Historic Law School with Campuses in San Francisco Bay Area and San Diego
The San Francisco Law School (SFLS) was founded in 1909 with the goal of making a legal education accessible to anyone. More than 100 years later, SFLS is still fulfilling that goal, with accessible part-time evening classes where you can work full-time while earning your Juris Doctor in four years, for half of the price of other law schools.
SFLS is the oldest evening law school in the western United States and is accredited by The State Bar of California (CalBar) since 1937. As a student at our campuses in Emeryville and San Diego, many of your classes focus on topics and techniques to prepare you to pass the California Bar Exam. Our faculty are working attorneys and judges who bring their real-world experience to the classroom, enhancing your education and preparing you for a legal profession in criminal law, environmental law, international law or whichever field that interests you.
Join our other distinguished alumni making an impact on the world.
Why choose San Francisco Law School?
- We are the oldest evening law school in the western U.S.
- We’ve been continuously accredited by the State Bar of California since 1937
- We have an inclusive culture and have had a focus on social justice since 1909
- We offer affordable law degrees
Program & Degrees
Our San Francisco Law School serving the Bay Area and San Diego offers an evening part-time Juris Doctor degree program.
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Part-Time, Evening Classes
Our part-time law school program, available on campuses in the San Francisco Bay Area and in San Diego, takes four years to complete with classes held four evenings a week. Moot Court, Bar Examination preparation classes, and other courses may be offered during the summer term. Electives may also be offered on weekends.
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A Diverse Law School Serving Diverse Communities
- SFLS has an inclusive culture and commitment to diversity
- SFLS was one of the first law schools in California to actively recruit and enroll women and minority students.
Real-World Experience in the Classroom from Practicing Attorneys and Judges
- Our faculty are working attorneys and judges who bring their real-world experience to the classroom, enhancing your education and giving you practical insight into a career in law.
- As a law student, you’ll gain professional experience with fieldwork and internship opportunities.
An Affordable Law School in the San Francisco Bay Area and San Diego
- Our tuition is half the cost of other private law schools, making a law degree more accessible for more people.
- Financial aid and scholarships are available for qualifying law students.
The Mission of San Francisco Law School
As a CalBar-accredited law school, our Juris Doctor degree program makes a quality legal education more accessible to a diverse student population, many of whom balance a full-time career and family responsibilities with their part-time law school education.
Since its founding in 1909, San Francisco Law School has provided its students a quality legal education for a successful career in the law. Throughout our history, have been a model of non-discrimination, diversity, and opportunity. Students at have traditionally been the first in their families to pursue a professional degree, and for some have been the first in their families to earn a college degree.
By combining experienced faculty and hands-on experience with a part-time evening format for working adults, we are uniquely qualified to make a career in law open to more people. Along with our academic focus on preparation for the California Bar exam, field experience and career services, SFLS has a proud history of being the launching pad for many prestigious legal minds.
San Francisco Law School is a part of Alliant International University, an institution accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) and is approved by the U.S. Department of Education for financial aid.
San Francisco Law School is accredited by the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California and has been continuously accredited since California accreditation began in 1937. Students who graduate from one of our law programs are eligible to practice law in the State of California upon passage of the California Bar Exam.
Study at, or graduation from, these California law schools may not qualify a student to take the bar exam or be admitted to practice law in jurisdictions other than California. A student who intends to seek admission to practice outside of California should contact the admitting authority in that jurisdiction for information regarding its education and admission requirements.
For information related to the school's bar examination passing rates, visit the CalBar website.
Notice of Probationary Status through July 1, 2022
*This law school has been placed on probation by its accreditor, The State Bar of California, through its Committee of Bar Examiners, due to reporting a five-year cumulative bar exam pass rate (MPR) of 36.0 percent for 2020 and 39.0 percent for 2021, when a minimum of 40 percent is required under Rule 4.160(N); the law school must raise this MPR to 40 percent or more by July 1, 2022 or the law school's accreditation may be terminated. If the law school’s accreditation is terminated, the law school will be required to apply for and be granted registered, unaccredited status before it can continue to operate. See current MPR statistics for all accredited law schools on the State Bar’s website.
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Welcome from the Dean
Welcome to the San Francisco Law School (SFLS). As a member of the Bar, an attorney with a private practice, and an MBA, there are many paths I could pursue—but none as rewarding at the role of dean of SFLS.
SFLS has had an enormous impact in the state of California. Many of our esteemed alumni have used their education to made their mark, from the current head of the American Litigator Association to former Governor Pat Brown and including several superior court justices, respected attorneys, and others.
Although SFLS has a 100-year history of teaching full-time, working adults, we’ve risen to the challenge presented by the pandemic and have adapted by providing distant learning to keep our students’ education on track. At SFLS:
- Professors are working attorneys and judges
- The student body is rich and diverse by design
- Our alumni are engaged, involved and supportive
- Students gain real-life experience through community service
At SFLS, you’ll not only find rich tradition and history, but you’ll study with professors who are teaching because they want to give back. Each one is committed to preparing you to enter the field upon graduation, ready to embark on a rewarding career.
I invite you to take your place in the halls of history at San Francisco Law School.
Tim Weimer, JD, MBA
Dean, San Francisco Law School