Lincoln Law School of San Jose

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Lincoln Law School of San Jose
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School typePrivate
DeanLaura A. Palazzolo
LocationSan Jose, California, US
37°19′52″N 121°53′06″W / 37.331047°N 121.88489°W / 37.331047; -121.88489Coordinates: 37°19′52″N 121°53′06″W / 37.331047°N 121.88489°W / 37.331047; -121.88489

Lincoln Law School of San Jose is a private, non-profit law school located in San Jose, California. Founded in 1926, the law school was formerly part of Lincoln University, prior to achieving independence as an institution in 1993.


The school traces its roots to 1919 when Dr. Benjamin Lickey and his wife Susan Lickey founded a law study program in San Francisco as a way to provide veterans and working-class students a part-time night school for law studies.[1] 1932 graduate Kenneth Fung[2] was the first Chinese American to be admitted to the practice of law in the state.[3]

The school was incorporated in 1926 as a part of Lincoln University and located in San Francisco, becoming a non-profit institution in 1949. In 1961, a second law school campus was opened in San Jose, graduating its first class in 1965. By 1987, Lincoln University's entire law school program was concentrated in San Jose. In 1993, the San Jose campus formally separated from Lincoln University becoming an independent, public benefit, non-profit corporation, changing its name to Lincoln Law School of San Jose. The school moved to downtown San Jose in 1999. In 2000, the 25-year-old Peninsula University School of Law merged into Lincoln Law School.


Lincoln is exclusively an evening-study program that lasts 4 or 4.5 years, depending upon the starting date of the student. 84 units of study are required for graduation with each unit equal to 15 hours of in-class instruction.[4] Students usually attend classes 3 or 4 nights a week, with a few options for elective or seminar classes scheduled during the daytime on Saturdays.[1]


The school has been approved by the Committee of Bar Examiners[5] of the State Bar of California since 1993, but the school is not accredited by the American Bar Association.[6] As a result, graduates are generally only eligible to take the California bar exam and practice in California.

As of July 1, 2022, the school reported that it did not meet the State Bar of California five-year bar passage rate of 40 percent for state-accredited law schools and as a result, the school's accreditation will terminate on December 31, 2022. The law school will operate as a registered, unaccredited fixed-facility law school effective January 1, 2023. [7]

Law Review[edit]

Lincoln has published a student-produced law review since 1965.[8]

Notable people[edit]



  1. ^ a b "Earn Your JD Law Degree | Evening Classes. Personalized Learning".
  2. ^ Attorney Search: Kenneth Fung, State Bar of California (Accessed: 2010-04-29)
  3. ^ History and Mission, Lincoln Law School of San Jose (Accessed: 2010-04-29)
  4. ^ Curriculum, Lincoln Law School of San Jose (Accessed: 2010-04-29)
  5. ^ Law Schools in California Accredited by the Committee of Bar Examiners (CBE) 4/10/2010
  6. ^ "ABA-Approved Law Schools by Year". ABA website. Retrieved April 1, 2011.
  7. ^ "2022 Minimum Cumulative Five-Year Bar Examination Pass Rates for California Accredited Law Schools (MPR)" (PDF).
  8. ^ General Information, Lincoln Law Review (Accessed: 2010-04-29)
  9. ^ a b Distinguished Alumni, Official Internet site

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