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3 Table of Contents Dean s Message & Welcome Admissions & Financial Aid Student Profiles Faculty Programs Overview S.T.E.L.L.A.R. TM Program Law Review Moot Court & Advocacy Competitions Externships Business Law Center Criminal Law Practice Center Immigration Clinic Local Attractions Student Services & Diversity Student Life Law Library Career Services Alumni Network Visit Our Campus

4 Welcome An invitation from Dean William E. Adams, Jr. As you prepare for law school and your future in the legal profession, it is important to find a learning environment where you will thrive and which offers you the opportunity to gain the knowledge, skills and contacts to help position you for a successful start in your legal career. I invite you to get personally acquainted with the Western State University College of Law community - our accomplished faculty, dedicated staff, diverse student body, and successful alumni. Learn about our strong academic curriculum, practice oriented programs, and preparation for the bar and beyond. I encourage you to experience WSU s friendly, supportive culture first hand. Visit our campus, meet our people, sit in on a class, and discuss requirements with our admission advisors. Like more than 11,000 graduates who have preceded you, you may find our law school becomes your top choice to prepare for the future you have in mind. Our highly accessible, talented professors are dedicated to teaching excellence, and to providing personalized attention in order to create a solid foundation for your success in law school and beyond. Our curriculum emphasizes strong academics as well as the skills required for the ethical, skillful, and professional practice of law. Practical lawyering skills can be further developed in programs such as the Legal Clinic, Business Law Center, Moot Court, Criminal Law Practice Center and wide range of Externships. Western State University, Orange County s oldest law school, has been a strong contributor to the legal community of Southern California for 45 years. We ve earned a solid reputation for producing accomplished graduates who serve across California and around the country as respected judges, politicians, government administrators and practicing legal professionals in the public and private sectors. From strong academic support, preparation for the bar exam and exposure to many areas of legal practice during law school, WSU support extends well beyond graduation day. Faculty and alumni mentors help graduates strategize and prepare for the rigors of taking and passing a state bar exam. Our Career Services Office offers guidance in gaining work experience to build your resume during law school and planning for your job search after graduation. Invaluable contacts with our alumni network and other practitioners during law school will help you identify and connect with opportunities in the legal community, not just in initial job placement but throughout your professional career. We look forward to meeting you. Very Truly Yours, William E. Adams, Jr., Dean 2

5 A Great Place to Start Your Legal Career What will you accomplish? Each of our 11,000+ graduates represents a success story fueled by each student s ambition, talent and commitment. Western State University provides an excellent understanding of the law, the lifelong skills necessary to succeed as a legal professional and a powerful connection to the legal community. WSU has educated many local district attorneys, public defenders, judges, commissioners and lawyers in a variety of practice, government, business and other careers. Their education has provided the support, guidance and training needed to realize their potential. We look forward to having you join our community of talented and diverse graduates. I am proud of Western State University and all that our students and graduates accomplish, from our students public service, Moot Court wins and Law Review scholarship, to our recent graduates success on the bar exam. I also marvel at the large number of alumni who serve as judges, elected officials and leaders of various bar associations. This is a law school where faculty and staff consistently go the extra mile to give students what they need to succeed. There is a strong sense of community and our students receive personalized attention from professors and helpful service from our support departments. Our graduates can look forward to more opportunities than ever. It is a great time to be at Western State University College of Law. Dean William E. Adams 3

6 Admissions & Financial Aid The Western State University Admission Department. Personalized attention to help you get started. Each applicant to Western State University is assigned to one of our Admission Advisors, who are available to answer questions and assist in the application process. An interview with the advisor in person, by phone or is highly encouraged, to discuss in detail the student s background, expectations, needs, values and to assess whether WSU College of Law is the right school for you. Application Requirements and Documents Application; $60 application fee Applicants must take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and register with the LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS); for more information regarding LSAT test dates and registration, visit Must have completed a Bachelor s degree from an accredited institution prior to matriculation at the law school; no particular undergraduate major is required LSAT score(s) in the case of multiple scores, Western State University generally considers the highest score Transcripts from all colleges attended must be submitted to the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) Personal statement (2-3 pages) 2 letters of recommendation at least 1 academic (previous professor) preferred Resume optional but recommended Part Time Students Admission requirements are the same for the part time or the full time program. Admitted students may move from the part time to the full time program, or vice versa prior to registration. International Students Contact the Admission Office for information regarding student visas and foreign credential evaluation. Transcripts All applicants should register for the LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS) in order for us to access undergraduate and/or prior graduate degree transcripts. For more information about the CAS, please call or visit Personal Statement Although academic history and the LSAT score are very important in the application review process, the personal statement is a vital factor as well. The personal statement should be no more than three pages, typed and double-spaced. You should focus on your accomplishments, skills, experiences and motivation that indicate potential for success in law school. Include any information such as extracurricular activities, career plans, leadership ability or anything else that will help the Admission Committee gain a clear and accurate picture of you as an individual. Letters of Recommendation We prefer that letters of recommendation be sent through the LSAC Letter of Recommendation Service. LSAC forwards letters of recommendation to WSU once a week. Please do not send duplicate letters directly to us. If necessary, letters of recommendation may also be sent directly to WSU from the recommender. 4

7 Review for Admissions Once the applicant s file is complete, the Faculty Admission Committee makes each admission decision based on its estimation of the applicant s potential for academic success, upon a full and careful review of all information provided at the time of review. The members of the Committee consider the required elements including the LSAT score(s), undergraduate record, personal statement and letters of recommendation, as well as optional items such as a current resume or other addenda. No single item in an applicant s file defines the outcome of an admission decision. Please allow 4-5 weeks for a decision to be rendered once your file is complete. Rolling Admissions WSU continues to review applications on a rolling basis until the class is full. Those who apply on or before the priority deadline will receive first consideration for scholarship awards. Admission to the law school becomes more competitive after the priority deadline has passed. Application Deadlines Priority deadline to apply for Fall: April 1 Final day to start an application with LSAC: July 1 Earn a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree - Full-time or Part-time Western State University offers the flexibility of full-time day, part-time day and part-time evening programs. The full-time program requires three years to complete, while the part-time program takes four years, including summers. The admission policies and standards in effect in any given semester apply to full-time and part-time applicants equally. Our Student Finance Office is devoted to helping you finance your law school education successfully. Financing Options Available At Western State University, we administer a variety of financial aid programs designed to enable you to pursue your legal education. Institutional scholarships, private scholarships, federal and credit-based private loan programs and Federal Work-Study programs may all be part of a student s financial aid strategy. Most law students use one or more sources of financial aid to meet their educational expenses. In addition, students should expect to provide part of their own support from resources such as savings, help from parents, spouse or other family members, and employment. The part-time program at WSU provides an opportunity to study law with a lighter course of study over a four-year period. Students may be employed full-time and many are able to earn enough to cover living expenses and borrow funds for tuition, fees, and books only. Financial Aid Counseling Available To assure that you understand all of the resources that may be available to you, Western State University encourages students and applicants to meet with student finance staff to discuss individual needs as soon as possible. They will assist you in avoiding unnecessary delays and funding limitations by familiarizing you with all the necessary forms and deadlines. Only U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens may receive institutional scholarships, federal loans, and federal work study funds. Other restrictions may also apply. Scholarships WSU offers generous merit-based institutional scholarships for new and continuing students which may range from 10% up to 100% of tuition based on past academic achievement. All admitted students are automatically reviewed for scholarship consideration; no special application is required. It is a distinct advantage to apply early, as available scholarship funds may be limited later in the enrollment cycle. Scholarships are annual awards payable half in the fall semester and half in the spring semester. Scholarships may be retained from year to year subject to good standing and maintaining law school gpa requirements. A limited number of Diversity Scholarships are available to selected entering students who meet admission requirements and demonstrate through work, academic history, community service or extracurricular activities that they will contribute to the diversity of the class. 5

8 Student Profiles 6

9 Kristal Bradford Class of 2012 B.A., Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles WSU Dean s Fellow, Moot Court Honors Team-Vice President, VP of the Black Law Student Association, 3L Representative for the WSU Student Bar Association, Member of the Women s Law Association and Criminal Law Association. Won first place for brief and third overall in Traynor Moot Court Competition. Interned at the District Attorney s Office and worked at a private family law firm. Attending WSU has afforded me opportunities, such as networking and scholarships, which have positively influenced my academic experience. WSU s small campus allows students to build positive relationships with their professors and peers that not only impacts their educational experience but also helps build fulfilling legal careers. Darren Gottlieb Class of 2013 B.A., Philosophy/Law and Society, University of California, Riverside WSU Student Bar Association Secretary, Federalist Society President. Worked as a law clerk for the Los Angeles District Attorney s Office and attended the Federalist Society s Student Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. My favorite part about WSU is the friends that I have made and how willing everyone is to help each other succeed. WSU has also developed a reputation for preparing its students for the competitive work environment, which has helped me tremendously throughout my internship experience. Michael Libutti Class of 2012 B.A., Political Science, University of California, San Diego Worked for the Riverside District Attorney s Office. Currently works for a prominent plaintiffs firm. With the strong emphasis on taking bar tested courses, and the stringent academic requirements that eliminate complacency, I am comfortable that WSU is the right place to achieve my ultimate goal: passing the bar. Peggy No Class of 2013 B.S., Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles 2L Representative for the Student Bar Association and Co-Founder and Vice President of the Public Interest Law Foundation and Co-Vice President of the Asian Pacific Law Student Association. Interned at the Los Angeles District Attorney s Office in Compton Hardcore Gang Division. WSU has given me the opportunity to meet great friends and professors who have challenged me to reach my maximum potential as a lawyer. Matthew Plaxton Class of 2012 B.S., Business Administration, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona Editor-in-Chief of Law Review, President of WSU Honors Moot Court. Interned at Orange County s Public Defenders Office and worked as a Judicial Extern at the California Court of Appeals: 4th District, Division 3. WSU has provided me with the tools to succeed, not only in the practice of law, but in the practice of life. Marie Quitasol Class of 2013 B.A., Psychology, University of California, Berkeley Current WSU Student Bar Association Treasurer. Member of Dean s Circle, Business Law Association and Entertainment & Sports Law Society. Worked at the Department of Labor as an Investigator and had a Summer Honors Fellowship Internship at a labor and employment firm. WSU thrives on collaboration rather than competition among students, which was essential in maintaining my sanity during the chaos of 1L year. David Rubalcava Class of 2012 B.S., Business Management, Brigham Young University WSU Student Bar Association President. Worked for a solo practitioner who focused on family law and as a Law Clerk in the business immigration department at one of the largest law firms in the country. The students at WSU are not only bright, they possess many other qualities, making WSU home to some of the most well-rounded students. 7

10 Faculty William E. Adams Jr. Dean and President A.B., J.D., Indiana University Antonette Barilla Visiting Assistant Professor; Assistant Director of S.T.E.L.L.A.R. B.A., California Polytechnic University, Pomona; J.D., Western State University College of Law Solving Legal Problems, Exit Year Program, International Business Transactions, Introduction to Legal Methods, Introduction to Treaties Stephen Chavez Assistant Professor of Lawyering Skills; Director, Civil & Judicial Externships J.D., Western State University College of Law, valedictorian, summa cum laude Externship Seminar, Legal Writing & Research, I and II Neil T. Gotanda Professor B.S., Stanford University; J.D., University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall); LL.M., Harvard University Constitutional Law, Equal Protection and Due Process, First Amendment, Asian American Jurisprudence Lisa M. Blasser Assistant Professor of Lawyering Skills; Assistant Director, S.T.E.L.L.A.R. B.S., California State University, San Diego; J.D., Western State University College of Law Introduction to Legal Methods Donald Daucher Associate Professor of Law B.S., University of Rochester; J.D., Duke University Civil Procedure, Evidence David Groschoff Assistant Professor; Director, Business Law Center B.A. with Honors Indiana University; Ed.M., Harvard Graduate School of Education; J.D., The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law; M.B.A., Northern Kentucky University Business Associations I & II, Business Law Ethics Todd Brower Professor A.B., cum laude, Princeton University; J.D., Stanford University; LL.M., Yale University Constitutional Law, Employment Discrimination, Property Marianne Dellinger Assistant Professor of Law B.A., The Aarhus School of Business, Denmark; M.A. (LSP), The Aarhus School of Business; J.D. (Coif), The University of Oregon School of Law Contracts I & II Cheyanna Jaffke Professor B.S., summa cum laude, University of Idaho; J.D., University of Idaho; LL.M., University of Washington Estate and Gift Taxation, Corporations, Community Property, Taxation of Business Entities, Federal Income Tax, American Indian Law, Wills and Trusts Matthew Cavanaugh Assistant Professor; Director of Competitions B.A., University of Pennsylvania; M.B.A., University of Chicago; J.D., University of Southern California Business Associations Chad Deveaux Assistant Professor B.A., cum laude, Bowling Green State University; J.D., summa cum laude, University of Notre Dame; LL.M., Harvard University Contracts Elizabeth Jones Assistant Professor of Lawyering Skills; Assistant Director of Legal Writing & Research B.A., University of California, Los Angeles; J.D., University of Miami School of Law Criminal Justice Ethics, Juvenile Law, Legal Methods, Legal Writing & Research 8

11 Susan Keller Professor of Law; Associate Dean for Academic Affairs A.B., Harvard/Radcliffe Colleges; J.D., Harvard University; M.F.A., University of California, Irvine Property, Torts, Women and the Law, Employment Discrimination Law Robert Molko Assistant Professor of Law; Director, Criminal Law Externships B.S.E.E., City College of New York; M.S.E.E., New York University; J.D., Southwestern University Trial Practice, Evidence Practice, Criminal Law Charles Sheppard Professor of Law; Dean of Students B.A., California State University, Dominguez Hills; J.D., Loyola University Property, Trusts, Secured Land Transactions, Real Estate Transactions Jennifer Koh Assistant Professor of Law; Director, Immigration Clinic B.A., Yale University; J.D., Columbia Law School Immigration Law Patricia O Connor Associate Professor; Director, Law Library B.A., University of Oklahoma; M.L.S., University of Oklahoma; J.D., University of Texas School of Law Intellectual Property Stacey Sobel Assistant Professor; Director, Criminal Law Practice Center B.A., cum laude, State University of New York at Albany; J.D., George Washington University Law School Constitutional Law Glenn Koppel Professor B.A., City College of New York; J.D., Harvard University Civil Procedure, Evidence, Evidence Practice Eunice Park Assistant Professor of Lawyering Skills A.B., Smith College; J.D., University of Michigan Legal Writing & Research, I and II Edith Warkentine Professor A.B., University of California, Berkeley; J.D., University of California, Davis Contracts, Commercial Law, Real Property Paula Manning Associate Professor; Director of S.T.E.L.L.A.R. B.A., University of California, Irvine; J.D., Western State University College of Law Introduction to Legal Methods & Torts Tracie R. Porter Visiting Assistant Professor B.A., Yale University; J.D., Georgetown University Law Center National Security Law, Civil Procedure I & II Ryan Williams Assistant Professor of Law B.A., Yale University; J.D., Georgetown University Law Center National Security Law, Civil Procedure I & II Philip Merkel Professor B.A., J.D., University of Illinois; M.A., University of Virginia Remedies, Torts, Legal History, Professional Skills Lori Roberts Associate Professor of Law; Director of Legal Writing & Research B.A., University of Washington; J.D., University of Miami Legal Writing & Research Kevin Mohr Professor B.A., Harpur College; M.S., University of Wisconsin; J.D., Yale University Contracts, Intellectual Property, Professional Responsibility Greg Sergienko Professor B.A., magna cum laude, Harvard University; J.D., magna cum laude, Harvard University Civil Procedure, Torts, Remedies 9

12 Special Programs and Legal Practice Opportunities Your legal career starts in law school and Western State University College of Law provides not just a strong academic foundation, but also access to a wide range of exciting opportunities in the field to build your skills, your confidence and your resume. A combination of practical experience, exposure to real world legal settings and invaluable contacts with alumni and other practitioners during law school will assist you in the transition to the job market and throughout your professional career. Programs such as the Immigration Clinic, Business Law Center, Criminal Law Practice Center, Externships, Law Review and Moot Court develop your practical lawyering skills and offer hands-on experience to enhance your professional profile. S.T.E.L.L.A.R. Program Law Review Moot Court & Advocacy Competitions Externships Business Law Center Criminal Law Practice Center Law Review Immigration Clinic 10

13 S.T.E.L.L.A.R. Academic Success Program Providing the tools to help you succeed-in law school and in the practice of law. The S.T.E.L.L.A.R. Academic Support program provides you with instruction, assistance and encouragement to help you develop the skills and strategies you need to successfully complete your first year, pass the bar exam and practice in the profession. Our full-time faculty will guide you as you develop the critical reading, briefing and analytical skills necessary for academic success, as well as the practical lawyering skills that will sustain you through the bar exam and beyond. First Year of Law School Introduction to Legal Methods, a preparatory course for 1Ls, begins prior to the start of law school and continues throughout the first semester. With individual support and feedback from full-time faculty and dedicated Dean s Fellows in our Student Learning Center, first year students get help to acquire the skills and tools to succeed in law school and in the legal profession. Preparing You for the Bar Exam Courses like Basic Bar Studies and Solving Legal Problems help students start early to acquire the skills and substantive knowledge required for success on the bar exam and in the first year of practice. Paula Manning Director, S.T.E.L.L.A.R. Lisa M. Blasser Assistant Director, S.T.E.L.L.A.R. Antonette Barilla Assistant Director, S.T.E.L.L.A.R. 11

14 Law Review Western State University Law Review is a legal journal that focuses on articles relating to California law or federal law that has a substantial impact on California. Like most law reviews, Western State s Review is distributed both in print and online (located at LexisNexis, Westlaw and HeinOnline) to practitioners and schools throughout the world. An important distinction of Western State s Law Review is its focus on issues of real concern to the California bar. It therefore draws heavily on California lawyers work and provides exceptional opportunities to build connections with the practicing bar that can lead to important work after graduation. Law Review membership is a prestigious honor and students should strive to become part of this nationally recognized organization. The law review represents a chance for our students to work with practicing lawyers and judges to shape the future of the law. Greg Sergienco, Law Review Faculty Advisor 12

15 Moot Court & Advocacy Competitions Honing your trial skills. Moot court competition Students who excel in oral presentation and meet other requirements are invited to participate in the highly successful Moot Court, Mock Trial or Negotiations competitive teams from Western State University. Members select and prepare for competitions held nationwide on a wide range of legal topics at various venues, under the guidance of faculty coaches. We are proud of our strong record of recent years; teams and individual students have won distinction at various events. Mock Trial Our Mock Trial team competes in the national mock trial competition, where each round is a time-limited presentation of a court trial. The regional competition involves almost every Southern California law school and teams from Arizona and Utah. Two finalists in the regional competition advance to the national competition against other regional winners. Matt Cavanaugh Director of Competitions Moot Court Each year, qualified students may participate in various competitions nationally; in recent years, WSU teams have excelled at venues in Entertainment Law, California Appellate Advocacy, and Business Law. Negotiation Competition The American Bar and California Bar Associations sponsor negotiation competitions between member schools in which teams of two students attempt to negotiate a resolution to a difficult legal conflict. The students are graded by a panel of judges (experienced attorneys, arbitrators, and mediators) on preparation, strategy, tactics, adaptability, credibility and oral presentation. The competitions are held at various law schools in Northern and Southern California. Western State University s Moot Court Program is currently ranked 37th in the country. Source: 13

16 Externships Real-world training provides valuable experience and builds resumes. WSU offers a variety of educational, real-world externship placements for eligible students. In addition to the time spent in their placement, student externs also meet weekly in an on-campus seminar. The externship seminar allows the students to explore their placement experiences in class to gain a deeper understanding of the functions and responsibilities of attorneys, judges and other legal personnel. The categories of available externships are: Judicial Appellate - Eligible students, if selected by a justice, are placed in either a state or federal appellate judge s chambers. These students research and draft opinions for the jurist on either a full-time (400 hrs) or part-time (150 hrs) basis. Judicial Trial - Eligible students, if selected by the court, are placed in the chambers of a trial level judge in Orange County, Los Angeles or Riverside County Court, where they assist with a variety of tasks in civil or criminal cases. Civil Practice - Students are placed part-time in law firms, state or federal agencies, corporations or other practice settings in the civil law field. Under the supervision of an attorney, these student externs research cases, write memos, interview clients, participate in court proceedings or perform other tasks relating to civil practice. Students in civil law externships may be eligible for certification for court appearances under State Bar rules. First Year Summer Honors Program - First-year students who are invited to participate in the Summer Honors Program will be assigned to part-time appellate, judicial trial or civil practice externships for the eight-week summer session. Criminal Law - Students enrolled in a Criminal Law Externship work an average of hours per week in the District Attorney, Public Defender or Alternate Defender Offices in Orange County and adjacent counties. Externship Benefits Students will earn 5 units of credit for part-time placements and 10 units for fulltime appellate placements. Most importantly, externs gain a unique awareness of practice realities and the attendant professional obligations that they will face in their future legal careers. Externships are viewed as a mark of distinction by many prospective employers. Stephen Chavez Director of Civil Externship Program 14

17 Business Law Center An exceptional place to gain the skill sets, experiences and contacts to begin and enhance a business law career. Western State University s Business Law Center (BLC) seeks to leverage its place in the vibrant California economy to provide students with meaningful opportunities to engage with the laws, policies, regulations and practices that impact a variety of businesses. Western State University s Business Law curriculum is taught by faculty who possess strong practical and theoretical backgrounds and business credentials such as MBAs, CPAs, patent lawyer registrations and LLMs. The program reflects our commitment to provide students with the opportunity to complete a broad offering of rigorous courses at the nexus of law and business; students who meet all requirements can earn a Certificate in Business Law at graduation. Our Business Law Center also brings active practitioners to campus as speakers, hosts networking opportunities for our students and works with our Externship Program to secure meaningful practical Business Law experience for our students. Upper-level students may choose from a wide variety of Business Law electives, such as Sports Law, Intellectual Property and Securities Regulation. Business Law Elective Courses Western State University also offers a broad range of electives in each area of the law to supplement a student s education. ADVANCED CORPORATE LAW - Mergers and Acquisitions - Securities Regulations ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION - Mediation BUSINESS LAW PRACTICE SKILLS - Civil Externships - Negotiations - Corporate Drafting - Patent Drafting BUSINESS LAW SPECIALTIES - Employment Law - Insurance Law - Entertainment Law - Sports Law - Environmental Law COMMERCIAL LAW - Bankruptcy - Payment Systems - Sales - Secured Personal Property Transactions INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW - Copyright Law - Internet Law - Intellectual Property Law INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS LAW - International Business Transactions - International Commercial Arbitration - International Securities Transactions REAL PROPERTY LAW - Real Property Transactions - Secured Land Transactions TAX LAW - Taxation of Business Entities As a former corporate director and officer, I was amazed at how many high-level business leaders I encountered who also possessed a business-focused J.D. Business Law impacts every aspect of our daily lives, and the skills that we provide at the BLC are essential to being a good lawyer, a civically engaged counselor, and a business leader. David Groshoff, Director of Business Law Center 15

18 Criminal Law Center Going beyond the traditional curriculum. The WSU Criminal Law Practice Center (CLPC) exposes students to the many facets of the criminal justice system and prepares them for careers in criminal law. Students with a special interest in criminal law may earn a Certificate in Criminal Law Studies while completing their J.D, by concentrating on criminal law and advocacy in their upper-division elective courses including externships with prosecutors and public defenders. Learn From Experience The CLPC s faculty is a unique mix of distinguished legal scholars and experienced practitioners. Most have considerable expertise at weaving real-world scenarios into the teaching of legal theory. The full-time faculty are academics with extensive criminal law experience. The adjunct faculty members include experienced prosecutors and public defenders, judges and appellate court research attorneys. Externships and volunteer opportunities provide real life hands-on experience where law students can truly make a difference in people s lives. Criminal Law Elective Courses Western State University offers a broad range of electives in each area of the law to supplement the foundational required courses. CONSTITUTIONAL LAW AND INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS Civil Rights Gender and the Law International Human Rights Race and Law Religion and the Law Sexual Orientation and the Law CRIMINAL LAW AND PROCEDURE Advanced Criminal Procedure Advanced Criminal Trial Practice Criminal Justice Ethics Death Penalty Domestic Violence International Criminal Law Juvenile Law Prosecutor/Defender Externship Prosecutor/Defender Seminar Trial Practice Stacey Sobel Director of Criminal Law Practice Center 16

19 Immigration Legal Clinic The Western State University Immigration Legal Clinic provides students with hands-on skills training while responding to the pressing needs of immigrants in Orange County. Students represent immigrants who cannot otherwise afford legal representation before Citizenship and Immigration Services and in Immigration Court. Each student, along with a partner, serves as the client s primary representative. Under faculty supervision, they interview the clients, investigate and gather facts, research the relevant law, draft briefs and affidavits, file applications for relief and supporting documentation and represent clients in immigration interviews and in court. As the legal job market tightens, more and more employees in all practice areas - whether in business law, immigration, criminal or family law are going to be looking for recent graduates who know how to work with clients and have practical legal skills. One of the best ways to gain these skills is by doing, and working with a real-life client. Jennifer Koh, Director of Immigration Legal Clinic 17

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22 Student Services & Diversity Devoted to your personal and professional development. Housing Although WSU does not have on-campus housing, we maintain lists of available apartments and rooms-for-rent in the local area. WSU is located in a primarily residential area, with plenty of housing options. We also have a roommate-wanted list to help students who are new to the area. For housing assistance, please call the Admissions Office at Parking There is ample parking for students in an easy-access, well-lit parking lot adjacent to the WSU campus. Permits are available for a fee from the Student Services Office at Disabled Services Program Diverse Student Body (As of Fall 2010 semester) Gender Female % Male % Ethnicity African American % Asian/Pacific Islander % Caucasian % Hispanic/Latino/Latina % Other/Declined to state % Western State University provides accommodations to qualified students with disabilities. The Disabled Services Program assists disabled students in acquiring reasonable and appropriate accommodations and in supporting their success at WSU. We are committed to providing disabled students an equal opportunity to access the benefits, rights and privileges of college services, programs and activities in compliance with The American with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of Students who believe they are in need of accommodation should contact the Student Services Office for more information. Diversity Our highly diverse student body represents a wide range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds. The varied perspectives and life experiences of our students enhance the breadth and depth of classroom discussions of legal issues. We embrace and celebrate diversity on our campus for the richness it brings to the law school experience. The Student Services Office, which includes the offices of the Registrar, Student Finance, Student Accounts, Disabled Student Services, and Career Services/Alumni Relations, is committed to serving and supporting students in areas not directly related to academic instruction. We want students to have the best possible experience at WSU. We know that our assistance is vital to students academic success and that is our highest priority. Donna Espinoza, Director of Student Services 20

23 Student Life Student Organizations Student Bar Association (SBA) Student organizations enrich the law school experience helping you develop new interests and expand your circle of friends. Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA) Business Law Association (BLA) Black Law Students Association (BLSA) Criminal Law Association (CLA) Christian Legal Society (CLS) Students at Western State University are given the opportunity to enhance their law school experience through membership in the multiple student organizations on campus. Student organizations are based upon students legal practice interests and their ethnic, religious, political or sexual identities. All current students are members of the Student Bar Association (SBA) and are eligible for membership in any of the current student organizations on campus. Extracurricular activities are a great way to connect with other students and enhance your educational experience. Student organizations provide an avenue for service and professional development as well as a welcome break from the stress of academic life. On-campus groups can help foster a strong sense of community and cooperation among students. Entertainment Sports Law Society (ESLS) Federalist Society (FS) Gay Lesbian Organization (GLO) Income Realized Society (IRS) International Law Students Association (ILSA) J. Reuben Clark Law Society Latino Student Bar Association (LSBA) Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF) Tort Law Society (TLS) Women s Law Association (WLA) Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) WSU has many exciting events and opportunities throughout the year. These activities include social events, community service, networking opportunities and workshops to sharpen your professional skills. David Rubalcava, SBA President 21

24 Law Library Mission statement The Law Library s mission is to provide patrons with the easiest access to the broadest possible array of legal information sources; support faculty in their teaching and research; and educate students in the use of legal information sources. Library services The personal interaction and service offered by the library staff makes the Western State University College of Law Library truly special among law school libraries. During most of the hours of operation, a dual law and library degree Reference Librarian is available to assist patrons in the use of library materials and resources. The resources available to our faculty and students extend beyond the Law Library s own holdings through a Consortium Agreement to resources available at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF), located across the street from the law school. COLLECTION Western State University prides itself on having a well-rounded collection that supports the needs of its students and faculty. It includes over 38,000 titles, which is approximately 200,000 volumes. To keep up with current developments in law, we subscribe to over 3,000 serials, and provide access to a number of legal databases and to the internet. The CSUF library has a collection of over one and one-half million volumes and equivalents, emphasizing business, history, education, and government, including selective federal and state documents collections. Although Reference Librarians formally teach Legal Research in a classroom setting, most interactions the librarians have with patrons at the Reference Desk provide an opportunity to further enhance the patrons legal education in the specific context of the question posed. Patricia Harris O Connor, Director of Law Library 22

25 Career Services The Career Services Office offers programs and resources to assist you in creating a fulfilling career. These include year-round employment opportunities in legal settings, on-campus and off-campus interviews, access to regional career fairs, as well as an on-going program of workshops, seminars, panel discussions and networking events, all aimed at enhancing your transition into the legal profession. The Office staff provides ongoing personal career counseling and guidance throughout your tenure at Western State University, and whenever you need it as a graduate. Students today are focused upon their ultimate goal of a career in law. Our Career Services Office provides personal career coaching to help students navigate their way to a rewarding and meaningful career. Public Service Western State University is committed to the ideal of a public service ethic among those who administer our justice system, and endeavors to instill that ideal in its students. Toward that goal, the school has created a voluntary public service program which conducts public service-related events and seminars and provides opportunities for students to use their developing legal skills to assist the poor, the underserved and the community at large in public service work settings. Alumni Resources Western State University has over 11,000 alumni, many of whom are active in private practice in Southern California. They also work in leadership positions for state and local governments, as well as serving as prosecutors, public defenders and county and city attorneys. The Office of Alumni Relations supports the involvement of alumni in the life of the College of Law. Graduates serve as mentors to students and speakers at student events and law school seminars. The Office also administers free continuing education programs for alumni and coordinates alumni donations towards student scholarships. In addition to focusing on academic success, law students should also take advantage of networking opportunities with law school alumni and other legal professionals. These experienced mentors can provide valuable advice on internship and career opportunities. WSU s Office of Career Services prides itself on providing numerous on-campus and off-campus networking opportunities to help students refine the networking skills that will be invaluable in their future legal careers. Ana L. Bidoglio, Director of Career Services and Alumni Relations 23

26 Alumni Network Western State s outstanding alumni network benefits our students in many ways. They mentor, hire and support WSU students throughout law school and after graduation. Alumni offer students opportunities for real world experience as law clerks, interns and externs. They help students and recent graduates find their legal niche, make professional contacts, build their resumés and find employment. The alumni network provides all graduates with a lifelong forum for career development, sharing professional expertise and continuing legal education. Judges' Night

27 Neil Pedersen Principal, Pedersen Law and Dispute Resolution Corporation WSU Class of 1988 As a mentor in the externship program, I m able to give students an intimate view of what it is like to practice law, from court appearances, to client meetings, to internal conferences regarding present and prospective cases. As an employer of law clerks, I give my students great responsibility over important aspects of cases, but supervise them enough to prevent them from floundering. I have found some very fine people whom I have eventually hired as attorneys after they passed the bar by working with them in this way. Frank Darras Principal, Darras Law WSU Class of 1986 Member, WSU Board of Trustees I cannot overestimate the value of my Western State University education for my family and me. I have hosted receptions for prospective entrants and showed them how WSU changed my life; I have offered and continue to offer clerking opportunities to WSU students. I have hired several smart, capable WSU graduates to work as attorneys at my firm. Vincent Howard Attorney at Law, Howard Nassiri, PC WSU Class of 2003 My WSU Education fully prepared me for the practice of law. The professors covered not only what I needed to pass the bar, but also the practical aspects of practicing law as well. Suffice it to say, I use what I learned at WSU everyday when running my own practice. Dominique N. Thieu, Esquire Attorney at Law, Thieu Virtual Law Group WSU Class of 2003 WSU s curriculum and programs prepared me to bridge the gap between being a simple-minded student in law school and the realities of practicing law as an attorney. The education at WSU was invaluable, and the support of the staff and alumni is incomparable to other professional networks. Recent Graduates Leila Stevens Clerking for a boutique Beverly Hills law firm that specializes in corporate formation, compliance, transactions, and intellectual property while awaiting her bar results WSU Class of 2011 I am extremely grateful for the education I received while attending WSU. As a recent graduate, I have found myself very appreciative of the WSU curriculum, required course load and most importantly, the faculty support. Combined, these aspects gave me confidence in taking the bar examination and have helped me immensely in transitioning into the workforce. Christine Saban Associate Attorney, Children s Advocacy Group WSU Class of 2009 The curriculum at Western State University provided me with a solid foundation for the practice of law, balancing academic study with practical training. Upon graduation, I was able to make a natural transition into the courtroom with invaluable confidence and experience. 25

28 Visit Our Sunny Southern California Campus Located in central Orange County just south of Los Angeles and 100 miles north of San Diego, WSU is ideally situated in the suburban college town of Fullerton, less than 30 miles from Los Angeles thriving legal community, cultural attractions, shopping, entertainment and Southern California s famous beaches. The area offers 42 miles of beautiful sandy, Pacific Ocean coastline including Laguna Beach, Huntington Beach and Newport Beach. Huntington Beach is internationally known as Surf City, USA. Wilderness and mountain parks are minutes away for camping, hiking and biking. All of this comes with one of the most desirable climates in the world, with zero days a year under 32 degrees and more than 250 sunny days a year. Orange County also boasts famous attractions like Disneyland and Knott s Berry Farm and world-renowned cultural events like the annual Laguna Beach Festival of Arts/Pageant of the Masters. The region also boasts an array of arts venues and museums such as the worldrenowned J. Paul Getty Museum. Treat yourself to Broadway-quality entertainment at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, the Hollywood Bowl or to a wide array of concerts and theatrical productions in the Greater Los Angeles Area. Check out one of Los Angeles professional sports teams, including the Dodgers, Angels of Anaheim, Kings, Clippers, and the 2010 NBA-championship-winning Lakers or choose from a number of great college teams like those at UCLA and USC. It s no wonder that over 3 million people call Orange County home and more than 35 million visit each year. We encourage you to contact our Admissions Office at 800.WSU.4LAW ( ) or or us at to schedule a personal interview and campus tour. Fullerton Highlights Suburban, residential setting with plenty of student housing options. Vibrant downtown area with a wide variety of unique shops and restaurants. One hundred year old community with a rich heritage. Home to 5 colleges and universities. 26

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31 DidYou Know? WSU is celebrating 45 successful years as the oldest law school in Orange County. We are proud to have 11,000+ alumni and a strong presence in the private and public legal sectors in California and the West. Our graduates sit on the benches of more than 150 courts. We are among the most represented schools in the courts of one of the most diverse, economically vibrant regions in the nation. Western State University posted an 83% First-Time Bar Pass Rate in July 2010, exceeding CA statewide ABA average. First year honors students at WSU are eligible for continuing scholarships, judicial clerkships and study abroad stipends. In 2010 over 10% of students participated in some type of internship, externship or study abroad program over the summer.

32 Western State University College of Law 1111 North State College Boulevard Fullerton, CA wsulaw.edu Check us out on Facebook! Celebrating 45 Years See wsuprograms.info for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, federal salary data, alumni success, and other important info. Western State University is fully approved by the American Bar Association. For information, contact the American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, 321 North Clark St., Chicago IL or call Western State University is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) 985 Atlantic Ave., Suite 100, Alameda, CA or call Western State University College of Law 2011 WSU /11

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