Making the decision to study law is a career-defining step. Such an action requires desire, commitment and a firm belief in one’s abilities.

What follows next is another important choice: what school to attend. It is a selection that draws upon personal preferences and professional aspirations, and which requires intense review of both the where and the why before making a final determination.

All of which leads to this question: Why La Verne Law in Southern California?

First and foremost, it is about the education. The University of La Verne College of Law is provisionally approved by the American Bar Association, making it the only ABA-approved law school in inland Southern California. It features an innovative education program that combines a rigorous academic curriculum with clinical and externship opportunities. A profound dedication to its students is evident in its small classes providing personalized attention from engaged professors who are highly respected in their fields.

Helping students succeed is a key objective at La Verne Law. There are comprehensive academic and bar support programs providing one-on-one meetings and tutoring with skilled bar counselors. The Legal Writing and Analysis program includes analytical and persuasive writing and case synthesis. These and more give students the skills and confidence they need to achieve productive and fulfilling careers.

Then there are the resources La Verne Law provides. The 27,000-square foot Law Library has an expansive collection with print and microform holdings exceeding 300,000 volumes and offers a variety of advanced electronic research methods. With wireless Internet access, a computer lab with enhanced audio-visual capabilities and numerous study/conference rooms, it meets the study and research needs of both students and faculty.

A successful law school experience extends beyond the classroom. La Verne Law’s Lawyering Skills Practicum and clinical and externship programs give students valuable opportunities to gain practical legal experience. Students working with clients in the Justice and Immigration Clinic and the Disability Legal Rights Center Clinic handle many aspects of actual cases under faculty supervision.

Founded in 1970, La Verne Law has more than 1,450 graduates enjoying successful careers in law firms, businesses, government agencies, public interest organizations. More than 40 have gone on to serve in the judiciary. And alumni continue to be an integral part of the ongoing success of the school, serving as mentors, sponsors and advisors. They make up a network that opens doors for current students and graduates alike.

Affordability is also an important factor. Generous scholarships are available to students who qualify, and the Office of Financial Aid is prepared to help those interested to explore grants and student loan programs.

Not to be overlooked is La Verne Law’s location. Its beautiful seven-acre campus is located in the heart of the city of Ontario, a thriving inland Southern California community of nearly 175,000. Along with the area’s abundance of local shopping, entertainment and recreational opportunities, Los Angeles and Orange counties are accessible via freeways and regional transit systems. Mountains, beaches, deserts and metropolitan centers are less than an hour’s drive, as are such iconic locations as Disneyland, Newport Beach, Beverly Hills, Hollywood and Santa Monica – just to name a few. And nearby Ontario International Airport affords flight connections to the country and the world.

The advantages studying at La Verne Law go beyond climate and access to entertaining attractions. The inland Southern California region is underserved by attorneys and faced with a growing need for trained legal professionals. A vast network of municipal, county, state and federal courts and a vibrant business community leads to plentiful career opportunities. La Verne Law’s Career Services and Professional Development Office is ready to help students seek out available positions.

Knowing all this, only one question remains: Why not La Verne Law? The best way to find the answer is to visit the campus and discover first-hand why so many have chosen La Verne Law. To arrange a tour and learn more about everything La Verne Law has to offer, call toll free (877) 858-4529 or send an email to lawadm@laverne.edu.

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