California Western School of Law Graduate Program Reviews

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80%
of students recommend
(3.77 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 10 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • Programmatic Accreditation: ABA
  • Campus Setting: City: Large
  • Student Population: 628
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: ---
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 18% part-time, 82% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $27,770
Source: NCES

Student & Graduate Reviews

2.6 out of 5.0
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Degree: Law
Graduation Year: 2016

Although I received a significant legal education from this school, I did not receive much else other than a degree. There were a few professors that were wonderful but overall, the staff was not culturally competent and not trauma-informed. I think the teaching strategies and mindset about student success need to be drastically changed if the school hopes to foster the most ethical, competent lawyers for generations to come.
4.83 out of 5.0
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Degree: Law
Graduation Year: 2017

Pursuing a JD is hard work but California Western makes it a positive experience. The financial burden is heavy, but don't let that stop you from getting a JD. The pro is that you will be able to pay off your student loans in no time. It's three long years but the reward far exceeds the struggle.
3.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Law
Graduation Year: 2017

I think the school should give out more financial aid to those in need. Law school is extremely expensive. I loved the campus and the faculty I have met. I am excited to go here.
2.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: Law
Graduation Year: 2015

California Western offers me a wide range of programs while competing with unique and bright individuals. While only a tier-four school, California Western has challenged me to be the best lawyer possible by emphasizing practice and practical training rather than theoretical studying. The professors are extremely accessible and I believe this school will turn me into a high quality attorney.
4.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Law
Graduation Year: 2014

Going to Law School is a huge commitment, but once you make that commitment, CWSL is an amazing choice. From faculty support to networking opportunities, CWSL is all around an amazing program focused on student success.
4.17 out of 5.0
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Degree: Law
Graduation Year: 2014

California Western School of Law consistently has one of the highest bar passage ratings in California.
3.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Law
Graduation Year: 2015

The pros are that California Western is in a great location and the facility is very supportive in helping their students succeed both during and after law school. However, they have a harsh grading curve. The highest score you can get on an exam is 95%. They say the reason is because one of the former deeds said "no law students can ever be 100% correct."Thus, no matter how well you do on your exams, you will always be bumped back a couple percentage points.
2.83 out of 5.0
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Degree: Law
Graduation Year: 2016

I really enjoy my classes, and am excited to start learning torts in this upcoming semester. The law library is great and the staff is very helpful. Career services is eager to get students started on looking for legal experience. Security guards are visible around campus. Parking is not offered so students either need to pay daily or park far from campus. The coursework for my first week of law school was intense. The schedule for part time students is not flexible, which makes it difficult for a student like me who has a family and a full time job.
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