Southern California Institute of Law

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Not to be confused with University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA), California Southern Law School (Riverside, CA), the correspondence school California Southern University (Irvine, CA), or the unaccredited institution called "Cal Southern University" (located in Houston, TX, and registered in the South Pacific Island of Niue).

Coordinates: 34°16′01″N 119°12′47″W / 34.26694°N 119.21306°W / 34.26694; -119.21306

Southern California Institute of Law
Motto A law degree program for working adults
Established 1986
School type Private
Dean Stanislaus Pulle
Location Santa Barbara and Ventura, CA, US
Faculty 32[1]
USNWR ranking N/A
Bar pass rate 40% (4/10) (Santa Barbara)
17% (4/23) (Ventura)
(February 2013)[2]

Southern California Institute of Law (SCIL) is a private law school with campuses in Santa Barbara and Ventura, California. The two locations are operated together with the same Dean and president, Stanislaus Pulle. The Ventura and Santa Barbara campuses were founded in 1986 when Pulle left Santa Barbara & Ventura Colleges of Law to found Southern California Institute of Law. Both the Ventura[3] and Santa Barbara[4] campuses are licensed by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education to grant the J.D. law degree, Bachelors degrees, and paralegal certificates.

Academic programs[edit]

The Southern California Institute of Law is accredited by the Committee of Bar Examiners[5] of the State Bar of California. It is not approved by the American Bar Association (ABA).[6]


Southern California Institute of Law is among the lowest cost California Accredited Law Schools, with an annual tuition of approximately $7,850[7][8] Every student may also enroll in a deferred payment program, where tuition only payments will be in four equal installments with the first due at the time of registration, and the remaining payments made at the beginning of the following months.[9]


Southern California Institute of Law curriculum consists of four mandatory modules. All first year students take Contract, Criminal Law, Torts, and Legal Analysis. The following three modules consist of a mix of the following classes; Business Organizations, MBE Strategies & Techniques, Constitutional Law, Evidence, Criminal Procedure, Professional Responsibility, Remedies, Lawyering Skills, Ethics, Advanced Legal Writing, Legal Research, Real Property, and Wills and Trusts.[10]

A variety of summer courses are available each year.[11]

Graduation Speakers[edit]

Graduation speakers at Southern California Institute of Law have included California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye; Justice Ming W. Chin, of the California Supreme Court; Justice Norman L. Epstein, the Presiding Judge of the California Court of Appeal in Los Angeles; Senator Tony Strickland; Prince Zeid Ra'ad Al-Hussein, the President of the Governing Body of the International Criminal Court; Judge Kenneth W. Starr; Pedro Nava, a California Assembly Member; and Anthony Capozzi, the 79th President of The State Bar of California.[12]

Student Bar Association[edit]

Every student at Southern California Institute of Law can be involved in the school's Student Bar Association (SBA). All executive board members of the association are made up of students who are elected yearly. The SBA throws the annual holiday party, assists with graduation and the post-graduation gala and dinner, produces a biennial newspaper, and much more. The SBA has a website located at WWW.SCILSBA.COM.[13]


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