University of Northern California, Lorenzo Patiño School of Law

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Coordinates: 38°34′47″N 121°29′34″W / 38.57972°N 121.49278°W / 38.57972; -121.49278

University of Northern California
Lorenzo Patiño School of Law
MottoExcellence and Affordability
in Legal Education
School typePrivate Law School
LocationSacramento, CA, US
Bar pass rate0% (0/3) (July 2011 1st time takers)[1]
Website UNC Lorenzo Patiño School of Law

The University of Northern California, Lorenzo Patiño School of Law (UNC) was a private law school located in Sacramento, California. UNC offered a part-time, four-year law program as well as a paralegal program. As of June 30, 2013, the State Bar of California Committee of Bar Examiners did not have UNC listed as a law school; and the University of Northern California's website does not list the Juris Doctor as one of its academic programs.[2]


The law school was founded in 1983 by Leonard Padilla, who later renamed it in honor of his friend and the late judge Lorenzo Patiño [3] (who served as its first dean)[4] in association with attorneys Heman Smith and Douglas Nareau as well as law student Danny Brace, Jr.

The school held its first classes in the spring of 1983. The first instructors were Douglas Nareau, John Ewing, Betty Rocker, Heman Smith and Linda Dankman. Nareau and Ewing were featured in the Sacramento Bee as Valedictorians of their respective law schools. Betty Rocker had gained a great deal of notoriety as one of Sacramento's premier criminal defense attorneys and Smith had gained praise for successful litigation that challenged redlining as a loan practice. Lorenzo Patino was one of the first Latino judges in the state and was an early supporter of MADD.

Authorization to operate[edit]

The law school did not have professional accreditation from either the ABA Office of the Consultant on Legal Education]].[5] or the State Bar of California Committee of Bar Examiners.

As an unaccredited educational institution, the UNC had to be authorized to operate by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education. It was approved to confer the Juris Doctor degree and a certificate in paralegal studies.[6] It was registered as an unaccredited law school with the State Bar of California Committee of Bar Examiners.[7]

Because it was not accredited, UNC law students had to take and pass the First-year Law Students' Examination, informally called the "Baby Bar", at the end of their first year to receive credit for their legal study and as one of the qualifications to sit the California Bar Examination after taking the degree.

Bar pass rates[edit]

From 1997 through February 2011, 134 Lorenzo Patiño graduates took the California Bar Examination as first-time takers; of that number, 12 have passed the examination for a 9% pass rate.[8]

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References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ "General Statistics Report: July 2011 California Bar Examination". California State Bar. December 28, 2011.
  2. ^ The State Bar of California, Committee of Bar Examiners/Office of Admissions: Registered Unaccredited Fixed-Facility Law Schools in California (2013 Master List of Unaccredited Fixed Facilities Schools-R 06/30/2013 Archived November 3, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ The Superior Court for the County of Sacramento Hall of Justice is named in honor of Judge Patiño Archived January 15, 2016, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Lorenzo Patiño Council No. 2862 of Sacramento Archived June 10, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)
  5. ^ "ABA-Approved Law Schools by Year". ABA website. Retrieved April 1, 2011.
  6. ^ CBPPE license info Archived March 18, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ Committee of Bar Examiners, Law Schools in California Archived April 23, 2016, at the Wayback Machine. Accessed March 12, 2011
  8. ^ State Bar of California Bar Examination Statistics Archived May 15, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.

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