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The History of San Francisco Law School

San Francisco Law School rose from the rubble of the 1906 earthquake and fire to establish itself as the first evening law school in the western United States. Incorporated in 1909, San Francisco Law School has been housed in its present campus at 20 Haight Street since 1968.

Throughout its history, San Francisco Law School has provided a quality legal education for a successful career in the legal profession.

Notable Alumni of the San Francisco Law School

Over the years, graduates of San Francisco Law School have achieved impressive success. Outstanding alumni include:

  • former California State Governor, the late Edmund (Pat) Brown
  • former Lt. Governor Leo McCarthy
  • former Undersecretary of the United States Department of Energy, Joseph Salgado
  • past President of the California State Bar and Alliant Board member, P. Terry Anderlini
  • past President of the National Bar Association, Thomas Broome
  • former California State Senator, Milton Marks

San Francisco Law School is also proud of its graduates in the judiciary including the Hon. Victor Campilango, Merle Eaton, Eugene Krum, Betty Lamoreaux, Philip Moscone, Bonnie Sabraw, Lynn O'Malley Taylor and Marilyn Pestarino Zecher.

In addition, San Francisco Law School's graduates include many renowned California attorneys who have distinguished themselves in private practice, as well as in public service as district attorneys and public defenders.

History of the San Diego Branch

The San Francisco Law School also has a fully accredited branch campus in San Diego. Poised to build on a tradition of more than 100 years of legal education, the San Diego branch is ready to write its own chapter.

The San Diego branch of the San Francisco Law School is the first California-accredited law school in the San Diego area. The small classes, affordable tuition and financial assistance for qualified students make it a viable option for those who prefer an academic atmosphere with a greater degree of personal attention.