San Francisco Law School

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San Francisco Law School
San Francisco Law School seal.jpg
Parent schoolAlliant International University
School typePrivate
DeanKatherine Van Tassel
LocationSan Francisco, CA, US
Coordinates: 37°46′22″N 122°25′21″W / 37.77278°N 122.42250°W / 37.77278; -122.42250
Faculty29 (including Adjunct faculty)
Bar pass rate7% (2/27) (July 2015 1st time takers)[1]
5% (1/20) (July 2018 repeat takers)[2]

San Francisco Law School is a private, for-profit law school in San Francisco, California. Founded in 1909, it is the oldest evening law school in the Western United States.

The school became non-profit in 1941 and moved to Haight Street in 1968, where it would remain for almost 50 years before relocating to its present campus on Beach Street, near Fisherman's Wharf. The law school offers a four-year, part-time evening program leading to a Juris Doctor degree. In July 2010, the law school completed a merger to become a for-profit, graduate school of Alliant International University.

San Francisco Law School has been accredited by the Committee of Bar Examiners[3] of the State Bar of California since 1937, but is not accredited by the American Bar Association[4]. As a result, SFLS graduates are generally required to pass the California bar exam before they can take the bar exam or practice in states outside of California. San Francisco Law School is also regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.[5]

In 2014, San Diego Law School opened as a branch campus of San Francisco Law School and is located in the Walter Library on Alliant's campus in San Diego at Scripps Ranch.[6] San Diego Law School offers a four-year part-time evening program and is also accredited by the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State of California.

Bar Passage Rates[edit]

Fewer than eleven San Francisco Law School graduates took the California Bar Exam for the first time in July 2018, so the bar passage rate for first-time takers was not reported by the state. Of the twenty SFLS alumni who repeated the bar exam in July 2018, one passed, for a 5% pass rate.[7] The July 2015 California Bar passage rate for San Francisco Law School's first-time test takers was 7%, with 2 out of 27 takers passing the exam.



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  3. ^ Law Schools in California Accredited by the Committee of Bar Examiners (CBE) 4/10/2010
  4. ^ "ABA-Approved Law Schools by Year". ABA website. Retrieved April 1, 2011.
  5. ^ San Francisco Law School Accreditation Statement
  6. ^ "San Diego Law School". Alliant International University. Retrieved January 5, 2019.
  7. ^ Zaretsky, Staci. "A Breakdown Of California Bar Exam Results By Law School (July 2018)". Above the Law. Retrieved 2019-01-31.
  8. ^ Collins, Donald E. Native American Aliens: Disloyalty and the Renunciation of Citizenship by Japanese Americans during World War II. Westport: Greenwood Press, 1985

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