La Verne Law offers a unique and innovative approach to legal education, grounded in the following core concepts:
- basic skills for success;
- high Bar performance;
- ready to practice curriculum; and
- being a beacon of hope and inspiration.
The model instructs students on the basic skills for success in law school, on the bar exam, and in the practice of law — the ability to read, analyze, and present. Through the Center for Academic and Bar Readiness, students are introduced to bar success concepts, skills and approaches. Values and skills are integrated into first-year doctrinal courses enabling students to learn how to be successful law students. By integrating practical lawyering skills into second-year doctrinal courses, students gain the skills and experiences that enable them to become successful lawyers.
Full-time and Part-time Options
The full-time day division requires three academic years and usually includes five days of classroom attendance per week and 14-15 units per semester in fall and spring for the first year, and 12-16 units for every year thereafter. Full-time students cannot be employed for more than twenty hours per week outside of law school. The faculty recommends first-year full-time students not work at all outside of law school.
The part-time program requires four years of study. Students in either program must complete 88 semester units.