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California Law School Curriculum


Published on Apply Today! The Santa Barbara and Ventura Colleges of Law, a nonprofit law school accredited by the Committee of Bar Examiners of The State Bar of California, prepares students for the practice of law through a program that deftly combines quality, convenience, affordability, and real-world practicality.

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California Law School Curriculum

  1. 1. www.CollegesofLaw.eduCurriculumOur students benefit from a curriculum that emphasizes the essential components of ahigh-quality legal education—one that interweaves fundamental legal principles with thepractical skills needed for effective client representation. Coursework is carefullyplanned, offering students both required core courses and a wide range of electivecourses.Required courses emphasize traditional core subjects—including all subjects tested on theCalifornia Bar Examination—and skills essential to the effective practice of law, such aslegal research and writing. During summer sessions, students may choose from a widerange of elective courses focused primarily on areas of legal practice.Class sessions emphasize "case studies" that bring law to life. Students prepare for classby reading, analyzing, and preparing briefs—summaries of opinions that have beenpreviously issued by the courts. In-class discussions of these briefs assist students inunderstanding the legal principles behind decisions, while further exploration ofhypothetical variations in the facts helps them develop analytical techniques for resolvinglegal problems.In addition to completing coursework, each student also receives hands-on legalexperience through a required 65-hour pro bono internship under the supervision of apracticing attorney or judge. Apply at