|About Whittier Law School
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 and Families, 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:
Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the American Bar Association, 321 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654-7598, 312.988.6738
Whittier College was first accredited in 1949, and Whittier Law School has been included in that accreditation process since joining Whittier College in 1975.
The Statement of Accreditation Status can be seen here.
Whittier Law School became a member of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) in 1987.
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 is two miles from South Coast Plaza and five miles from Newport Beach. Our facility is comprised of three main buildings with a large outdoor quad in between.
Most of the Law School’s indoor space is located in Buildings 3 and 4, which are connected to each other. Building 3 holds classrooms, the Bar Preparation and Academic Support Department, offices for our clinics, a student lounge, student study area, student organization meeting rooms, and the cafeteria. Building 4 contains the Kiesel Advocacy Center, our new courtroom, a bookstore, and our public law library, which is the largest academic law library in Orange County in terms of volumes and volume equivalents. Our administrative and faculty offices are located within the library, in close proximity to where students spend their time. Administrative offices include the offices of the Dean and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, the Office of Student and Alumni Relations, the Admissions Office, the Registrar, and the Business Office. The Office of Career and Professional Development is located in Building 2.
For a complete handbook of 2016-2017 Whittier Law School Policies please click here.
|Of the students that were admitted and enrolled:|
|Students of color*||116||129||74||85|
|75th percentile LSAT||152||150||150||149|
|50th percentile LSAT||149||146||148||146|
|25th percentile LSAT||145||143||146||144|
|75th percentile GPA||3.26||3.18||3.24||3.10|
|50th percentile GPA||3.0||2.9||2.85||2.85|
|25th percentile GPA||2.61||2.62||2.59||2.62|
LSAT/UGPA percentiles were calculated by the Law School Admission Council based on matriculant lists provided by Whittier Law School to the ABA.
*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.
Information updated on 12-14-2016
|Full Time Students||Part Time Students|
|American Indian or Alaska Native||2||1|
|Black or African American||20||13|
|Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander||1||0|
|Race and Ethnicity Unknown||12||9|
Information updated on 12-14-2016
|Class Year||Involuntary*||Transfer||Voluntary Withdrawal|
|2013-2014||46 students||27 students||9 students|
|2014-2015||52 students||25 students||9 students|
|2015-2016||34 students||28 students||7 students|
Information updated on 12-15-2016
In 2016-2017, Whittier Law School employs the following:
Information updated on 12-16-2016
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 academic requirements, please review Degree Requirements.
|Typical first-year section size (excluding Legal Research & Writing)||41|
|Number of course titles, beyond the first year curriculum, offered last year||108|
|Number of upper division classroom course sections with an enrollment|
|25 to 49||34|
|50 to 74||11|
|75 to 99||1|
|Number of positions available in simulation courses||1849|
|Number of positions filled in simulation courses||685|
|Number of seminar positions filled||327|
|Number of law clinics||8|
|Number of seats available in the law clinics identified above||56|
|Number of seats filled in the law clinics identified above||26|
|Number of field placement positions filled||143|
|Number of students who enrolled in independent study||12|
|Number of students who enrolled in law journals||184|
|Number of students who participated in interschool skills competitions||42|
Information updated on 12/15/2016
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 three study abroad programs in China, Spain, and Israel.
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 all students.
The Library contains 700,000 volumes and volume equivalents 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 (the College) is a community of students, faculty, staff and administrators dedicated to teaching, learning, service and scholarship. To accomplish this goal, Whittier College is committed to providing an educational and employment setting that is respectful and will not tolerate discrimination and harassment. To actualize this commitment, the College provides an environment which encourages intellectual exploration in the context of a supportive community. The work and academic environments must be ones in which employees and students can pursue their work free from coercion, intimidation, and exploitation. Discrimination undermines the community that the College seeks to maintain and, therefore, it is dedicated to an environment free of discrimination and harassment.
Whittier College and its Law School admits students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, disability or age to all the rights, privileges, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It prohibits discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, color, creed or religion, national/ethnic origin, marital status, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/gender expression, military status, and disability in the school environment, including all academic, extra-curricular, school-sponsored activities, administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, or athletic and other school-administered programs. The Law School follows the Whittier College Non-Discrimination Policy.
Under the regulations promulgated under Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, discrimination prohibited under that Act applies to, among other things, sexual misconduct which also includes sexual harassment. There are many types of sexual misconduct and sexual harassment, all of which constitute unacceptable behavior. For definitions of the type of behavior prohibited as well as grievance procedures and resources for counseling and other services, visit the Whittier College Sexual Misconduct Policy.
If any member of the Law School community feels that he/she is the victim of sexual misconduct, becomes aware of any violation or potential violation of this policy, or has questions about this policy or what might constitute prohibited sexual behavior, that individual is urged to contact a Whittier College Title IX Coordinator:
Title IX Coordinator and Complaints about Faculty, Staff and Administration
Cynthia Joseph, Director of Human Resources
Complaints involving Whittier Law School
Radha Pathak, Associate Dean for Student and Alumni Engagement
The Law School prohibits any form of retaliation against anyone who has filed a good faith complaint under this policy or for assisting in the investigation of a complaint. Anyone who feels that he/she has been retaliated against for filing a complaint or for participating in an investigation may also make use of the complaint procedure set forth in the Whittier College Sexual Misconduct policy. False or malicious complaints of harassment, discrimination or retaliation, as opposed to complaints which are not substantiated but are made in good faith, may be subject to appropriate disciplinary action.
The law school is committed to maintaining a safe working environment for all faculty, staff, students, alumni and visitors.
Campus Crime Statistics
|Motor Vehicle Theft||0||0||0||0|
For detailed information regarding transfer students and transfer credits, please review the Transfer Students page.
Updated as of 4/7/2016
|Month/Year||California First-Time Pass Rate / # of test takers||Out of State 1st Time Pass Rate / # of test takers|
|July 2015||38% / 122||100% / 1|
|February 2015||30% / 10||66.7% / 3|
|July 2014||43% / 164||43% / 7|
|February 2014||76% / 17||100% / 1|
|July 2013||65% / 184||89% / 9|
|February 2013||55% / 10||100% / 1|
|July 2012||70% / 142||70% / 8|
Updated as of 2/10/2016