Whittier Law School

Whittier Law School

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Whittier Law School, located in Costa Mesa in Orange County, prides itself on its diversity.

“About 48 percent of our entering class is made up of diverse groups,” said Penelope Bryan, dean and vice president of the school. “We take multicultural experiences very seriously. We also have an intensive international outreach at our school. All of that means we help students learn how to survive in a multicultural environment.”

The school has a center for international comparative law, which sponsors fellowships to Israel, Mexico, Spain, France and China, and also holds symposia on campus. Externships are also available in these locations, including in several law firms in China.

“We have a very close-knit community here with great relationships between students and faculty,” Bryan said.

The school offers specialties in family law and environmental law, and recently launched an environmental law institute specializing in water law. Whittier Law is also building a $2 million state-of-the-art courtroom where students can hone their skills in litigation and hold competitions.

Graduates often pursue careers in government and public interest positions as well as in the many medium and small law firms in Los Angeles. Most students come from Los Angeles, but some also come from the rest of California and the West.

Published Winter 2013

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Admission Profile
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Financial Profile
Tuition Part-time
Living Expenses
Median grant$17965
Percent receiving grants54.00%
Estimated net tuition
Employment & Bar Exam Profile
Post-grad employment 53.00%
NJ Employment
Bar Passage47.03%
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