California Western School of Law Reviews

  • 11 Reviews
  • San Diego (CA)
  • Annual Tuition: $32,550
50% of 11 students said this degree improved their career prospects
55% of 11 students said they would recommend this school to others
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  • Reviewed: 12/30/2023
  • Degree: Law
"Exemplifies mediocrity in the teaching of law. The likelihood of passing the bar is low. The likelihood of finding a meaningful job is even lower. Frankly, Cal Western is the laughingstock in San Diego and southern California. Plan on holding a job as paper shuffler or gofer at some government agencies. Of course, you'll be paid accordingly - i.e. abysmally. My suggestion - go any place else."
  • Reviewed: 9/23/2023
  • Degree: Law
"Look elsewhere for an education, look to CWSL for a piece of paper saying you have an education. The school is mostly interested in collecting tuition. One or two Professors are excellent. The others spend more class time speaking about how accomplished they are in their personal lives than the actual subject matter."
  • Reviewed: 1/14/2018
  • Degree: Law
"They have the rudest people at this school. Please do your research before deciding to come here. I knew from their ranking that the quality of academic is not going to be good but I did not expect this level of unhelpful, rude and discouraging behavior from the staff."
Female Graduate, Age 26
  • Reviewed: 1/3/2017
  • Degree: Law
"Although I received a significant legal education from this school, I did not receive much else other than a degree. There were a few professors that were wonderful but overall, the staff was not culturally competent and not trauma-informed. I think the teaching strategies and mindset about student success need to be drastically changed if the school hopes to foster the most ethical, competent lawyers for generations to come."
Taylor Williams
  • Reviewed: 11/24/2015
  • Degree: Law
"Pursuing a JD is hard work but California Western makes it a positive experience. The financial burden is heavy, but don't let that stop you from getting a JD. The pro is that you will be able to pay off your student loans in no time. It's three long years but the reward far exceeds the struggle."
Lyric Buckner
  • Reviewed: 7/24/2014
  • Degree: Law
"I think the school should give out more financial aid to those in need. Law school is extremely expensive. I loved the campus and the faculty I have met. I am excited to go here."
Veronica McKnight
  • Reviewed: 2/8/2014
  • Degree: Law
"California Western offers me a wide range of programs while competing with unique and bright individuals. While only a tier-four school, California Western has challenged me to be the best lawyer possible by emphasizing practice and practical training rather than theoretical studying. The professors are extremely accessible and I believe this school will turn me into a high quality attorney."
Dominique Moshier
  • Reviewed: 5/1/2013
  • Degree: Law
"Going to Law School is a huge commitment, but once you make that commitment, CWSL is an amazing choice. From faculty support to networking opportunities, CWSL is all around an amazing program focused on student success."
Dominique Moshier
  • Reviewed: 3/7/2013
  • Degree: Law
"California Western School of Law consistently has one of the highest bar passage ratings in California."
Jasleen Bhardwaj
  • Reviewed: 2/17/2013
  • Degree: Law
"The pros are that California Western is in a great location and the facility is very supportive in helping their students succeed both during and after law school. However, they have a harsh grading curve. The highest score you can get on an exam is 95%. They say the reason is because one of the former deeds said "no law students can ever be 100% correct."Thus, no matter how well you do on your exams, you will always be bumped back a couple percentage points."
Jessica Porter
  • Reviewed: 1/1/2013
  • Degree: Law
"I really enjoy my classes, and am excited to start learning torts in this upcoming semester. The law library is great and the staff is very helpful. Career services is eager to get students started on looking for legal experience. Security guards are visible around campus. Parking is not offered so students either need to pay daily or park far from campus. The coursework for my first week of law school was intense. The schedule for part time students is not flexible, which makes it difficult for a student like me who has a family and a full time job."