Santa Barbara & Ventura Colleges of Law

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The Santa Barbara & Ventura Colleges of Law is a regionally accredited non-profit law school located in Santa Barbara and Ventura, California.

Santa Barbara and Ventura Colleges of Law
Logo of Santa Barbara & Ventura Colleges of Law
School typePrivate, Not-for-Profit
DeanJackie Gardina
LocationSanta Barbara and Ventura, CA, US
Bar pass rate36% (4/11)
(February 2018 1st time takers)[1]

History and Mission[edit]

The Ventura campus was founded in 1969 and the Santa Barbara campus was added in 1975. As of 2007, The Colleges have over 1,600 alumni.[2]

The mission of The Santa Barbara and Ventura Colleges of Law (COL) is to prepare leaders, for law and law-related professions, through graduate-level legal education that emphasizes academic excellence and accessibility. The Colleges seek to develop well-prepared graduates capable of integrating knowledge of legal theory, practical skills, and professional values.[1]

In 2016, Jackie Gardina was appointed Dean and Chief Academic Officer, succeeding Heather Georgakis, who served COL for three decades, including 15 years as Dean.[3]


The Colleges of Law is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools & Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). Additionally, the Juris Doctor program has been accredited by the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California for more than 30 years. This accreditation applies to both campuses (Santa Barbara and Ventura). Neither campus is accredited by the American Bar Association.


Juris Doctor[edit]

Juris Doctor graduates of the colleges are eligible to take the California State Bar Examination. For more than 30 years, the Juris Doctor program has been accredited by the Committee of Bar Examiners [4] of the State Bar of California. In keeping with its mission to offer legal education that emphasizes both academic excellence and accessibility, The Colleges of Law has not sought accreditation from the American Bar Association (ABA).[5]

The Juris Doctor program is a part-time evening curriculum with classes generally held on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays in Santa Barbara and on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays in Ventura. The academic calendar consists of two 15-week semesters and a 10-week summer term. Typically, students complete the program within three to four years.[6]

The average class size is approximately 25 students.

Master of Legal Studies[edit]

In 2012, The Colleges of Law added a Master of Legal Studies (M.L.S.) degree to their course offerings. This program is available to students online, with an option to complete a campus residency. Upon entering the program, students choose between two concentrations: Frontiers in Law or Regulatory Compliance and Legal Risk Management. The M.L.S. degree can be completed in 18 months.[7]

Notable alumni[edit]


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  2. ^ "Colleges of Law Website".
  3. ^ Law, The Santa Barbara & Ventura Colleges of. "The Santa Barbara & Ventura Colleges of Law Names New Dean". Retrieved 2016-06-29.
  4. ^ Law Schools in California Accredited by the Committee of Bar Examiners (CBE) 4/30/2015
  5. ^ "ABA-Approved Law Schools by Year". ABA website. Retrieved April 1, 2011.
  6. ^ Song, Jason (September 8, 2015). "Law school continues fight over minimum bar exam passage rate". Los Angeles Times.
  7. ^

External links[edit]

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