SJCL Law Catalog (PDF)Individual Attention

At SJCL, the study of law is an intense endeavor, but the skills and doctrines learned will benefit you professionally on a daily basis. Our small class sizes allow students to receive individual attention from faculty. At SJCL, the competition is against one’s self and high professional standards – not other students.


San Joaquin College of Law is accredited by the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California, as well as by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.

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Practice Outside 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 law outside California should contact the admitting authority in that jurisdiction for information regarding its education and admission requirements.

For the Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements please go here:
National Conference of Bar Examiners

A Unique Student Body

SJCL students don’t fit a particular mold. They are simply motivated and ready to learn. Our students represent a variety of ages and backgrounds. If you’re seeking a legal career, looking for a change of pace, or wanting to enhance your professional skills – SJCL is for you. Our student body reflects SJCL’s progressive attitude:

Ages range from 22 to 55, averaging 30

  • A significant percent are change-of-career students
  • Approximately 49 percent are women
  • Approximately 53 percent identify with a minority group

Retention and graduation

SJCL has, in the last 7 years, an average retention rate of 55%, ranging from 68% at the highest to 52% at the low end. These figures reflect the difficulty of successfully undertaking a legal education.  About a third of the students not retained withdraw during the first year of law school, unwilling or unable to devote the necessary time to succeed in the study of law. Some are academically excluded at the end of the first year as well. Of the students who successfully complete the first year, on average 94% go on to graduate. Of our graduates 82% have passed the bar exam.

Abundant Careers

The SJCL course of study combines theoretical knowledge with practical skills. Our clinical programs place students in a variety of legal settings, providing students with the stimulating job experience and professional contacts to facilitate a natural transition into the legal field. Most SJCL graduates find employment locally, while some venture into California’s most competitive markets. An SJCL education allows you to excel wherever you go.

Ensuring Success

The staff at SJCL understands that many students have responsibilities that extend beyond law school. Every effort is made to facilitate each student’s personal academic success. Dedicated faculty members regularly hold study and review sessions. Students are encouraged to organize study groups – building camaraderie that translates into professional contacts after graduation.

Policy of Non-Discrimination

San Joaquin College of Law provides equality of opportunity in legal education for all persons, including faculty, employees, applicants for admission, enrolled students and alumni, without discrimination on the basis of race/ color, religious creed, national origin/ancestry, age, gender, mental or physical disability, medical condition, marital status, sexual orientation, pregnancy or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law or ordinance or regulation. SJCL does not discriminate on the basis of any of the above characteristics in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and any other school administered programs.

Informational Forums

San Joaquin College of Law offers these free forums as a way for you to learn if a degree in law is right for you.

Career Panel Forum

Listen to a panel of our alumni in very diverse areas of practice to better understand what options a degree in law can provide. Ask questions, and engage in dialogue to see if this career and San Joaquin College of Law is a good fit for you. A degree in law can prepare you for a career as a public defender, trial attorney, research attorney, CEO, private business owner, a leader in human resources, health care and much more.


Law School 101

Our free informational monthly law forum will help prospective students learn about law school, from courses offered to admission requirements. At these forums you will learn what law school is like, the amount of work involved, and if SJCL is right for you. The first hour is a presentation by one of our faculty about law school followed by some brief testimonials by current students. It is then opened up to any questions you may have. You will be provided with a catalog and LSAT registration information at no cost to you.


LSAT Night

This forum is a free session on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) led by San Joaquin College of Law's Dean Jan Pearson on strategies for deciphering the logic and analytical thinking questions that comprise the LSAT. You will also receive registration assistance for the LSAT, see sample LSAT questions, and receive information about LSAT prep courses.