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Whittier College (Whittier Law School)

Whittier Law School, founded in 1966 in Los Angeles as the non-profit stand-alone institution originally known as Beverly Law School, is, for the fifth consecutive year, ranked as one of the most diverse law schools in the nation.

The Law School has nationally recognized centers in Children’s Rights, Intellectual Property Law, and International & Comparative Law, which host fellows, offer externships, and sponsor symposia and workshops. The Law School also has strengths in business law, criminal law, health law, public interest law, and trial and appellate practice as additional options for students wishing to focus their education.

Whittier Law School’s small faculty/student ratio provides opportunities for close interaction with distinguished professors, many of whom are recognized both nationally and internationally as experts in their fields. Complementing classroom instruction, the Law School offers an extensive externship program and a large menu of clinical legal education offerings. Whittier Law School’s clinics serve the public in the following areas: children’s rights, special education, family violence, health care access, and legal policy.

Our 15-acre campus is beautiful on the outside and high-tech on the inside. Ducks play in the fountain pools, and law students lounge, socialize and study in the tranquil Quad.

The buildings incorporate educational technology and multimedia classrooms with Internet connections. Advanced technology and traditional academia blend to provide enriching and stimulating legal education.

Much of your law career will be spent in reading and researching legal matters. Whittier Law School provides a comprehensive, state-of-the art library for its students, faculty, and the legal community.

Our 45,000-square-foot Law Library is open more than 100 hours per week and contains in excess of 350,000 volumes to aid students with instruction and research, and serves as a California state and federal depository. The Library provides professional services for day and evening students. It is the largest law library between Los Angeles and San Diego.

Whittier Law School offers a wealth of resources for you to pursue a career in a variety of legal areas including Business Law, Criminal Law, Public Interest Law, Trial and Appellate Law, the burgeoning fields of Intellectual Property Law, International Law, or Children's Rights.

Through our programs, you will gain hands on work experience in a multitude of environments.

The Law School's externship program provides practical experience in a variety of practice settings, including public interest law firms, the court systems, and public agencies.

The Law School's Public Interest Law Program prepares the student who wants to pursue a public interest practice, offering more than two-dozen courses, many clinic and externship opportunities, and a post-graduate Loan Repayment Assistance Program to support such efforts.

The Law School also offers Concentrations in Business Law and Criminal Law, where upon graduation a notation is awarded on the student's diploma and transcript indicating completion of the requirements for the Concentration.

Whittier Law offers many courses in Trial and Appellate Law and our clinic and externship opportunities prepare students for court and dispute resolution. In addition, the Law School hosts Moot Court Competitions overseen by the Moot Court Honors Board, which advance a student's skill in brief-writing and oral advocacy before appellate courts.

The Center for Children's Rights (CCR) provides fellowships and externships, as well as hosts a variety of clinics, the National Juvenile Law Moot Court Competition, symposia, and the Whittier Journal of Child and Family Advocacy, one of the few journals devoted to child and family advocacy.

Our Center for Intellectual Property Law (CIPL) and Center for International and Comparative Law (CICL) present an array of offerings through their Certificate Programs, Distinguished Speaker Series, Symposiums, and Summer Institute. The Centers expand their services by creating career opportunities through Fellowships and externships.

In addition to our Centers, the Law School offers opportunities to study abroad in five countries across the globe. Adding to the international flavor, exchange programs with France and Spain present experiences for Whittier students to participate in foreign legal education institutions. The LL.M. Degree in U.S. Legal Studies for Foreign Lawyers provides global perspectives to our student population on campus.

The Law School also helps you succeed in Law School, prepares you for the Bar, and trains you to think and write as lawyer with our The Institute for Student and Graduate Academic Support and The Institute for Legal Writing and Professional Skills.

The Full-Time program takes three-years to complete. Classes are scheduled Monday through Friday, with an occasional advanced-elective course offered on Saturday. The classes vary in length from one to three hours. A Full-Time student is required to take between 12 and 15 units per semester. Students should anticipate studying three hours for every hour of class. Full-Time students are admitted in the fall and spring semesters.

School name:Whittier CollegeWhittier Law School
Address:3333 Harbor Boulevard
Zip & city:CA 92626 California

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