The University of La Verne College of Law is approved and accredited by the California Committee of Bar Examiners for the State Bar of California. The California Accreditation Rule and Standards are located the California State Bar website.
On November 18, 2019, the Board of Trustees of the University of La Verne directed the University of La Verne’s College of Law to resign and discontinue its American Bar Association (ABA)-accredited program of legal education and instructed the College of Law to transition its program of legal education to a high-quality program of legal education approved and accredited by the State Bar of California. (See here for additional information about the ABA Teach-Out.)
All newly admitted and enrolled fall 2020 1L students will be enrolled in a program of legal education approved and accredited by the Committee of Bar Examiners for the State Bar of California and not the ABA. Accordingly, enrolled students this fall and after will have the opportunity to earn a JD and graduate from a school that is approved and accredited exclusively by the State Bar of California.
Study at, or graduation from this law school may not qualify a student to take the bar examination or be admitted to practice law in jurisdictions other than California. A student who intends to seek admission to practice outside of California should contact the admitting authority in that jurisdiction for information regarding its education and admission requirements. [See Title 4. Admissions and Educational Standards, Division 2. Accredited Law School Rule 2.3(D) Required Disclosures].
State Bar of California Registration Requirement
All law students who are planning to apply for admission to the California Bar and take the California Bar Exam must register with the State Bar of California no later than 90 days after beginning law school. The registration fee must be paid with a credit card. Students who are interested in sitting for a Bar Exam in another state should check with the State Bar in the state in which they intend to practice.
In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.
The State Bar of California and the University of La Verne College of Law may require additional documentation for your admission file that may not have been provided on the original application. We require notification as to any change of status including, but not limited to, attendance at another law school prior to beginning at La Verne Law, enrollment in a summer law program, or a criminal record. A criminal record may have an adverse effect on your admission to the College of Law and to the Bar. Students who have a criminal record are advised to check with the Committee of Bar Examiners of the state in which they intend to practice.
For information on the College of Law admission policy and requirements, click here.