Tucked away in Suite 271 of an office-like building in Woodland Hills, CA, sits the underdog of all law schools: The University of West Los Angeles School of Law, San Fernando Valley. Although this non-traditional law school is quite an oddity among the sea of law schools throughout the nation, its affordability and convenient schedule options make it a feasible choice for students who would like to give law school a chance without putting themselves into debt for the next 20 years.
Probably inspired by the American Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, the school was first opened in Inglewood, CA, in 1966 for non-traditional law students, such as those with families and those who need to attend class in the evenings. The school was established as a part-time alternative for students who could not dedicate three solid years to law school. In July of 2002, The University of West Los Angeles School of Law purchased its other half: San Fernando Valley College of Law in Woodland Hills.
Currently, total enrollment for both campuses reaches a humble 200 students, and together, the two campuses employ a full-time faculty of four professors and approximately 20 other faculty members. The school's small class sizes make the learning environment much more intimate and easygoing. Most classes only have between 25 and 35 students, and no class has more than 35 students. The types of students that the school attracts vary. Generally, young recent undergraduates attend day classes, while older students in their 30s and 40s attend evening classes.
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