THE FUTURE OF CALIFORNIA SOUTHERN LAW SCHOOL
In light of the retirement plans of members of the administration, the stockholders of Citrus Belt Law School Inc. DBA California Southern Law School have decided that the Fall 2016 semester will be the last one in which we enroll first year students. After August 29, 2016 no more new first year students will be admitted. The school will continue operations until the last class graduates in 2020, but not beyond that date.
Students enrolling in the 2016-17 school year will be able to complete their legal education at California Southern Law School by May 2020, but they must pass the June 2017 First-Year Law Students' Examination ("Baby Bar") to qualify to continue as 2nd, 3rd and 4th year students in the 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20 school years.
Those 2016-17 first year students who do not pass the June 2017 Baby Bar may still complete their education. Our ‘three chance’ policy provides that students who come within 30 points of passing the Baby Bar may be invited to enroll in second year classes. Any of these students who then pass the Baby Bar in their second or third opportunities—October 2017 or June 2018 --- may keep their second year course credits and advance to third year.
Because of the unusual nature of these final years circumstances, we will lower the qualifying score on the Baby Bar to within 50 points of passing to be considered for second year enrollment. But students need to realize the further they are from the passing score the less likely they are to pass in successive attempts.
Those students in the 2016-17 first year law classes who do not pass the June 2017 Baby Bar and are not eligible to be invited into second year classes will find their legal education opportunities here at an end.
Again, we need to emphasize, the school will not cease operations until the Class of 2020 has graduated.
2016-17 - 1st thru 4th year students will be enrolled, but it will be the last year we will have 1st year students
2017-18 - 2nd thru 4th year students will be enrolled
2018-19 - 3rd and 4th year students will be enrolled
2019-2020 - 4th year students will be enrolled