Diego County
- Mike Garrett: Former American football player; former athletic director at the University of Southern California
- George Gascón: District Attorney and former police chief for San Francisco
- Duncan Hunter: United States Member of Congress and Presidential candidate
- Ross Johnson: Former long-time California state legislator
- Nguyen Cao Ky Duyen: Vietnamese-American personality and co-host of Thuy Nga's Paris by Night shows
- Lillian Lim: former San Diego Superior Court judge, graduate of San Diego Campus
- Ruth Parasol: millionaire, PartyGaming Founder
- Mangala Moonesinghe: Sri Lankan Member of Parliament and Ambassador
- George O. Wood: General Superintendent, Assemblies of God
- Message from the Dean
- "U.S. News & World Report, "Best Law Schools: Western State University"". Retrieved April 14, 2011.
- http://wsulaw.edu/news-and-events/news-detail.aspx?id=140235 ("According to unofficial calculations by the State Bar" as of June 2013)
- AALS Member and Fee Paid Schools
- http://wsulaw.edu/ Last accessed May 2013
- Official Viewbook
- "Accreditation". WSU website. Retrieved March 31, 2011.
- "ABA-Approved Law Schools by Year". ABA website. Retrieved March 31, 2011.
- Larsen, Rebecca (March 2011). "Most Diverse Law Schools (Diversity Honor Roll)". The National Jurist (San Diego, California: Cypress Magazines) 20 (6): 30–37
- "Internet Legal Research Group: Western State University, 2009 profile". Retrieved April 13, 2011.
- "Adams snags $111,845 state job" High Desert Daily Press, December 8, 2010, Retrieved 3/21/11.
- Alumni Hall of Fame
- San Francisco Police
- California State Bar Member Records – Duncan Lee Hunter
- United States Congress Official Biography
- California State Bar Member Records – Duyen Ky Cao Nguyen
- California State Bar Member Records – Lillian Lim Quon
- California State Bar Member Records – Ruth Monicka Parasol
- The Lanka Academic, "Q&A With HC Mangala Moonesinghe: Biography", September 2000 Accessed March 31, 2011
- California State Bar Member Records – George O. Wood