Northwestern California University School of Law was founded in 1982. It is the oldest law school of its type with continual operation in California, having been approved in 1982 to issue degrees by the State of California Department of Education. Its Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree program is presently registered with and regulated by the California State Bar.
The school is located in a modern office building with a beautiful riverside setting next to the Sacramento River in Sacramento, California. The school's facility contains an administrative lobby, faculty offices, a mock courtroom and a law library.
The school's mock courtroom is used for periodic review sessions. The resident sessions are not a required portion of the school's online program, since the defining feature of the school has been that students are not required to attend classes or study sessions in person.
Graduates of the school's Juris Doctor law study program include many who have gone on to occupy influential positions in government. After graduation they have been employed in positions such as Deputy District Attorney and Juvenile Gang Prosecutor in California, as General Attorney at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Office of Federal Operations in Washington D.C., as Court Executive for the District Court in Utah, and as (Presidential appointee) Director of the Office of Thrift Supervision, U.S. Department of Treasury in Washington D.C. Many others, after graduation, have been promoted to high-level positions in business and industry, and still others have entered the private practice of law fulfilling lifelong ambitions.
Northwestern California University has from its inception focused on providing a law study program of the highest quality at a very affordable rate of tuition to people who live far from traditional schools, or with family commitments, or jobs that involve irregular hours, or travel.
The school's online programs are offered over the Internet through a course management system and technology platform featuring Online Discussion Boards, Audio/Video Lectures and a Virtual Classroom to provide dynamic collaboration and communication between students and faculty members.
The faculty consists of law professors who are available to all students for course-specific questions via the school's Online Discussion Boards and through Cyber-Mail. Students have access to an electronic law library, through LexisNexis™ , and can network with the professors and each other, and participate in online "real-time" chats, through the school's Internet campus.
Students, both past and present, include graduates of leading colleges and universities throughout the world including Oxford, Harvard, Yale, Stanford, MIT, Beijing University, the University of Paris, Keio University of Japan, the University of Michigan, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, and many others.
Numerous students and graduates of the school without prior college degrees qualified for enrollment based on their having acquired sufficient course credits (60 semester college units) or adequate scores on a few selected and specific College-Level Examination Program® (CLEP) tests.
The school's student body is made up of business executives, bankers, airline pilots, military personnel, legislators, court staff members, physicians, surgeons, dentists, chiropractors, podiatrists, nurses, psychologists, accountants, school teachers, professors from distinguished universities, a university president, a medical school dean, counselors, engineers, law enforcement officers, firefighters, government diplomats, truck drivers, parcel delivery personnel, paralegal clerks, legal secretaries, construction workers, mechanics, stay-at-home parents, retired seniors, and individuals serving society in a variety of other ways.
No Law School Admission Test (LSAT) scores are required for entry to the school. A 'Rolling Enrollment' process allows immediate commencement of law study.
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