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Whittier Law School


3333 Harbor Boulevard
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Phone: 714.444.4141, ext. 123; Fax: 714.444.0250
E-mail: info@law.whittier.edu; Website: www.law.whittier.edu

Introduction

Located in sunny Orange County, California, Whittier Law School provides a practical legal education with school-wide support for each individual student while emphasizing experiential learning. Students have significant interaction with engaged, dynamic professors in small classes and receive extensive instruction in legal writing from full-time faculty to prepare them for actual work as attorneys. The Law School prides itself on programs in academic success and bar preparation to give students the skills they need to succeed. With valuable externship opportunities and active career placement, we position students for future careers.

Midway between Los Angeles and San Diego, California, Whittier Law School is less than 10 miles from Newport Beach and other notable beaches. Over 150 law firms exist within a five-mile radius of campus, providing rich opportunities for externships and interaction with the Law School. The immediate area is also known as a world-class destination for shopping and tourism, with nearby attractions such as Huntington Beach, Crystal Cove, and Disneyland.

Part-Time Programs

In addition to the traditional three-year, full-time program, the JD can also be completed in four years, including two summer sessions, in the flexible day program. Standards for admission and retention are identical for all students, and the full-time faculty serve both programs.

Admission and Scholarships

In addition to the LSAT score and undergraduate GPA, factors such as undergraduate school, major, graduate work, work experience, and personal accomplishments are considered. Whittier Law School awards numerous tuition scholarships annually, and automatically considers all applicants for merit-based scholarships.

Special Programs

Center for Children's Rights—The center enrolls up to 20 students yearly who receive fellowships and summer stipends to prepare for careers in children's rights. Fellows participate in special classes, colloquiums, symposiums, and externships. The center also sponsors the National Juvenile Law Moot Court Competition and the Whittier Journal of Child and Family Advocacy.

Center for Intellectual Property Law—In addition to offering a number of fellowships, the cornerstones of this center are the IP Certificate Program, symposia, externships, and the Distinguished Speaker Series. Student groups, including the Intellectual Property Society and the Entertainment and Sports Law Society, hold numerous events.

Center for International and Comparative Law (CICL)—The center offers students the opportunity to specialize in global issues through fellowships, a certificate program, colloquia series, and symposia. In addition, Whittier Law School offers six ABA-approved study-abroad programs that expose students to a wide variety of cultures.

Clinics—Whittier Law School has two clinics: the Children's Advocacy Clinic and the Special Education Clinic. Students put their classroom learning to work representing actual clients and begin to develop a professional and ethical identity. In addition to learning practical lawyering skills such as interviewing, counseling, negotiation, fact investigation, legal drafting, and oral advocacy, students work closely with clinical faculty who help them grow from their experience.

Summer-Abroad Programs—The Law School offers six summer study-abroad programs approved by the ABA. Students from around the country can choose to study at the prestigious Bar-Ilan University in Tel Aviv, Israel; the University of Cantabria in Santander, Spain; the University of Toulouse in Toulouse, France; the University of Nanjing in Nanjing, China; Ibero-American University in Mexico City, Mexico; or the University of Barcelona in Barcelona, Spain.

Institute of Student and Graduate Academic Support—From the first day of orientation until the last day of the bar examination, Whittier Law School's unique academic-support program helps students excel in their law school studies and pass the bar exam. Full-time professors work individually with students, provide counseling and workshops, and administer a nationally recognized bar-preparation program. Whittier Law School prides itself on providing excellent school-wide student support.

Institute of Legal Writing and Professional Skills—Whittier's Legal Writing program is one of the finest, with an extensive three-year required program where students receive individualized attention and guidance. The program trains students in the practical, useful skills lawyers need to write and research. In addition, in the second year, students can choose litigation or a transactional track to begin focusing their skills. This program is one of the reasons why Whittier Law School students graduate more prepared to practice.

Concentrations in business and criminal law are also offered.

Library and Physical Facilities

Conveniently located off a major freeway, the spacious, 15-acre Whittier Law School campus is solely used by law students, so there is plentiful parking and access to facilities. With a cafeteria on campus and ample space both indoors and outside, students can take advantage of the weather to study and meet. The Law School is composed of four buildings that are completely accessible to people with disabilities, and includes one of the largest academic, law research libraries in the region. Three student computer labs support a variety of software to aid students with computer-assisted instruction, online legal research, and Internet access. Numerous conference rooms are available for group study. The entire facility is equipped with wireless Internet access.

Student Activities

Students at Whittier are involved in many organizations and activities; this is a campus where students actively engage in school life.

For over 30 years, the Whittier Law Review has been publishing articles of legal scholarship, giving students the opportunity to develop analytical, editing, writing, and legal research skills. In addition, the Whittier Journal of Child and Family Advocacy, a student-run scholarly publication focusing on topics related to juvenile and family law, is one of the few journals of its kind in the nation.

Members of the Moot Court Honors Board and the Trial Advocacy Honors Board utilize written and oral advocacy skills to represent the Law School in regional and national trial and appellate advocacy competitions.

In addition to an active Student Bar Association, over 30 student organizations represent various ethnic groups and legal specialties.

Externships and Career Services

In keeping with our emphasis on practical skills, Whittier Law School assists students and alumni in obtaining clerkships, externships, internships, and attorney and nonattorney positions. The Law School offers a variety of externships with trial and appellate judges, governmental agencies, private firms, corporate legal departments, and public interest organizations. The Career Development Office assists in résumé-building exercises, career goal identification, and career-planning strategies. Additional services include on-campus interviews, a mentor program, panels on career-related topics, a comprehensive library of career resources, and a mock interview program.

Applicant Profile

Whittier Law School

This grid includes only applicants who earned 120–180 LSAT scores under standard administrations.

  GPA    
LSAT
Score
3.75+
Apps
3.75+
Adm
3.50–
3.74 Apps
3.50–
3.74 Adm
3.25–
3.49 Apps
3.25–
3.49 Adm
3.00–
3.24 Apps
3.00–
3.24 Adm
2.75–
2.99 Apps
2.75–
2.99 Adm
2.50–
2.74 Apps
2.50–
2.74 Adm
2.25–
2.49 Apps
2.25–
2.49 Adm
2.00–
2.24 Apps
2.00–
2.24 Adm
Below 2.00
Apps
Below 2.00
Adm
No GPA
Apps
No GPA
Adm
Total
Apps
Total
Adm
175–180 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
170–174 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
165–169 0 0 0 0 4 3 6 6 3 3 3 3 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 17 16
160–164 6 6 12 11 19 17 19 18 17 15 16 16 8 6 6 5 1 1 0 0 104 95
155–159 22 22 34 32 63 60 77 73 60 55 51 47 15 14 8 6 3 2 1 1 334 312
150–154 25 23 82 73 147 138 155 142 136 102 95 60 37 26 20 12 5 1 8 4 710 581
145–149 18 9 73 36 116 45 131 34 111 25 93 14 35 2 26 3 2 0 12 2 617 170
140–144 2 0 18 1 25 1 64 1 65 1 42 2 25 0 12 0 3 0 2 0 258 6
135–139 3 0 6 0 7 0 9 0 17 0 14 0 13 0 5 0 1 0 2 0 77 0
130–134 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 0 4 0 8 0 4 0 4 0 1 0 2 0 28 0
125–129 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
120–124 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 76 60 228 154 381 264 465 274 415 201 322 142 140 48 83 27 16 4 27 7 2153 1181

Apps = Number of Applicants
Adm = Number Admitted
Reflects 99% of the total applicant pool; highest LSAT data reported.