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 of California through its Committee of Bar Examiners. Accredited law schools may teach in fixed-facility classrooms or online or in a combination of these methods. Please contact the law school to confirm their teaching modality.
Lincoln Law School of Sacramento
3140 “J” Street
Sacramento, CA 95816
University of La Verne
College of Law and Government Policy
320 East D Street
Ontario, CA 91764
*On January 29, 2021, the Committee of Bar Examiners placed this law school on probation through July 1, 2022, because the law school’s Minimum Cumulative Five-Year Bar Passage Rate (MPR) is below the 40 percent value required under Rule 4.160(N) and Guideline 12.1. If the law school fails to increase its MPR to at least 40 percent by that date, its accreditation may be terminated. MPR values for all accredited law 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 advisors 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 after successfully completing their first year of law school. They must pass this exam within three administrations of becoming eligible to take it in order to continue their law study and claim credit for their law study taken up to the point of passing the exam. If they do not pass within that time frame, they will be dismissed from the law school. If they pass the exam 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 San Francisco International University College of Law has been removed from the State Bar's registered unaccredited correspondence law schools by action of the Committee of Bar Examiners on April 22, 2022.
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 online. A distance-learning law school must require at least 864 hours of preparation and study per year for four years.
9227 Haven Street, Suite 210
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
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. Due to the circumstances surrounding COVID-19, some of these law schools are operating under a waiver to teach some or all of their classes via synchronous online delivery. Contact the law school to confirm their teaching modality during this time.
Pacific West College of Law
2011 West Chapman Avenue
Orange, CA 92868