San Francisco Law School

Making A Law Degree Accessible and Affordable


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 career in law. 

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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 

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Program & Degrees

San Francisco Law School 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.


Our History

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. 

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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 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.


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