Gilbert HolmesWelcome to the University of La Verne College of Law! I am very humbled and honored to serve as the Dean of the College of Law and want to be among the first to introduce you to everything that La Verne Law has to offer. La Verne Law was founded more than 40 years ago with the purpose of educating and training generations of attorneys committed to making a difference in their communities and we have succeeded. We are a value-driven institution and I encourage you to examine our Vision, Mission and Core Values, which are in the “About” section of this website to help you understand who we are and what we value.

At La Verne Law we focus on the success of our students and alumni. Our talented and diverse students hail from some of the best undergraduate institutions in the country. We offer small classes and personalized attention from professors who are well respected in their fields and our administration and staff. We are on the cutting edge of making legal education relevant and responsive to the needs of the profession and the needs of society. Our flat-rate True Tuition Model makes La Verne Law one of the most affordable options for law school in California. The curriculum at La Verne Law combines legal theory, lawyering skills, and ethics, all of which are critical to a successful legal career. Our integration of legal writing and academic success skills and our Court Observation Week in the first year introduces our students to the theory, skills and practice that will be the bedrock of their careers and professional life. Our second year curriculum which features the coordinated teaching of litigation and transaction law doctrine in the context of semester-long simulations with practical skills begins the transformation of our students into professionals with hands on legal experience while in law school. Our third year curriculum which features numerous opportunities for practicums – doctrinal course with live client experiences embedded in them – clinics and externships facilitates the transition of our students into the profession. Finally at every stage of the student experience at La Verne Law, we have integrated academic and bar readiness through our Center for Academic and Bar Readiness and as a result our graduates have been extremely successful n the California Bar exam. The first time takers of the February 2013 exam had an 87.5% pass rate, one of the highest in the state among all law schools. Additionally, we offer our students the opportunity to take part in the University of La Verne Law Review, trial advocacy competitions, professional organizations, and the wide variety of student organizations that reflect the diverse backgrounds and interests of all of our students.

La Verne Law is nestled in a growing metropolitan region of more than 6 million people, yet on 64,000-square-foot state-of-the- art campus, students enjoy a sense of a warm and caring community. The area, underserved by attorneys, is a vibrant business community with a vast network of nearby municipal, county, state, and federal courts which give students more career options after they graduate. La Verne Law’s location in Inland Southern California ensures students affordable housing and living costs while providing proximity to southern California’s iconic beaches, mountains, and deserts.

We are proud to have established a law school that combines top-rate educational opportunities with personalized attention. Above everything else, the success of our students and graduates is our ultimate goal. I personally invite you to explore what La Verne Law has to offer and then to become a part of the La Verne Law experience. I look forward to seeing you on campus.

Gilbert A. Holmes,
Dean