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Frequently Asked Questions

What is San Diego Law School?

San Diego Law School is the name of the San Diego branch campus of San Francisco Law School.

Do students at San Diego Law School have to take the First Year Law Students’ Examination?

No.  Regular students at San Diego Law School will not have to take the First Year Law Students’ Examination.   However, students admitted with Special Status -those with less than 60 approved academic units- will continue to be required to take the First Year Law Students’ Examination (FYLSX).

Are students at San Diego Law School eligible for Federal financial assistance?

Yes.  Eligible students can received federal assistance, since San Francisco Law School (and its branch campus, San Diego Law School) is accredited by WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) as a school of Alliant International University.  Because the tuition at San Diego Law School is so reasonable, and it is a part time law program, students are encouraged to borrow only what they truly need, in order to leave law school with as little debt as possible.

Is San Diego Law School Accredited by the State of California?

Yes.  San Francisco Law School is a California Accredited Law School, accredited by the State Bar of California, Committee of Bar Examiners.  San Diego Law School is the branch campus of San Francisco Law School. As a new branch campus, San Diego Law School campus is provisionally accredited as a campus, and, in the near future, will undergo the reporting and visits for full campus accreditation status.

 Are units transferrable between San Francisco and San Diego Law School?

Yes, approved legal courses and units between the San Francisco and San Diego campuses are transferrable. 

Is San Francisco Law School approved by the American Bar Association (ABA )?

No, and it is unlikely that San Francisco Law School, and its branch campus, San Diego Law School will seek approval in the near future since one of our historic goals is to keep legal education affordable for opportunity students.

What is the tuition at San Diego Law School?

The Fall 2014 tuition at San Francisco and San Diego Law Schools is $824/unit. The general fees are $500 per student, which includes Lexis access and computer examination fees.  As you can see, the tuition at San Diego Law School is about one half or less than the tuition at the ABA law schools in the area.

How many nights a week do students attend law school in the part time evening program?

Part time evening students at San Francisco Law School take 10 core units a semester by attending classes Mondays through Thursdays, from 6:20 p.m. to either 8:10 or 9:10 p.m., depending on whether the class that evening is two units or three.  Academic Support meets on Saturday mornings and is open to all students.  

Do the students attend law school in the summer semester?
Yes.  San Francisco and San Diego Law School use the summer semesters to work on Bar Skills for its First and Third Year students and for Moot Court classes for its Second Year students.

Do the students get vacation time?

Yes. Students get approximately 2 weeks at the end of the Spring semester and two weeks before the beginning of the Fall semester.  Often, this will be 2 weeks in mid May and the first 2 weeks of August.

Do I need to graduate from college to apply to law school?
No. Students with an AA or AS may apply to law school.  Additionally, students without an AA may apply as Special students, after taking three of the required CLEP examinations.

Does San Francisco Law School require an applicant to take the LSAT (Law School Admissions Test)?

Yes, typically applicants must take the LSAT.  Applicants may choose to have their information and documents sent to San Francisco Law School by the CAS (Credential Assembly Service) of LSAC, but are is not required. Please see http://www.lsac.org