|About Whittier Law School
Policies and Resources
Whittier Law School was founded in 1966 as Beverly College School of Law to provide an intensive legal education program, especially for women and older students. In 1975, Beverly College joined Whittier College, a nationally recognized liberal arts college, forming Whittier College School of Law. The American Bar Association awarded full accreditation in 1985, followed by admittance to the Association of American Law Schools in 1987.
In 1997, Whittier Law School moved to Costa Mesa and on April 24, 1998, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy formally dedicated the campus. Today, the Law School is proud of its 5,000 graduates in 48 states and 14 foreign countries, its extensive international outreach and experiential learning opportunities as well as its distinguished Centers for Children’s Rights, Intellectual Property Law, International and Comparative Law, Concentrations in Criminal Law, Business Law and Environmental Law.
Whittier Law School is accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA), the Western Association of Schools (WASC) and Colleges and is a member of the American Association of Law Schools (AALS).
Whittier Law School was the first ABA accredited law school in Orange County. The American Bar Association granted provisional accreditation in 1978, and full accreditation in 1985.
For further information regarding American Bar Association approval, please contact:
Office of the Consultant on Legal Education
Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
American Bar Association
321 N. Clark Street, 21st Floor
Chicago, IL 60654
Whittier College was first accredited in 1949, and Whittier Law School has been included in that accreditation process since joining Whittier College in 1975.
Whittier Law School became a member of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) in 1987.
The Statement of Accreditation Status can be seen here.
Whittier Law School, 3333 Harbor Boulevard, Costa Mesa, CA 92626, is conveniently located on 14 spacious acres in Orange County California, just two blocks off the Harbor Boulevard exit of the 405 freeway. The law school two miles from South Coast Plaza and five miles from Newport Beach. Our facility is comprised of four main buildings with a large outdoor quad in between.
Building 1 houses many of our administrative offices that include the Dean’s Suite with offices for the Dean and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs; and offices for Student and Alumni Relations, Communications, Bar Preparation and Academic Support departments. Building 2 houses faculty offices, the Admissions Office, the Registrar, Business Office, and Career Development. Buildings 3 holds classrooms, offices for our three clinics, a student lounge, student study area, student organization meeting rooms, and the cafeteria. Building four contains the Kiesel Advocacy Center, our new courtroom, a bookstore, and our public law library, which is the largest law library in Orange County in terms of volumes and square footage.
For a complete handbook of 2012-2013 Whittier Law School Policies please click here.
|Class of 2012||Class of 2013||Class of 2014||Class of 2015|
|Of the students that were admitted and enrolled:|
|Class of 2012||Class of 2013||Class of 2014||Class of 2015|
|Students of color*||110||134||138||109|
|75th percentile LSAT||153||154||154||153|
|25th percentile LSAT||149||150||149||148|
|75th percentile GPA||3.35||3.28||3.21||3.22|
|25th percentile GPA||2.83||2.75||2.66||2.70|
*Students of color – represents all non-white/Caucasian students. This statistic EXCLUDES any students that decline to state their ethnicity. This statistic INCLUDES any students that specified more than one ethnicity/race where at least one ethnicity/race was non-white/Caucasian.
*Age – based on 09/01 of the entering year.
|Full Time Students||Part Time Students|
|American Indian or Alaska Native||6||0|
|Black or African American||15||8|
|Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander||0||0|
|Race and Ethnicity Unknown||22||8|
|Class Year||Involuntary Attrition||Voluntary Attrition|
|2010-2011||75 students||30 students|
|2011-2012||57 students||47 students|
As of the Fall 2012 semester, Whittier Law School employs the following:
Class of 2012
Degrees granted: 170 Juris Doctor Degrees and 5 LL.M. Degrees
Class of 2011
Degrees granted: 123 Juris Doctor Degrees and 5 LL.M. Degrees
Note: Graduation rates do not reflect adjustments in full-time/part-time status after students matriculated.
Whittier Law School has a longstanding tradition of administering a financial assistance program to help students pay for their legal education. The Law School adheres to a “need-blind” admissions policy, admitting the best students regardless of family financial strength. Each year, the Office of Financial Aid delivers financial assistance to more than 80 percent of the student body with numerous resources such as scholarships, fellowships, work-study, and student loans. In addition to managing the delivery of all types of financial aid funds, we offer law students financial services in the form of loan counseling, advice on maintaining financial aid eligibility and specialty information workshops. Prospective and current students with any questions or financial aid counseling needs should contact the Office of Financial Aid for assistance.
Visit the Financial Aid page for more information on application procedures, tuition and aid, scholarship programs, fellowships and grants, federal work study program, loan programs, and external awards.
Whittier Law, like many other law schools, uses a standard single budget for the cost of attendance which applies to all students. For the purpose of aid verification, the cost of attendance is normally based on a nine-month period for fall and spring semesters.
Please review the Financial Aid Tuition and Aid page for more information regarding living expenses and books and resources.
For detailed information regarding the tuition refund policy including a schedule, please visit the Business Office refund policy.
|Students Matriculating in||# Entering with Conditional Scholarships||# Whose Conditional Scholarships Have Since Been Reduced Or Eliminated|
For detailed information regarding our course offerings, please review the Course Catalog.
Whittier Law School has an innovative curriculum designed to prepare students for the practice of law at the highest levels of the profession. The first-year JD curriculum teaches students areas of legal doctrine traditionally taught in the first year, but in an innovative way that focuses on teaching methods of legal analysis and skills that all lawyers use.
For detailed requirements for the JD Curriculum please review Degree Requirements
For more information, view a full listing of our Centers and Programs
Whittier Law School does not permit its students to study at foreign law schools, with the exception of courses offered by an ABA-approved law school through its study-abroad program including Whittier Law School’s five study abroad programs in China, Spain, France, Israel and Mexico.
Whittier Law School’s policy and practice is to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and state and local requirements regarding students and applicants with disabilities. Under these laws, no qualified individual with a disability shall be denied access to, or participation in, services, programs and activities of the Law School.
It is the policy of the Law School that otherwise qualified students who have disabilities shall be given reasonable accommodations, including academic adjustment and auxiliary aids, where appropriate, necessary to ensure access to the school’s overall educational program. Individual students receive reasonable and necessary accommodations, including adjustments and aids, based on specific information and assessment data documented by a qualified professional.
For a full written policy about student with disabilities please visit the ADA Policy Manual
Whittier Law School fully abides by The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) which affords students certain rights with respect to their education records.
For full statement of FERPA and Whittier Law School policies please visit the Registrar’s site on FERPA Yearly Notification.
Whittier’s Law Library is open more than 100 hours per week. The Library provides professional services for day and evening students.
The Library contains in excess of 350,000 volumes to aid students with instruction and research, and serves as a California state and federal depository. The collection includes materials in print, on laser disc, and on microform. Printers are available for the microform materials. Low-cost photocopiers are located in two alcoves in the library. for more information visit the Law Library website
Whittier College admits students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin with all the rights, privileges, and activities generally accorded to or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, marital status, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, creed or religion in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, or athletic and other school‐administered programs. Whittier College does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission or access to its programs.
The law school is committed to maintaining a safe working environment for all faculty, staff, students, alumni and visitors.
Whittier Law School welcomes transfer students into our community. Applicants who have previously attended another ABA-accredited law school are eligible to apply for admission to Whittier Law School if:
Transfer Application Procedure
Transfer applicants should follow the same application procedure as for regular admission. In addition, transfer applicants seeking admission should submit the following to the Office of Admissions:
Assessment Criteria for Transfer Credit
The Office of Student Affairs will assess possible transfer credit based upon a review of the official transcript submitted to the Office of Admissions by the ABA-accredited law school from which you seek to transfer. Additional information, such as applicable course descriptions from the your current law school, may be requested.
A maximum of 30 hours of course credit from another ABA law school may be transferable to Whittier Law School. Transfer credit will not be granted for any units/courses in which the you received less than a “C” or equivalent grade, based upon the grading scale of the law school from which you seek to transfer. The Whittier Law School transcript will reflect the student’s transfer credits only as units. A transfer student’s cumulative grade point average at Whittier Law School will not include the grade point average you earned at a prior school. Only the grades earned at Whittier Law School will count toward the cumulative grade point average at Whittier Law School. Moreover, once you transfer to Whittier Law School, only the Whittier Law School cumulative grade point average will determine the student’s academic status and good standing. Once admitted, in order for a transfer student to qualify for good academic standing at Whittier Law School, you must achieve a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of at least a 2.5 at the end of the first semester at Whittier Law School.
If you have questions concerning your transfer status, please contact the Office of Admissions. Admission decisions are made in late July or early August. Transfer students assume the risk of losing credits if, in the opinion of the Law School, the course(s) are incompatible with Whittier’s required curriculum. Whittier Law School reserves the right to refuse any part of, or all, transfer credits for advanced standing. The amount of credit an accepted applicant will receive at Whittier for completed first-year work will not exceed 30 semester units (48 quarter units).
For detailed information regarding transfer students and transfer credits, please review the Transfer Students page.
|Month/Year||CA 1st Time Rate||Out of State 1st Time Rate|