Glendale University College of Law
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|Glendale University College of Law|
|Motto||Lex Veritas Lux, "Law, Truth, Light"|
|School type||Private Law School|
|Location||Glendale, California, US
|Faculty||26 (Full-time and Adjunct)|
|Bar pass rate||31% (4/13) (July 2015 1st time takers)|
Founded in 1967 as Glendale College of Law, the institution renamed itself Glendale University College of Law in 1975. The University confers an undergraduate degree, that is a Bachelor of Science in Law. The University's College of Law confers a professional doctorate, that is the Juris Doctor. The University publishes the Glendale Law Review, a scholarly journal that is indexed in the Index of Legal Periodicals. The University maintains 1 Faculty, that is a Faculty of Law. Recipients of the University's J.D. degree, who are otherwise properly registered as law students with the Committee of Bar Examiners, are qualified to sit the California State Bar. GUCL has been located in the same two story brick building for over 40 years since 1970, the building was constructed in 1941 by Los Angeles County for use by the Health Department and as a County Courthouse.
GUCL was founded by Dr. Seymour Greitzer, a special needs educator of, then, many years experience, and Julius Alpheus Leetham (1918–2008), a long-term Los Angeles County, California Superior Court Judge, who was, also, chairman of the Los Angeles County Republican Central Committee in the 1960s. Leetham served for a time as president of GUCL and presided there over student moot courts for decades. A 1940 graduate of Stanford University, Leetham served as a U.S. Army officer in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Leetham was aide-de-camp to Major General Rapp Brush, commander of the United States 40th Infantry Division. Thereafter, Leetham attended and in 1948 graduated from Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
The 2 founders were of the opinion that ABA law school accreditation standards discouraged the evening study of law by working executives, who desired to advance their careers through adjunctive education in law, and by others, including disadvantaged minorities, who also did not have the luxury of attending law school without being concurrently employed, but, who, nonetheless, desired to contribute to society as legal professionals. These founders, accordingly, sought only to alternatively qualify GUCL students to sit the California State Bar. This remains GUCL policy to this day.
Notable current/former faculty
- Stephen G. Larson, former United States District Court judge; adjunct assistant professor from 1997 to 2001
- James E. Rogan, former United States Congressman 105th and 106th Congresses and former United States Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office from 2001 to 2004; adjunct professor of criminal law from 1988 to 1995
- "General Statistics Report: July 2011 California Bar Examination". California State Bar. December 17, 2015.
- Law Schools in California Accredited by the Committee of Bar Examiners (CBE). California State Bar. April 10, 2010.