Apart from a traditional legal education, the school offers a variety of specialty programs. Among them are Child, Family & Elder Law, Creative Problem Solving, Criminal Justice, Health Law & Policy, Intellectual Property, Telecommunications & Technology Regulation, International Law, and Labor & Employment Law. The school also offers ample opportunities for internships, professional training, and pro bono work. Depending on the program, a minimum of 280 hours of internship work is required for graduation. It is also worth noting that more than 25 local organizations look to CWSL students to fulfill the legal needs of the underprivileged.
The university is home to the California Western International Law Journal, one of the oldest international law journals in the country, as well as the California Western Law Review. CWSL currently ranks among the top 25 law schools for sports and entertainment law according to www.toplawschools.com.
As the oldest law school in the city of San Diego, California Western has been a member of the Association of American Law Schools since 1967 and was accredited by the American Bar Association five years prior. It has also enjoyed a boisterous history of continuous development. The university was originally called Balboa Law College when it was chartered in the mid 1920s by Leland Ghent Stanford. It became California Western University in 1952 and was reopened in the San Diego neighborhood of Point Loma, where it stayed for many years until it was reopened at its current downtown location in 1973. Two years later, the law school ended its affiliation with the main undergraduate campus and officially became an independent institution. The school has no affiliation with California Coast University of Santa Ana, California, which was called California Western University from 1973 to 1981.
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