Resources for Prospective Students

Welcome to Whittier Law School!

Welcome to Whittier Law School!

The Whittier Experience

Our campus sits on 14 spacious acres in the midst of the beautiful Orange County, California. Within a few miles of the campus you will find numerous charming beach communities that offer whatever water sport you can imagine as well as artists and surfers alike.

Visit the Whittier Experience section for an overview of the location and the rich, practical and globalized training students at Whittier Law School receive.

The Academic Program

Flexible schedule options designed to accommodate your individual needs. Whittier Law School offers a full-time and part-time programs. Please visit our Degree Requirements section for more information.

Practice Specialties

Whittier Law School offers a wealth of resources to pursue a career in a variety of legal areas that include Business and Transactional Law, Criminal Law, Public Interest Law, Trial and Appellate Law, Environmental Law, Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law, International and Comparative Law or Family Law and Children’s Rights.

Please visit our Build Your Career section and Centers & Programs section to find highlights about courses, programs, externships and our Centers for Intellectual Property Law, Children’s Rights and International & Comparative Law.

Practical Training

Our students not only learn the law, but learn how to do what lawyers actually do in practice. We are proud that Whittier Law School students graduate more “practice ready” than students from many other law schools.

  • Whittier Law School has received national acclaim for our Experience The Law curriculum, which emphasizes hands-on, practical training in the classroom. The National Jurist magazine has named Whittier Law School #6 on a list of 15 Most Innovative Law Schools in the nation due to this curriculum.
  • The Law School’s Private and Public Externship Program provides practical experience in a variety of practice settings, including private sector in-house counsel positions, public interest law firms, the court systems and public agencies.
  • The Institute for Trial and Appellate Practice includes the Trial Advocacy Honors Board (TAHB) and the Moot Court Honors Board (MCHB). These organizations provide students with training and experience in all aspects of trial and appellate advocacy with participation in several advocacy competitions throughout the year.
  • The Lawyering Skills Institute offers a rigorous and ambitious four-semester legal writing and professional skills program. The comprehensive curriculum prepares students to efficiently transition from student to lawyer.

Faculty Mentor Match

The Faculty Mentor Match (FMM) pairs each Whitter faculty member with a small group of entering first year students to provide personal and academic support on a regular basis throughout the 1L year. Faculty meet with their mentees at Orientation and continue to meet at least monthly to offer tips and insights on how to navigate some of the challenges that can present during any student’s first year of law school. The FMM is designed to give our students a direct line to the faculty whose knowledge and experience can often be an important source of support for those new to the law school environment. At Whittier, we pride ourselves on our close and warm community and the FMM is part of our continuing commitment to building long-lasting relationships that enhance our students’ lives.

Meet the faculty here.

Rich & Diverse Community

Finally you will find a rich community within Whittier Law School. We have an exceptionally diverse and friendly student body.

Visit our Student Organizations page for more information.