The following schools are accredited by the American Bar Association and by such approval are deemed accredited by the State Bar's Committee of Bar Examiners.
School of Law
225 Cedar Street
San Diego, CA 92101
University of California Irvine
School of Law
401 E. Peltason Drive, Suite 1000
Irvine, CA 92697-8000
The following schools are accredited by the State Bar's Committee of Bar Examiners.
Monterey College of Law
100 Col. Durham Street
Seaside, CA 93955
*On August 21, 2020, the Committee of Bar Examiners issued a Notice of Noncompliance to this school because the school’s Minimum, Cumulative Five-Year Bar Passage Rate (MPR) is below 40 percent. MPR values for all accredited schools can be found on the exam statistics page of the Admissions website.
The lists below are published for informational purposes only. Please refer to the Unaccredited Law School Rules for the requirements for registration as:
Neither the committee nor the State Bar's Office of Admissions will advise prospective students on the advantages or disadvantages of studying law through correspondence, distance-learning or fixed-facility law schools or the quality of the legal education programs provided by the listed schools.
Prospective students should refer to available resources such as the law school pass/fail statistics on the bar exam and First-Year Law Students' Exam current and former students, pre-legal advisers located on college or university campuses and other career counselors, among others.
Applicants seeking admission to practice law in California will receive credit for their law study at a registered unaccredited law school only if such study is completed in accordance with the Admissions Rules and California Business and Professions Code 6060.
Students attending registered unaccredited law schools are required to take the First-Year Law Students' Examination and must pass it within three administrations after first becoming eligible to take the exam, which is upon completion of the first year of law study, in order to receive credit for law study undertaken up to the point of passage. If the exam is passed on a subsequent attempt, only one year of law study credit will be recognized toward meeting the legal education requirements needed to qualify to take the California Bar Exam.
The following institutions are currently registered by the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California as unaccredited correspondence law schools. A correspondence law school is a law school that conducts instruction principally by correspondence. A correspondence law school must require at least 864 hours of preparation and study per year for four years.
The following institutions are currently registered by the State Bar's Committee of Bar Examiners as unaccredited distance-learning law schools. A distance-learning law school is a law school that conducts instruction and provides interactive classes principally by technological means. A distance-learning law school must require at least 864 hours of preparation and study per year for four years.
The following institutions are currently registered by the State Bar's Committee of Bar Examiners as unaccredited fixed-facility law schools. A fixed facility law school is a law school that conducts its instruction principally in physical classroom facilities. A fixed facility law school must require classroom attendance of its students for a minimum of 270 hours per year for four years.