There are five law schools in Orange County, most fully approved and accredited. Some are strictly campus based, while others allow the flexibility of completed your Law degrees virtually. Some of Orange County’s law schools rank among the best in the nation.
Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law
One University Drive, Orange, CA 92866
Chapman University’s Dale E. Fowler School of Law is an ABA-accredited, private law school that pairs theory with real-world experiential training, fully preparing students for practice as an attorney. The provide numerous externship opportunities, skills labs, clinical programs and research projects. Students also gain experience by participating in legal journals and award-winning competition teams. Programs offered include: Juris Doctor (JD), LL.M. in Taxation, Joint Degrees (JD/MBA, JD/MFA), Certificate Programs, Study Abroad and the Practice Ready program.
Pacific West College of Law
2011 West Chapman Ave., Orange, CA 92868
Pacific West College of Law is a small private law school in the city of Orange, founded in 1993. The school offers three degree programs for students pursuing law degrees: Juris Doctor in Law, Master of Law in Taxation, Master of Law in Environmental Law. The school also offers continuing education programs and trial practice for newly passed attorneys. Pacific West College of Law is not accredited, but is registered as an unaccredited law school with the California Committee of Bar Examiners.
Trinity Law School
2200 N Grand Ave, Santa Ana, CA 92705
Trinity Law School is a Christian private college that specializes in law. Students at Trident Law School can pursue educational programs in Juris Doctor and Joint BA/JD. The JD program can be completed online, on campus, or in hybrid format. Students can also earn a Master of Legal Studies with concentrations in alternative dispute resolution, bioethics, church and ministry management, contracts and negotiation, criminal justice, human resources management, human rights, and nonprofit organizations.
University of California Irvine Law School
401 E. Peltason Drive, Suite 1000, Irvine, CA 92697
The UCI Law School is dedicated to training practice-ready lawyers and legal professionals. The Law School has 48 full-time faculty members and 420 students. The Law School ranks highly (currently #4 in the nation for practical training) and receives tremendous accolades. Three programs are offered: J.D. program, Graduate Tax program and a Masters of Laws (LL.M.) program. UCI Law School is fully accredited.
Western State College of Law
1 Banting Drive, Irvine, CA 92618-3601
Western State College of Law is operated by Argosy University and is the oldest existing law school in the Orange County area. National Jurist ranked Western State College of Law third for bar exam prep and the school ranked eighth in diversity by U.S News & World Report. Western State College of Law has a California Bar pass rate of 67%, compared to the average 45%. Students pursuing law at Western State College can choose programs in business law, criminal law, immigration law, family law, and real estate practice.
Here is a complete list of California Accredited Law Schools by the State Bar of California.