Empire College School of Law

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Empire College School of Law
Parent schoolEmpire College
School typePrivate/For-Profit
DeanBrian J. Purtill[1]
LocationSanta Rosa, California, US
38°28′03″N 122°43′43″W / 38.4674°N 122.7286°W / 38.4674; -122.7286Coordinates: 38°28′03″N 122°43′43″W / 38.4674°N 122.7286°W / 38.4674; -122.7286
Faculty56 (includes adjunct)[2]
Bar pass rate27% (July 2018 1st time takers)[3]

Empire College School of Law, part of Empire College and founded in 1973, is a four-year evening law school program accredited by the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California.[4] As an evening-only law school, the School of Law is not approved by the American Bar Association.[5] Empire Law School's professors are practicing attorneys and judges from the North Bay area who teach in their specialty areas.

Empire graduates comprise approximately 25 percent of the Sonoma County Bar and include members of the judiciary in Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino, Merced, Lassen, Lake, and Calaveras counties.

Following a year of construction, the college opened its new campus in January 2000 which includes, as tenants, two California superior courts for the County of Sonoma at which civil cases are conducted. Moot Court and Trial Practice classes are held in the courtrooms.[citation needed] In the 2000 Roger J. Traynor California Appellate Moot Court Competition, the Empire College Moot Court Team won first place in both The California Academy of Appellate Lawyers Award for Best Brief and The Bernard E. Witkin Award for Excellence In Appellate Advocacy.[6] In 2018, Empire's team won first place in oral argument at the competition, with both of their team members ranked among the top oralists. [7]


  1. ^ Empire College SOL Faculty and Staff
  2. ^ Empire College SOL Faculty and Staff
  3. ^ https://abovethelaw.com/2018/12/a-breakdown-of-california-bar-exam-results-by-law-school-july-2018/2/
  4. ^ Law Schools in California Accredited by the Committee of Bar Examiners (CBE). California State Bar. April 10, 2010.
  5. ^ "ABA-Approved Law Schools by Year". ABA website. Retrieved April 1, 2011.
  6. ^ http://www.witkin.com/pages/traynor_pages/Past%20Winners2012.pdf
  7. ^ "Roger J. Traynor Moot Court Competition Past Winners by Year". Witkin Legal Institute website. Retrieved September 20, 2018.

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