Legal Requirements

The degree-granting authority for California Southern Law School is the Committee of Bar Examiners, and the school is not an accredited law school.  All first-year law students are required to take the First-Year Law Students' Examination given by the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California.

SUBMITTING A REGISTRATION APPLICATION WITH THE STATE BAR OF CALIFORNIA

Admission to the practice of law in the State of California is regulated by section 6060 of the Business and Professions Code of the State of California and by the Title 4, Division 1 of the Rules of the State Bar of California (Admission Rules).  All persons seeking admission to practice law in California are required to submit a Registration Application with the Committee of Bar Examiners after beginning their study of law. 

REQUIRED DISCLOSURE STATEMENT

The method of instruction at this law school for the Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree program is principally in physical classroom facilities.

Students enrolled in the J.D. degree program at this law school who successfully complete the first year of law study must pass the First-Year Law Students' Examination required by Business and Professions Code Section 6060(h) and Rule VIII of the Rules Regulating Admission to Practice Law in California as part of the requirements to qualify to take the California Bar Examination. A student who passes the First-Year Law Students' Examination (FYLSX) within three (3) administrations of the examination after first becoming eligible to take it will receive credit for all legal studies completed to the time the examination is passed. A student who does not pass the examination within three (3) administrations of the examination after first becoming eligible to take it must be promptly disqualified from the law school's J.D. program. If the dismissed student subsequently passes the examination, the student is eligible for reenrollment in this law school's J.D. degree program, but will receive credit for only one year of legal study.

Study at, or graduation from, this law school may not qualify a student to take the bar examination or to satisfy the requirements for admission to practice in jurisdictions other than California. A student intending to seek admission to practice law in a jurisdiction other than California should contact the admitting authority in that jurisdiction for information regarding the legal education requirements in that jurisdiction for admission to the practice of law.

FIRST-YEAR LAW STUDENTS' EXAMINATION

Students attending California Southern Law School are required to complete the first-year fall and spring semester courses in order to be eligible to take the First-Year Law Students' Examination (FYLSX) give by the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State of California (CBE) in June and October of each year. There is no limit on how many times a student may take this examination. Students shall not receive credit for any law study by the CBE until they have passed the examination.

An applicant who passes the FYLSX within three (3) consecutive administrations of first becoming eligible to take the examination upon completion of one year of law study, shall receive credit by the CBE for all study completed to the date of the administration of the examination passed. An applicant who does not pass the FYLSX within three consecutive administrations of first becoming eligible to take the examination but who subsequently passes the examination shall receive credit by the CBE for his or her first year of law study only.

California Southern Law School is not required by the CBE to admit into advanced courses any student who has not passed the FYLSX. California Southern Law School requires that a student who completes the first year of law student at this school have achieved an average grade of 68 or higher average in the first-year subjects of Contracts, Torts, and Criminal Law OR achieve a score of 530 (out of 800) on the June FYLSX (immediately after first becoming eligible to take the FYLSX), to be considered for enrollment in 2nd year courses while preparing for the following October and/or June FYLSX.  The decision to admit students who have not passed the June FYLSX into 2nd year is strictly at the discretion of the Administration.

FOUR YEAR COURSE OF STUDY

All students are required to attend classes for a minimum of 270 hours (18 units) a year.  In order to graduate in four years students must complete 84 semester units.  All students are expected to complete the course in four years unless permission of the Dean is obtained to extend the period.

ATTENDANCE

Attendance is a statutory requirement for admission to practice law in California.  The California Supreme Court also regulates the attendance of law students through Rule 9.30, which requires that students attend 80 percent of the sessions of the classes in which they are enrolled.  No credit can be given for courses in which the student has been absent more than 20 percent of scheduled classes.  Absences are recorded.  Excessive absences may result in probation or dismissal from the law school.