SFLS Overview - Law School in San Francisco Bay Area, CA
Since 1909, The San Francisco Law School has provided quality legal education to a diverse student body — many of whom also work full-time and have family responsibilities all while earning their law degree in San Francisco, the Juris Doctorate.
As the oldest evening law school in the western United States, San Francisco Law School is one of the first law schools in California to be accredited by the State Bar of California and has had continuous accreditation since 1937.
Students at San Francisco Law School are instructed in all subjects tested on the California Bar Examination.
Program & Degrees
San Francisco Law School offers an evening part-time legal program (JD).
Accommodating Course Schedule
The part-time law school program in the Bay Area spans four years with classes held four nights a week – Mondays through Thursdays. Moot Court, Bar Examination preparation classes, and other courses are offered in the summer. Electives are also often offered on the weekend.
Campus locations include:
Diverse Law School in a Diverse Community
- Our San Francisco school of law is committed to delivering a quality legal education and creating equal opportunity for legal students in California.
- With an inclusive culture and continuous commitment to diversity, San Francisco Law School was one of the first in California to actively seek out and enroll women and minority students.
- Our San Francisco school of law student body welcomes diversity and represents many different professions and aspirations.
Learn From a Faculty of Practicing Attorneys and Judges
- San Francisco Law School has a proud tradition of a faculty comprised of practicing attorneys and judges, allowing them to bring realistic considerations into the classroom.
- Students have access to clinical fieldwork and internships in which to gain professional exposure while in law school.
Study at an Affordable Law School in the Bay Area
- San Francisco Law School strives to maintain an affordable legal program.
- Financial aid and scholarship assistance is available for qualifying law students.
- San Francisco Law School is easily accessible to those who work and live in San Francisco and the Bay Area, as well as in and around San Diego County.
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The Mission of San Francisco Law School
As one of the leading accredited law schools in California, our criminal justice degree program is dedicated to providing the opportunity for a quality legal education to a diverse student population, many of whom are working full-time jobs and have family responsibilities while attending law school.
For 100 years, San Francisco Law School has been devoted to creating skilled attorneys of the highest ethical caliber.
Since its earliest days, San Francisco Law School has been a model of non-discrimination, diversity, and opportunity. Students at San Francisco Law School seek to better their own lives and that of their families. Historically, students are the first in their families to be in a doctoral program and, for some, the first to have graduated from college.
The History of San Francisco Law School
Throughout its history, San Francisco Law School has provided a quality legal education for a successful career in the law. By providing our students with experienced faculty members and hands-on experience, we have been able to remain one of the top law schools in San Francisco. Not only do we help each and every student prepare for the California bar exam, we also set them up for success when it comes time to start working with law firms. Over the years, graduates of San Francisco Law School have achieved impressive success. Outstanding alumni include former California 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 International University Board member P. Terry Anderlini; human rights activist Wayne Collins; past President of the National Bar Association Thomas Broome; and former California State Senator Milton Marks.
Our law school in San Francisco, Bay Area is also proud of its graduates in the judiciary, who include 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.
SLFS Alumni Spotlight
Although Wayne Collins' most notable legacy is arguing before the United States Supreme Court on behalf of Fred Korematsu in the landmark case, Korematsu v. United States, it was his unwavering commitment to human rights after that period that has earned my admiration and respect. Mr. Collins' less notable cases include successfully fighting the inhumane treatment and conditions of Japanese Americans interned at the Tule Lake Segregation Center and establishing the unconstitutionality of the Renunciation Act of 1944. As a testament of his moral resolve, Mr. Collins led those legal battles alone due to the political climate at the time. Mr. Collins continued to represent countless Americans, in all capacities, in fighting to protect their civil rights. For that reason and many more, it is with great pride that I attend his alma mater, San Francisco Law School.
Mr. Richard Tan competed in the 30th Annual Criminal Procedure/National Moot Court Tournament. This is a moot court competition with teams from some of the top law schools in the country. Mr. Tan and won the Best Brief award, which is one of the top two awards of the competition.
When asked why he decided to attend SFLS after graduating from Stanford University, he said:
"A few years before going to law school, my mentor, a union and criminal defense attorney, recommended that I look up Charles Garry. Charles Garry was a graduate of the SFLS. My mentor worked with Garry when he was just out of law school, and told me to pick up a copy of “Streetfighter in the Courtroom”, Garry’s autobiography. It is an amazing book. Among many other things, Garry wrote about fighting the House Unamerican Activities Committee as President of the San Francisco Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild in the 1950s; about defending Huey P. Newton in his murder trial in 1967 and then serving as chief counsel for the Panthers; and about defending the Oakland Seven when they were targeted for protesting the Vietnam War in 1969."
We at SFLS are proud to have such distinguished alumni and we will be commemorating them and their achievements as much as we can in 2020 and beyond.
Both San Francisco Law School and San Diego Law School are schools 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 assistance.
Additionally, San Francisco Law School and San Diego Law School are accredited by the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California. San Francisco Law School 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 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.
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