Western State University College of Law

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Western State University College of Law was founded in 1966 and is the oldest law school in Orange County. Western State University College of Law is recognized for its diverse student body with more than 40% minority enrollment. For two consecutive years, U.S. News & World Report rated Western State University #1 in its law school diversity index. Its nearly 10,000 graduates include hundreds of prosecutors and public defenders throughout the state, more alumni on the judicial bench in the region than any other law school, and countless professionals in private practice, in administrative and government positions within state and local bar, and in a number of diverse ethnic and gender-related organizations. The school?s graduates are well represented in other counties of Southern California and can be found across the country and beyond.

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Western State Law School Admissions

Western State Law School is considered a Somewhat Competitive law school, which accepts only 63% of its applicants. Comparatively, Westernstate is Higher than the average cost for law school.

Applications Offers Matriculated
Class of 2027 716 447 (62.43%) 131 (18.3%)
25% Median 75%
GPA 2.78 3.07 3.30
LSAT 146 148 151

Tuition And Financial Aid

In-State Resident Non-Resident
Full Time $43,350 $43,350
Part Time $29,150 $29,150

Living Expenses

  • Living on-campus: N/A
  • Living off-campus: $23,467
  • Living at home: $18,603

Important Dates

  • Early Decision 1: N/A
  • Early Decision 2: N/A
  • Regular Decision: N/A
  • Application Fee: $60

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Western State Law School Community

Western State Law School is considered to have a Somewhat Favorable student to faculty ratio. The average class size for 1L sections is approximately Average compared to other law schools. Student diversity at Westernstate is Above Average.

Student body

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Faculty Statistics

  • Full Time: 19
  • Part Time: 22


  • # Female Faculty: 16
  • # Minority Faculty: 13


17.8 Students

1 Faculty

Housing Options

  • On Campus Housing: No
  • Graduate Housing: No
  • Law Specific Housing: No

Western State Law School Curriculum

The size of 1L sections affects the quality and consistency of teaching in law schools. Generally with smaller 1L section sizes, students receive more individualized attention. Western State Law School 1L section size is 159% smaller than law schools in California and 152% smaller than all PRIVATE law schools.

1L Section Size Comparison

Western State Law School: 58
California Average: 150
PRIVATE School Average: 146

Positions Available in Advanced Courses

  • Simulation Courses: 596
  • Faculty Supervised Clinics: 30

Students Involved in Advanced Activities

  • Field Placements: 59
  • Law Journals: 46
  • Moot Court/Mock Trials: 0

Attrition Rates

  • First Year: 21.9%
  • Second Year: 9.7%
  • Third Year: 0.9%
  • Fourth Year: 2.9%

Western State Law School Employment

Deciding to attend law school requires a large financial investment with the goal of securing employment upon graduation. The Western State Law School class of 2022 had an employment rate of 73% with 1% pursuing an additional degree.

Employment Comparison

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In 2022, 95.3%% of students reported their employment status 9-months after graduation.

Type of Employment

  • Law Firms: 62.0%
  • Business: 23.0%
  • Government: 6.0%
  • Public Interest: 3.0%
  • Academia: 3.0%
  • California: 86%
  • Utah: 2%
  • Florida: 1%

Bar Passage Rates

  • Reporting: 95.3%
  • First Time Takers: 149
  • Average School: 62.7%
  • Average State: 66.1%
  • Pass Difference: -3.4%

Top Bar Jurisdiction

  • California: 66.1%
  • Passed: 89 of 142 (62.7%)
  • State Average: 66.1%
  • Difference: -3.4%