California Southern Law School is no longer enrolling new first year students.  After 45 years of being family owned, members of the administration are planning for retirement.   Our last graduating class will be the class of 2020.  Students applying for advanced standing in 2017 should contact the school for an application. 

 

ADVANCED STUDENT (TRANSFER) APPLICANTS

Admission to Advanced Standing

Applicants who have completed law studies at other law schools may apply for advanced standing in the fall, spring, and summer and are subject to the rules of the State Bar. The awarding of transfer credit is subject to the following limitations:

(A) No credit may be granted unless the applicant has passed the First-Year Law Students’ Examination or became exempt while attending an accredited law school. To be exempt from the examination, the student must have successfully completed the first year at the accredited law school and have been advanced to the second year by the same law school.

(B) Credit should ordinarily be granted for whole courses completed not more than twenty-seven (27) months prior to the date the applicant begins study at the admitting law school. This time limitation does not apply to students who have passed the First-Year Law Students’ Examination. In some instances, such as illness, personal tragedy or military service, it may be appropriate to permit credit for studies completed more than twenty-seven (27) months prior to admission.

Applicants previously disqualified for academic reasons may be granted admission when there is an affirmative showing by the applicant that he or she possesses the requisite ability for the study of law. Such a showing may be made:

(A) At any time, if the applicant presents credible evidence that the prior disqualification was not caused by the applicant's lack of capacity for the study of law, but resulted from a traumatic event or serious hardship that prohibited the applicant from performing at her or his normal level; or

(B) After at least two (2) years have elapsed since the disqualification, if the applicant demonstrates that work, study, or other experience during the interim has resulted in a stronger potential for law study than the applicant exhibited at the time he or she was previously disqualified for academic reasons.

Decisions made regarding admission are made on a case by case basis. Factors considered include previous grades earned, and how the student might fit into the program at CSLS while meeting the requirements of the State Bar. CSLS reserves the right to refuse any credit for advanced standing.  The law school has no articulation agreements with any other law schools.

Starting First-Year Law Studies Over

Law students who attended any law school may restart their legal studies as a first-year law student at the same or another school. No credit for prior law study completed will be recognized by the Committee of Bar Examiners in determining the completion of a year of law study, determining qualification for or exemption from the First-Year Law Students' Examination, or eligibility to take the California Bar Examination.

Law student who seek to restart their legal studies as first-year law students must certify, on a form approved the Office of Admissions of the Committee of Bar Examiners that they understand that no credit will be awarded for their prior law study for purposes of determining the completion of a year of law study, determining qualification for or exemption from the First-Year Law Students' Examination, or eligibility to take the California Bar Examination.

The law school is not required the Committee of Bar Examiners to allow a student to completely restart his or her law studies pursuant to the do-over policy.