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University of La Verne (College of Law)

The College of Law focuses on your success through smaller classes, greater emphasis on the individual, and personalized career development. Most notably, it is a progressive environment infused with excitement, intellectual challenge and vast opportunity.

Our Mission: To teach our students to be effective legal professionals who use their skills and talents for the benefit of their communities, to imbue these students with pride in the legal profession, and to promote diversity within the law school community, accomplished by providing full-time and part-time law programs with high academic standards.

Our Goals: To merit recognition as one of southern California’s leading law schools and to be known as the preeminent ABA approved law school serving the regional needs of inland southern California.
We will achieve these goals by providing our students with a quality legal education in which they gain an understanding of the practice of law, develop dedication to the needs of individual clients, and value the promotion of justice carried out with integrity and civility.

In January 2001, the University of La Verne College of Law opened the doors to its state-of-the-art law campus in the City of Ontario, in Southern California’s Inland Empire region. The College of Law is located on a seven acre site next to the Ontario Civic Center and the new City Library. With a spacious Atrium Tower and other amenities, the College of Law building has approximately 64,000 square feet. A large grass lawn and park area, with tables and benches, on the north side of the building provide shade trees and places for students to relax. Parking for 300 cars is provided in a lot immediately adjacent to the law school.

The College of Law campus was designed to give students ready access to technology. The Computer Lab has up-to-date student workstations, and students have Internet access throughout campus via a combination of hardwired and wireless connections. Classrooms are equipped with the latest in audiovisual technologies to enhance the classroom experience, and the College of Law’s moot courtroom includes a custom designed audio-video system used for trial or appellate exercises and instruction.

The rigorous academic program of the College of Law is designed to provide grounding in legal theory, lawyering skills, and ethics––areas critical to the modern practice of law. Successful completion of the JD degree at the University of La Verne College of Law requires completion of a total of 88 units.

In order to provide a complete and comprehensive legal education, the College of Law has structured the curriculum so that the general legal education is related to the actual practice of law. Legal research and the writing of legal memoranda are expected in several courses. Required courses and many regularly offered electives stress the practical application of legal rules. In addition, the Lawyering Skills Practicum and clinical externship programs provide opportunities to counsel clients and effectively represent varied legal positions. As a result, JD recipients from the College of Law enter the legal profession not only with a solid comprehension of the law, but also with a strong understanding of professional expectations and rules of conduct in the practice of law.

The clinical externship program places upper-division students with public agencies or non-profit law firms to provide an opportunity to study the legal process through community-based clinical placements and to apply the knowledge and skills developed in law school in a practical setting. Clinical externships allow students to perform practice-related activities, such as interviewing clients or witnesses, factual investigation, discovery, counseling and negotiating, making court appearances, and legal research and writing.

The law library is located 36 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. It occupies 27,000 square feet and holds approximately 280,000 volumes and volume equivalents. This state-of-the-art facility offers wireless Internet access, a computer lab with enhanced audio-visual capabilities, 10 study/conference rooms and a seating capacity that accommodates 300 library users.

The University of La Verne College of Law Library strives to provide the highest level of legal information service possible. Our primary purpose is to support the study, teaching, and research needs of the students, faculty, and staff of the College of Law. Our secondary purpose is to support the legal research needs of the larger University of La Verne community. The College of Law Library is the only major academic law library in the Inland Empire and serves as the largest law library in San Bernardino and Riverside counties.

Therefore, we also provide access to legal materials and information to the local legal community and members of the public from the surrounding area. As a state and federal depository library, we provide the public with convenient access to government documents.

The College of Law offers many services to assist its students. The Office of the Assistant Dean of Students serves as the principal liaison for the students with the administration, assists the students in achieving their educational goals, and administers programs concerning student life and activities at the College of Law.

School name:University of La VerneCollege of Law
Address:320 East D Street
Zip & city:CA 91764 California

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