Catalog07 _08-34_ by MarijanStefanovic


									2007 - 2008
       2007 - 2008

  the Santa Barbara
      & Ventura
   colleges of law
   The Mission of the Colleges is to
provide a high quality legal education
through an affordable, part-time pro-
gram, leading to the award of a Juris
Doctor degree and academic eligibility
to take the California State Bar Exami-
nation. Founded in 1969 to provide an
opportunity for men and women of all
ages, backgrounds, and life experiences
to enter the legal profession, the Colleges
seek to develop graduates who will be
competent practitioners dedicated to the
high level of ethics, professional respon-
sibility, and civic duty our society expects
of lawyers.
   Whether your goal is to practice law as
a private practitioner or as a government
or corporate employee, to advance in
your current profession, or to continue
your education in an exciting and chal-
lenging curriculum, the Administration
and Faculty of the Santa Barbara and
Ventura Colleges of Law are committed
to assisting you in reaching your goal.

RESERVATION OF RIGHTS                                 GENERAL INFORMATION	                                         2
    This catalog is a general source of information   					Accreditation & Memberships; Our Communities
for prospective students. It does not constitute a
contract between the Santa Barbara and Ventura        THE STUDY OF LAW	
Colleges of Law and any applicant, student, or        					State Bar Requirements; Law School Instruction;
graduate. The Colleges of Law reserves the right to
                                                           Law Libraries & Computer Labs
change any of its policies as it deems necessary or
                                                      ADMISSIONS	                                                  6
                                                      						Criteria; Categories

                                                      APPLICATION PROCESS	                                         8

                                                      FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
                                                      						Payment Options; Scholarships & Awards

                                                      CURRICULUM & COURSES	                                        12
                                                      						Degree Requirements; Legal Internship; Certificates
                                                               of Concentration

                                                      STUDENT SERVICES                        	                    14
                                                      						On-line Access; Student Support; Student Activities

                                                      TRUSTEES & FACULTY                                           16
                                                      INSERTS IN BACK POCKET
                                                      						Introduction by the President & Dean
                                                      						Financial Information
                                                      						Academic Calendar

                                                      						Academic Program Alternatives
                                                      						Application for Admission
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                    GENERAL INFORMATION
                   History                                                                 A C C R E DI TAT ION A N D
                                                                                           M E M B E RS H I P S
                       The Santa Barbara and Ventura Colleges of Law is a non-profit
                   educational institution with two campuses, the Santa Barbara               Both the Ventura and the Santa Barbara campuses have been
                   College of Law and the Ventura College of Law.                          accredited by the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of
                      The Ventura campus was founded in 1969 by a group of local           California for over 25 years.
                   attorneys and judges who sought to provide an opportunity for              The Colleges are founding members of the Association of
                   local residents to obtain law degrees without leaving their homes       California Accredited Law Schools (CALS), an organization repre-
                   and jobs in Ventura County. Similarly, the Santa Barbara campus         senting the eighteen law schools accredited by the State Bar of
                   was founded in 1975 by a Santa Barbara attorney wishing to              California.
                   enable residents of Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties            In keeping with our mission to offer high quality, affordable legal
                   to attend law school on the Central Coast. The two schools              education, the Colleges have not sought, nor do they intend to seek,
                   merged in 1978. Since the first graduating class in 1973, over          approval or accreditation by the American Bar Association.
                   1,600 men and women have earned their law degrees through
                   the Colleges’ part-time evening program.                                C u r r ic u lum
                                                                                              The Colleges offer a part-time evening program which, at the
                                                                                           student’s election, takes 3-1/2 to 4-1/2 years to complete. The
                                                                                           program requires attendance three evenings per week, from
                                                                                           6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., during the regular academic year, with
                                                                                           more flexible scheduling available during summer sessions.
                                                                                              The curriculum integrates traditional legal education (class-
                                                                                           room lecture and case study) with practical training courses,
                                                                                           providing students with a broad-based legal education.
                                                                                           Fundamental skills, such as legal research, writing, and oral
                                                                                           advocacy, are emphasized throughout the curriculum.

                   The Santa Barbara campus                                                P h i lo s op h y of A dm i s s ion s
                                                                                              The Santa Barbara and Ventura Colleges of Law is committed to
                                                                                           providing the opportunity for a legal education to all qualified
                                                                                           applicants. The Colleges do not discriminate on the basis of race,
                                                                                           color, creed, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, religion, disability,
                                                                                           marital status, sexual orientation, or political preference.

                   The Ventura campus

                   				“I	would	never	have	believed	when	I	started	law	school	that	I	would	be	where	I	am	today.	If	there	had	
                   not	been	a	local	law	school	that	I	could	attend	at	night,	law	school	would	not	have	been	a	possibility	for	
                   me.	Thank	you,	Santa	Barbara	and	Ventura	Colleges	of	Law”

                                                                                       –Rebecca Riley, Class of 1984, Superior Court Judge, County of Ventura

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P rofile of Student Body                                                        A LUMNI P ROFILES
    Current combined enrollment is approximately 250 students.
The Colleges take pride in the diversity of the student body,                      Alfred Vargas received a BA in English from UC Santa
                                                                              Barbara and thereafter worked with the District Attorney’s
which is comprised of people from all walks of life. The majority
                                                                              Office, Child Support Division. His supervisor, Deputy Dis-
of students at the Colleges are working adults; some are                      trict Attorney Pam Grossman, encouraged
employed in law-related fields, but most have other backgrounds.              him to attend law school and suggested her
Many students are returning to school after a number of years away            alma mater, Ventura College of Law, which
                                                                              was located literally across the street from
from academic pursuits, while some come to the Colleges                       the DA’s office.
immediately after pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees.                       During law school, Alfred focused his
    Enrollment is almost evenly divided between men and                       studies on appellate work. He received
women, and includes a growing number of students from groups                  honors recognition for his participation in
                                                                              the Justice Abbe Moot Court competition
traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession. Both cam-             before the Second District, Division Six, of
puses are accessible to students with physical disabilities, with             the Court of Appeal. He also qualified to be-
handicapped parking adjacent to both law school buildings.                    come a certified law student and, as part of
                                                                              the College’s legal internship program, argued a pro bono
                                                                              case before a three-judge panel in the Ninth Circuit Court
O u r Communities                                                             of Appeal.
   Our campuses are located in two of California’s most beautiful                  Alfred’s proudest moment was being sworn in as an at-
                                                                              torney by fellow Ventura College of Law graduate, Judge
coastal communities, established during the Spanish Mission-                  David Long, one of his role models.
building period. Both small cities boast scenic harbors, year-                      Alfred currently enjoys working in a small, specialized
round Mediterranean climate, renowned examples of classic                     appellate firm in Ventura. He is active in the Ventura Coun-
                                                                              ty Bar Association, and has served as President of Barris-
Spanish-style architecture, and expanding economies.
                                                                              ters and co-editor of VCBA’s CITATIONS magazine. He is
   Each campus is part of a close-knit legal community where an               a member of the Jerome H. Berenson Inn of Court and a
atmosphere of professionalism and civility prevails. The Colleges’            Street Law Program lecturer.
students are welcomed into the local bar associations, and some                     When reflecting on his law school experience, Alfred
                                                                              says that if he had to do it all over again, he would have
work side-by-side with local attorneys in various law-related pro-            purchased TiVo to record the Star Trek episodes he occa-
grams, such as Pro Bono Family Law and Self-Help projects, the local          sionally missed.
Inn of the American Inns of Court, and the Constitutional Rights
Foundation’s High School Mock Trial Program. Internship                           Tania Partida started work in the criminal division of the
                                                                              Santa Barbara Superior Court at the age of 17. Her posi-
opportunities at the Court of Appeal, the Superior Courts in
                                                                              tion gave her the opportunity to sit in during trials. She was
Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo Counties, with City                inspired by her experience working in the legal field. After

                                                                                                                                               IN FO R MATI O N
government offices and other public agencies, and with public benefit         graduating from the University of California, Santa Barbara
non-profit legal organizations are numerous. Employment opportu-              with a Bachelor of Arts in Law and Society, Tania thought
nities for students as law clerks in local law offices are often available.   some world experience would be beneficial.
                                                                                   Born and raised in Santa Barbara, Tania wanted to give
                                                                              back to the community. After graduation she worked with
    The Santa Barbara College of Law campus is located in                     victims of domestic violence, fueling her desire to become
the heart of the downtown area, 1/2 block off State Street, the city’s        an attorney. She furthered her community work as a drug
main thoroughfare. On-street parking is convenient with additional            and alcohol counselor at Zona Seca. Tania then made her
                                                                              decision to attend Santa Barbara College of Law. She states
parking available in the city lot adjacent to the College.
                                                                              she chose the College not only because it allowed her to
                                                                              continue to work full time at Zona Seca and attend school
   The Ventura College of Law campus is located three blocks                  in the evenings, but also because many successful Deputy
south of the 101 Freeway and approximately one and one-half miles             District Attorneys in town graduated from the College – and
                                                                                                                                               GE N E RAL

from the Ventura County Government Center, where the Ventura                  she very much wanted to be a prosecutor with the District
                                                                                                      Attorney’s Office.
County Superior Court and the County Law Library are situated.                                            Tania graduated from law school in
There is ample free parking on campus.                                                                January 2004 and took the Bar Exam
                                                                                                      in July, passing on the first attempt.
                                                                                                      She is currently employed as a Dep-
                                                                                                      uty District Attorney for the County
                                                                                                      of Sonoma. Her future goal is to gain
                                                                                                      more experience as a prosecutor and
                                                                                                      ultimately to become a Judge.

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            THE STUDY OF L AW
            State Bar Requirements                                                      Importance of Writing Skills
            Admission	to	practice	law	in	California                                         The study and the practice of law require good writing skills. Even
                Graduates of the Colleges are academically qualified to take the        good writers are challenged by the demands of legal writing. Individ-
            Bar Examination in California.                                              uals concerned about their writing skills should consider enhancing
               Admission to the practice of law within the State of Calfornia is        their knowledge by taking a college-level English composition course
            governed by the Office of Admissions of the State Bar. After commenc-       prior to enrolling at the Colleges of Law. In addition, or as an alterna-
            ing law study in California, law students must register with the State      tive, numerous self-study texts addressing the principles of good
            within the time required by the State Bar Rules. Registration forms         writing are available. Two short books widely available in bookstores
            are available on-line at the State Bar website,          are Style: Ten Lessons in Clarity and Grace by Joseph M. Williams
               Those wishing to practice law in California must comply with the         and The Elements of Style by William Strunk and E.B. White.
            “Rules Regulating Admission to Practice Law in California,” copies
            of which may be obtained from the State Bar. Additional information         Law School Instruction
            about State Bar requirements is also contained in the Colleges’ Policy
                                                                                            At the Colleges, the primary method of instruction is classroom
                                                                                        lecture and discussion, with emphasis on the “case study” method,
                                                                                        sometimes called the Socratic method. Under this method, students
            Admission	to	practice	law	outside	California
                                                                                        prepare for class by reading, analyzing, and “briefing” court opinions
                Graduates of the Colleges desiring to practice law in states other
                                                                                        in actual cases. “Briefing” is a process of taking notes on various
            than California should be aware that most states require gradua-
                                                                                        aspects of each opinion, such as the facts, reasoning, and decision
            tion from a law school approved or accredited by the American Bar
                                                                                        reached by the court which issued the opinion.
            Association or approved or accredited by the state supreme court or
                                                                                           During class, the instructor and students engage in a dialogue
            examining committee as a prerequisite to taking the bar examination
                                                                                        about these “briefed” cases to enable the students to understand the
            in that state.
                                                                                        legal principles upon which the courts relied in reaching their deci-
               Study at, or graduation from, this law school may not qualify
                                                                                        sions. The instructor may also pose hypothetical variations on the
            a student to take the bar examination in other states or satisfy the
                                                                                        facts of a particular case, to explore with the class whether the court’s
            requirements to practice law in other states. Therefore, if a student in-
                                                                                        conclusion would change if the facts were different. From such dis-
            tends to seek admission to practice law in a state other than California,
                                                                                        cussions, students come to understand both principles of substantive
            the student should contact the admitting authority in that state for
                                                                                        law and analytical techniques for resolving new legal problems.
            information regarding the legal education requirements for admis-
                                                                                           Students also receive instruction in a variety of practical skills,

            sion to practice law.
                                                                                        including legal research and writing, client counseling, trial practice,
            State	Bar	Offices                                                           negotiation, and alternative methods of dispute resolution. These
                The offices of the State Bar of California are located at 1149 South    courses largely emphasize “learning by doing,” providing students
            Hill Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015, (213) 765-1000 and at 180 Howard        the opportunity to develop their skills by performing tasks which are

            Street, San Francisco, CA 94105, (415) 538-2000. The State Bar’s            routinely undertaken by practicing attorneys. Most classes involve
            website is                                               hypothetical problems, but every student at the Colleges participates
                                                                                        in assisting attorneys with actual legal problems while completing

                                                                                        the one-unit Legal Internship requirement.

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Class Attendance/Students’ role                                                R ECENT G RADUATES
    Students are expected to attend all regularly scheduled class ses-
sions. The Committee of Bar Examiners requires at least 1200 hours                Rob DuBoux was the first in his imme-
                                                                             diate family to graduate from college. After
of study in residence to meet the legal educational requirements
                                                                             receiving his BS degree in Civil Engineering
to sit for the Bar Examination and to be certified to practice law in        from California State Polytechnic University
California.                                                                  San Luis Obispo, he obtained his profes-
    Under the Colleges’ policies, excessive absences in any course           sional engineering license. He has success-
(more than one missed class for each course credit) may cause a stu-         fully designed and managed several civil
dent to be administratively withdrawn. In addition, an overall pattern       engineering projects throughout Ventura
of absences which is abusive or excessive may subject the student to
                                                                                 After eleven years of engineering experi-
administrative discipline, including probation or dismissal. A student       ence, Rob was ready to go back to school
will be deemed present only if he or she attends substantially the           to obtain an advanced degree. He contem-
entire class and is prepared to participate.                                 plated obtaining a masters degree in business administra-
    The ultimate responsibility for developing legal knowledge and           tion or construction management.
skills rests with the student. It is the student’s obligation to carefully        However, it was the legal profession that caught his at-
                                                                             tention. Rob attended construction law seminars and was
complete course assignments and to attend classes fully prepared
                                                                             involved with defending several construction claims. In the
to participate in discussion and other class activity. The student’s         end, the fact that he loves to argue with contractors con-
enthusiasm and preparation will heavily influence the quality of the         vinced him to pursue a law degree.
experience at this or any other law school.                                     Rob chose Ventura College of Law because of the school’s
    In general, we find that our students bring to their studies not only    flexibility and location. He continued practicing civil engi-
the maturity and background knowledge which comes from varied                neering and was able to spend more time at home with his
                                                                             new baby and still attend classes and study.
life experiences, but a level of dedication and commitment which en-
                                                                                 Rob found that law school increased his confidence and
ables them to succeed despite the challenges of law school. It is these      taught him to analyze situations not only from an engineer’s
qualities which carry them through the study of law and, ultimately,         perspective but from a legal viewpoint as well. Now, Rob is
into successful law practice.                                                able to give his clients several different methods to solve a
Law Libraries/Computer CEnter
                                                                                Gina Britt was raised in Oxnard and was an honor student
    Each campus has a law library to serve the needs of students,            at Oxnard High School. Taking advantage of the affordabil-
faculty and staff. The library collections include federal and Cali-         ity of the local community college system, she earned an
                                                                             AA in English from Oxnard College with High Honors. She
fornia cases and statutes, legal encyclopedias, digests, periodicals,
                                                                             then transferred to California State University Northridge
treatises, practice guides and other legal references. Prior years’ exam

                                                                                                                                              L A W
                                                                             and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in English
materials are available to students through TWEN®. A law librarian           while working full-time as a waitress to fund her education
is available to provide regularly scheduled reference assistance.            and living expenses. Her love of learning and her father’s
    Each library includes a copier, scanner and a computer center            encouragement motivated her to try law school as her next
with work stations where students may access Westlaw®, Loislaw®,             academic challenge.

                                                                                                                                              O F
                                                                                 Attendance at Ventura College of Law allowed Gina to
the internet, Wordperfect® and MS Word®. The libraries provide
                                                                             continue working full-time while gaining legal experience
convenient access to legal materials for students in research inten-         through an internship project in which she assisted an in-
sive courses and a quiet place to study. Students may also access the        carcerated felon in appealing his conviction. The internship     S T U D Y
secure wireless network from anywhere on campus.                             allowed her the opportunity to gain insights into the appel-
                                                                             late process in the area of criminal law and provided invalu-
                                                                                                     able real life legal experience.
                         LIBRARY HOURS
                                                                                                          Ventura College of Law was an-
     Mon & Thur              9:30am - 6:30pm             (SB & V)
                                                                                                     other step in what Gina hopes will be
     Tue                     9:30am - 6:30pm             (SB)
                             9:30am - 9:30pm             (V)                                         a lifelong educational journey. She
     Wed                     9:30am - 9:30pm             (SB)                                        plans to continue her literary studies
                                                                                                                                              T H E

                             9:30am - 6:30pm             (V)                                         at CSUN. Ultimately, she would like
     Sat & Sun              10:00am - 4:00pm             (SB & V)                                    to be a published writer as well as
                                                                                                     an attorney.

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                        A D M I S S I O N S
                         The Colleges admit students to begin law studies in either early            * has at least two years of study (minimum of 60 semester
                      March (Spring admission) or mid August (Fall admission).                          or 90 quarter units)
                                                                                                     * AND the college or university where the student earned
                      ADMISSIONS CRITERIA                                                               the degree or units is a qualified institution under the
                                                                                                        Rules Regulating Accreditation of Law Schools in California.
                           Applications are reviewed individually by the Admissions Com-           Please contact the Admissions Office regarding your eligibility if
                      mittee, and members of each entering class are selected based on a        you do not have a bachelor’s or associate’s degree.
                      number of factors.                                                            An applicant will ordinarily be considered for admission as a
                          The Committee evaluates the traditional criteria for law school       regular student if the applicant has:
                      admission, including academic grade point averages and, in some              • a bachelor’s degree WITH a minimum 2.7 cumulative grade
                      cases, LSAT scores. Other considerations such as the applicant’s life     point average (GPA) OR a score on the Law School Admission Test
                      experience, maturity, moral character, employment or volunteer            (LSAT) normally in the 50th percentile or above; or
                      experience, and ability to communicate may weigh heavily in the              • an associate’s degree with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA OR
                      admissions decision. All admissions decisions, including the award        a score on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) normally in the
                      of transfer credit, are within the sole discretion of the Colleges.       50th percentile or above.
                                                                                                   Applicants not meeting the above criteria will be considered by the
                      ADMISSIONS DECISIONS                                                      Admissions Committee on a case by case basis. However, applicants
                                                                                                without a bachelor’s degree and with a GPA of less than 2.5 will
                          Admissions to the Colleges are made on a “rolling” basis. Shortly     be considered only if they have a LSAT score normally in the 50th
                      after the Admissions Committee receives an applicant’s completed          percentile or above. Applicants with a cumulative GPA of less than 2.0
                      application file, the applicant will be notified in writing of the        are not eligible for admission.
                      Committee’s decision. The Colleges seek to admit students from
                      diverse backgrounds, to promote understanding in the classroom,           ADMISSIONS CATEGORY 2:
                      and to broaden the opportunity for access to the legal profession.        THE SPECIAL STUDENT
                      Applications to the Colleges are considered on a case-by-case basis.
                      Acceptance is not guaranteed merely because an applicant meets the            State Bar regulations permit the admission of a limited number
                      minimum admission requirements.                                           of applicants who do not meet the academic requirements for regular
                          In keeping with its mission to provide access to the legal profes-    student admission. Prospective students who are at least 21 years old
                      sion, the Colleges encourage all qualified applicants to apply. Subject   are eligible to apply for admission as “special students.” In addition
                      to space availability, students will be admitted until shortly before a   to submitting the materials required of all applicants, an applicant in
                      semester begins.                                                          the special student category must provide the following:
                                                                                                    • a minimum score on the LSAT in the 50th percentile or
                      ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS                                                   above; and
                                                                                                    • scores of at least “50” on each of three College Level Exami-
                          The Colleges admit students in three admissions categories, as de-    nation Program (CLEP) tests. The English Composition or English
                      fined by the State Bar of California. These categories are based upon     Composition with essay test is required in addition to two of these

                      differences in applicants’ academic backgrounds.                          general CLEP tests: Humanities, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, or
                                                                                                Social Sciences/History; and:
                      ADMISSIONS CATEGORY 1:                                                        • two letters of recommendation; and
                      THE REGULAR STUDENT                                                           • a personal interview with the Dean.
                                                                                                    After completing the first-year curriculum, each special student is
                         The regular student applicant has:
                                                                                                required to take the State Bar’s First-Year Law Students’ Examination
                         • a bachelor’s degree; or
                                                                                                (FYLSX). Under state law, a special student who does not pass the ex-
                         • an associate’s degree with an academic major; or
                                                                                                amination may continue law studies, but failure to pass by the third
                         • in some circumstances, a student may be admissible as a
                           regular student if the student                                       consecutive administration of the test will result in loss of academic
                                                                                                credit and dismissal from the Colleges.

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ADMISSIONS CATEGORY 3:                                                       • if the applicant received a grade of “C” or higher on the State
THE TRANSFER STUDENT                                                      Bar’s First-Year Law Students’ Examination (FYLSX) and,
    An applicant who has attended another law school is subject to           • for subjects tested on the FYLSX.
specific requirements which vary depending on the applicant’s                 An applicant who lacks good standing or is not eligible to
academic status at the prior law school.                                  continue without condition at another law school must be approved
    A “transfer student” applicant must meet the requirements set         for admission by both the Admissions and the Academic Standards
forth above for admission as either a “regular” or “special” student.     Committees. Such admission is rarely granted. Please contact the
At least 60 days before the semester for which admission is sought,       Admissions Office for further information.
the “transfer student” applicant must submit the application
materials required of all prospective students and, in addition, must
submit transcripts from all law schools previously attended.

     Admission with advanced standing will be considered
when no more than two academic years have elapsed since the ap-
plicant was enrolled at the prior school. Thereafter, the applicant may
be admitted without transfer credit as a beginning student.
Due to the cyclic nature of the Colleges’ course offerings, a transfer                                                                           A D M I S S I O N S
student admitted with advanced standing will be allowed to begin
enrollment only in a Summer session or Fall semester.
    An applicant in good standing at a prior law school seeking trans-
fer credit must provide a letter from the Dean of the prior law school,
stating that the applicant was a student in good standing and eligible
without condition to continue law studies.
    An applicant from an accredited law school may be admitted with
transfer credit for courses successfully completed at the prior law
school, up to a maximum of 48 semester units.
    An applicant from an unaccredited law school or correspondence
law school may be admitted with transfer credit only:

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                        A P P L IC AT IO N P R O C E S S
                        APPLICATION CHECKLIST                                               APPLICATION & FEE
                            Prospective students are encouraged to confer with a member         An application form is enclosed in the back pocket of this
                        of our Admissions Office staff, in person or by telephone, to       catalog or can be downloaded from the Colleges’ websites,
                        discuss any questions relating to the application process. OR Please
                                                                                            answer all questions fully and truthfully. The required, non-
                        ALL APPLICANTS MUST SUBMIT                                          refundable $45 application fee must be included when
                        THESE ITEMS:                                                        submitting the application.
                             q A completed application form                                 PERSONAL STATEMENT
                             q A required, non-refundable application fee of $45
                             q A personal statement of three pages in length                    Each applicant is required to present to the Admissions
                             q Letter(s) of recommendation                                  Committee a three page, typed and double-spaced, personal
                               (one or two, depending on your admission category)           statement, detailing the applicant’s academic qualifications to
                             q Certified transcripts of academic work                       attend law school, work and life experiences relevant to the study
                             q Score on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), IF TAKEN      and practice of law, and reasons for wanting to attend law school.
                                                                                            This statement is an integral part of the application, and is used
                        SOME APPLICANTS MAY BE                                              by the Admissions Committee in evaluating the applicant’s
                        REQUIRED TO MEET ADDITIONAL                                         writing skills, motivation, and suitability for the study of law.
                         	 				                                                             LETTER(S) OF RECOMMENDATION
                        						Special	student	applicants	must:                                  Each applicant must provide one letter of recommendation from
                              q Submit scores from the Law School Admission Test (LSAT)     a person qualified to comment upon those traits which make the ap-
                                and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests          plicant a good candidate for law school. (A special student applicant
                              q Arrange for a personal interview                            must submit two letters.) The recommendation must be in the form
                                                                                            of an original letter addressed to the College, and should specifically

                        						Transfer	student	applicants	must:
                             q Submit letter of standing and unconditional eligibility to   address the applicant’s suitability for the study of law.
                                continue from the Dean of each prior law school                We suggest that you seek a recommendation from a supervisor
                                                                                            in paid or volunteer work, a former instructor, an attorney or
                                                                                            other legal professional, or another unrelated individual who
                                                                                            knows you well.

                                                                                               Transcripts are required in order to establish that an applicant

                                                                                            has met the pre-legal education prerequisites prior to beginning
                                                                                            studies at the Colleges, as required by the State Bar of California.
                                                                                            The Admissions Office will provide a preliminary evaluation of
                                                                                            academic qualifications based upon unofficial or “open” transcripts.
                                                                                            However, an application is not complete, and an applicant cannot be
                                                                                            admitted to the Colleges, until the Colleges receive certified (official)
                                                                                            transcripts in a sealed envelope from the school(s) where coursework
                                                                                            was attempted (as well as all other required documentation).

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                                                                           F ACULTY P ROFILES
   q Applicants	with	a	bachelor’s	degree must provide
     a certified transcript from the school awarding the degree               Lori A. Lewis teaches Wills & Trusts at the Santa
     and from any subsequent school, including law school,               Barbara campus and Estate Planning, an elective course,
     where course work was attempted or completed.                       at both campuses. Professor Lewis became interested in
                                                                         estate and conservatorship issues as an employee in the
   q Applicants	without	a	bachelor’s	degree must pro-                    trust department of a statewide bank. To gain the exper-
     vide a certified transcript from each college, university, and      tise needed to resolve the costly, emotionally-charged
                                                                         conflicts that sometimes arise over such issues, she
     law school attended.
                                                                         earned a J.D. at the Santa Barbara College of Law.
                                                                             Professor Lewis is now a partner with
   q Applicants	educated	outside	the	United	States,
                                                                         the Santa Barbara firm of Mullen & Hen-
    must provide an evaluation from a credential evaluation              zel, where she handles matters involving
     service which is a member of the National Association of            estate and tax planning, conservatorships,
     Credential Evaluation Services. The evaluation must be a            advanced health directives, and estate
    “detailed” report, combining general and course reports              and trust administration.
      by providing a categorized listing of courses with individual          In teaching Wills & Trusts, Professor
                                                                         Lewis’ focus is to sensitize students to the
      grade equivalents and overall grade point average. Please
                                                                         complex social issues related to mental
      be aware that foreign students are not eligible for student        health and testamentary conflicts, and to
      visas. Further information may be obtained from the                highlight connections between her course
      Admissions Office.                                                 and other courses such as Community Property, Real
                                                                         Property, and Remedies.
TEST SCORES                                                                  Professor Lewis shares her expertise with the Santa
                                                                         Barbara community, volunteering on boards and advisory
    Some applicants are required to submit scores from standard-         committees for a variety of organizations, including the
ized tests during the admission process to assist the Admissions         Community Counseling and Education Center, Legal Aid
Committee in evaluating the applicant’s suitability for the study        Foundation, Environmental Defense Center and Land
of law.                                                                  Trust for Santa Barbara County. She is certified by the
                                                                         State Bar of California as a Probate, Estate Planning and
    The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is a multiple-choice,
                                                                         Trust Law Specialist, and is also an adjunct faculty mem-
reasoning test given by a national testing service four times per        ber for UCSB Extension’s Certificate Programs in Legal
year. It is designed to measure aptitude for the study of law. In most                                Assistantship and Financial
cases, where potential for success at the Colleges is indicated by                                    Planning.
an applicant’s undergraduate record, work and life experiences,
                                                                                                     Judge Vincent J. O’Neill, Jr.

                                                                                                                                         P R O C E S S
a LSAT score is not required for admission. In other instances, an
                                                                                                     teaches the Criminal Law class
applicant must achieve a score on the LSAT normally in the 50th                                      to first year students at Ventura
percentile or above before the Admissions Committee will give fur-                                   College of Law.
ther consideration to an application. Because there is a correlation                                     The son of an FBI Agent,
between scores on the LSAT and law school grades, all applicants                                     Judge O’Neill graduated from
are encouraged to take this test.                                                                    UCLA School of Law and went
                                                                                                     to work in the criminal divi-
    College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests must be
                                                                                                     sion of the Attorney General’s
taken by applicants who have not completed enough undergradu-                                        Office in Los Angeles. Wanting
ate units to otherwise qualify for admission. Further information
                                                                                                                                         A P P L I C A T I O N
                                                                         more trial experience, in 1979 he moved to the Ventura
on these college-equivalency tests is available at the Administration    County District Attorney’s Office and later was named
Office.                                                                  Chief Deputy District Attorney. He was appointed to the
                                                                         Ventura County Municipal Court in 1992 and in 1995 was
PERSONAL INTERVIEW                                                       elevated to the Superior Court, where he handles both
                                                                         civil and criminal calendars and trials.
   At the discretion of the Admissions Committee, an applicant               Judge O’Neill is the author of O’Neill’s California Con-
may be asked to meet with a member of the Committee for a                fession Law, published by Thomson-West since 1993.
personal interview or required to take a College-administered                Judge O’Neill’s students appreciate his background in
writing examination.                                                     criminal law. As one said, he is “able to translate complex
                                                                         criminal situations into plain English for us.”

                                                                                          Colleges       of   l aw 2007- 2 0 0 8            9
                       FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
                      PAYMENT OPTIONS                                                          SCHOLARSHIPS & AWARDS
                         Through	the	Colleges	of	Law                                           					Trustees’	Scholarships
                          Students are permitted to pay their tuition over the course of       					Trustees’ Admissions Scholarships of $1,000 may be awarded to
                      the entire semester or session under the Colleges’ Deferred Tuition      two first year students at each campus on the basis of scores on the
                      Payment Program. For an administrative fee, students may make            Law School Admission Test. The Board of Trustees may also award
                      monthly payments of tuition. Non-tuition based fees must be paid in      Trustees’ Scholarships of up to $2,500. Applications are open to
                      full at the beginning of each semester or session. Further information   students who have completed first, second, or third year classes at the
                      about the deferred payment program is located in the back pocket of      Colleges of Law. Awards are based on merit and/or financial need.
                      this catalog under “Financial Information” and in each semester’s or      	 			
                      session’s registration materials.                                        						Dean	Richard	Goldman	Scholarship
                                                                                                   This scholarship was established in 2006 by private benefactors to
                      					Loan	Programs                                                       honor the memory of the late Richard Goldman, who served as Dean
                          Attendance at the Colleges may qualify a student to participate in   of the Colleges from 2001 to 2006.
                      alternative private loan programs. Please contact the Administration
                      Office for more information. Students attending the Colleges are not     					Law	School	Book	Award
                      eligible for federally insured student aid or grants.                        Each year, the student in each class year with the highest cumula-
                                                                                               tive grade point average as of the end of the preceding academic year
                      					Veterans’	Benefits                                                  will receive a book scholarship of $500 from the Colleges.
                          Eligible veterans may qualify to receive benefits for study at the
                      Colleges.                                                                					Alumni	Scholarship	Fund
                                                                                                  Two $250 scholarships are awarded to fourth year students based
                                                                                               on academic standing.

                                                                                                   McMahon	Justice	Scholarship
                                                                                                   Honoring the memory of the late Patrick L. McMahon, Judge of
                                                                                               the Santa Barbara Superior Court, this scholarship was established
                                                                                               by a private benefactor. Students who are sworn peace officers or who
                                                                                               work in fields related to law enforcement may apply.

10                      T h e s a n Ta B a r B a r a      and     VenTura
                                                                           A LUMNI P ROFILES
					Emergency	Child	Care	Grants
    Students who need financial assistance to help cover the costs           Joseph John Beltran, being bilingual, has been able to
of unanticipated child care may apply to the Dean, in writing, for       use his law degree from Ventura College of Law to help the
assistance.                                                              Spanish-speaking community of Ventura County, where his
                                                                         private practice is located. He focuses his energies on family
					Legal	Community	Scholarships                                        law, personal injury and civil litigation.
    Scholarships are offered to law students by local legal organiza-        In addition to serving his clients,
tions, including the Ventura County Mexican American Bar Associa-        Joe volunteers with the Ventura
tion, Ventura County Asian American Bar Association, Santa Barbara       County Pro Bono Program and as a
Women Lawyers, and Delta Theta Phi law fraternity.                       Teen Court Judge. He is an active
    Each year the Foundation of the State Bar of California offers       member of the Ventura County Bar
scholarships to law students, in amounts up to $7,500. Preference is     Association, is a past president of the
given to those who have completed the first year with at least a 2.5     Ventura County Mexican-American
                                                                         Bar Association and served on the
GPA and have demonstrated a commitment to public service.
                                                                         Board of Trustees of the Santa Bar-
                                                                         bara and Ventura Colleges of Law.
					Local	Community	Scholarships
                                                                            Joe enjoys speaking to students at
    The Ventura Center for Dispute Settlement awards two scholar-
                                                                         elementary, intermediate, and high
ships to its annual four-day negotiation and dispute resolution semi-
                                                                         schools in Ventura County about
nar to students of the Colleges. Other community organizations also      choosing a career in law. He sees a tremendous need for
provide scholarships for which the Colleges’ students may be eligible,   more Spanish-speaking attorneys in Ventura County.
including the Santa Barbara Foundation, Santa Barbara Scholarship
Foundation, Ventura CPA/Law Society, and Ventura County Com-                 Patty Dark is one of many graduates of The Santa Bar-
munity Foundation, which administers the Sara Moody Scholarship          bara and Ventura Colleges of Law who did not have a law-
Fund and Roy A. Gustafson Memorial Scholarship Fund. For details,        related employment background prior to beginning law
consult the designated Scholarship Bulletin Board located at each        school. Admitted without a bachelor’s degree, she gradu-
campus.                                                                  ated second in her class and passed the California Bar Ex-
                                                                         amination on her first attempt. She is currently employed as
					Legal	Publisher’s	Awards                                            a Deputy Public Defender for the County of Santa Barbara.

                                                                                                                                          A S S I S T A N C E
    The Witkin Institute presents certificates to the top-ranked stu-       Patty encourages other working, commuting students to
dent in qualifying courses in recognition of California’s preeminent                                     take advantage of the part-
                                                                                                         time program offered by the
legal scholar, Bernard E. Witkin.
                                                                                                         Colleges. She especially val-
                                                                                                         ued her participation in the
                                                                                                         Legal Internship program,
                                                                                                         which gave her the oppor-
                                                                                                         tunity to work on a first-de-
				“I	couldn’t	be	happier	with	the	way	things	have	                                                     gree homicide case at the
                                                                                                         Santa Barbara County Public
worked	out.	Santa	Barbara	College	of	Law	did	a	                                                          Defender’s Office. Patty is a
great	job	preparing	me	for	the	legal	world”                                                              past president of the Santa
                                                                                                                                          F I N A N C I A L
                                                                                                         Barbara campus Alumni Ad-
                                                                                                         visory Board.
–Aaron B. Smith, Class of 2004, Attorney at Law, Santa Maria, CA

                                                                                          Colleges        of   l aw 2007- 2 0 0 8         11
                      CURRICULUM & COURSES
                      DEGREE REQUIREMENTS                                                      requirements at the end of either the Fall or Spring semester of the
                                                                                               fourth year curriculum. See the Academic Program Alternatives
                         Successful completion of 84 semester units is required to
                                                                                               pocket-part insert at the back of this catalog.
                      receive the Juris Doctor degree.
                                                                                                   The student’s decision about when he or she intends to complete
                      HOURLY REQUIREMENTS                                                      the program will dictate how many elective units must be taken dur-
                                                                                               ing Summer sessions. Although it is the student’s personal respon-
                          Each unit of credit ordinarily requires 15 clock hours of            sibility to plan his or her own program, administrative staff at each
                      instruction; to complete the degree requires 1260 clock hours of         campus is available to assist in program planning.
                      instruction, or its equivalent as determined by the College.                To meet requirements for graduation and minimum course load, a
                         Lecture Courses. Most regularly scheduled courses meet                student may need to complete more than 84 units, as the Colleges do
                      once per week for three hours. Usually two to three hours of outside     not give partial course credit.
                      preparation are expected for each hour of class time.
                         Legal Internship. Sixty-five hours of work are required to            REQUIRED and ELECTIVE COURSES
                      earn each unit of Legal Internship credit. Students may elect to
                                                                                                   The Colleges offer a carefully planned curriculum of required and
                      earn up to six units of credit in a variety of Legal Internship learn-
                                                                                               elective courses. Most required courses are offered in a set pattern
                      ing experiences. (See below)
                                                                                               during the academic year (Fall/Spring semesters) and emphasize
                      CLASS SCHEDULING                                                         traditional core subjects, including all subjects tested on the Califor-
                                                                                               nia Bar Examination. Two required practical skills courses are offered
                          The Colleges operate on a semester system, with two 15-week          during Summer session: Legal Research and Advanced Legal Writing.
                      semesters (plus study and examination weeks) offered in the Fall         These courses are offered every Summer. Legal Research must be
                      and Spring and a 10-week required Summer session.                        completed before advancing to the third year. Also offered during
                         During the regular Fall/Spring academic year, a student               Summer sessions is a wide range of elective courses focused primar-

                      must enroll in nine units each semester (exclusive of any Legal          ily on areas of legal practice. Following successful completion of the
                      Internship units). A student who begins law studies in the Spring        Legal Research course, each student must complete one unit of Legal
                      (March) enrolls in only six units that semester.                         Internship.
                          Santa Barbara Campus. During Fall and Spring semesters,
                      regularly scheduled classes at the Santa Barbara campus meet on            LEGAL INTERNSHIP
                      Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings from 6:30 p.m.
                                                                                                     To provide our students with practical experience, the Colleges
                      until 9:30 p.m.
                                                                                                 offer academic credit for participation in the Legal Internship
                         Ventura Campus. During Fall and Spring semesters, regu-
                                                                                                 program. Students have the opportunity to learn by doing, as they

                      larly scheduled classes at the Ventura campus meet on Monday,
                                                                                                 interview clients, prepare legal documents, perform legal research,
                      Wednesday, and Thursday evenings from 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m.
                                                                                                 or assist in trial preparation under the supervision of judges or
                         Summer Sessions. During the Summer, students take re-
                                                                                                 experienced attorneys. Third or fourth year students may also apply

                      quired and elective courses. Elective courses may be taken at either
                                                                                                 for certification under the Rules for the Practical Training of Law
                      campus. Summer session classes are offered Monday through
                                                                                                 Students of the State Bar of California. The Rules permit students
                      Thursday evenings, from 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. Some elective
                                                                                                 to give legal advice and appear in court when under the direct
                      courses may be held during the day on Saturdays and, on occa-
                                                                                                 supervision of a qualified attorney.
                      sion, Sundays.
                                                                                                    As a requirement for graduation from the Colleges, each student
                                                                                                 must earn at least one unit of academic credit in the Legal Intern-
                      LENGTH OF PROGRAM
                                                                                                 ship program. Up to six (one required and five elective) credits may
                         A student may choose to start the program in either the Fall            be earned. Students are eligible for Legal Internship after success-
                      (August) or Spring (March) semester, and to complete degree                fully completing their first year coursework and Legal Research.

12                      T h e s a n Ta B a r B a r a      and     VenTura
Certificates of Concentration                                            Elective COURSEs

   The Colleges offer students the opportunity to earn a Certificate          (Partial List)
of Concentration in one of four areas: Business Law, Criminal Law,       Accounting for Lawyers (2 units)
Family Law, and Estate Planning. To earn a certificate, a student        Administrative Law (2 units)
must, in addition to completing the law program:                         Advanced Evidence (3 units)
   1) complete, with a grade of “Pass” or higher, 10 units of elective   Agency (2 units)
       courses qualified for credit toward that concentration, and       Alternative Dispute Resolution (2 units)
   2) submit a Petition for Certificate of Concentration form.           Bankruptcy Law (2 units)
   A student who elects to earn a certificate can demonstrate a          Business Planning (2 units)
higher level of interest and competence in a specific practice area,     Civil Law and Motion Practice (2 units)
in preparation for entering an employment market that favors law         Civil Rights Litigation (2 units)
graduates who are well grounded in both fundamental skills and           Collaborative Law (1 unit)
emerging legal trends.                                                   Criminal Law and Procedure: Selected Topics (l or 2 units)
                                                                         Death Penalty Litigation (1 unit)
                                                                         Directed Research (l or 2 units)
                                                                         Employment Law (2 units)
                                                                         Entertainment Law (2 units)
                                                                         Environmental Law: Selected Topics (2 units)
                                                                         Estate Planning (2 units)
Advanced Legal Writing (2 units) or Moot Court (2 units)
                                                                         Family Law (2 units)
Business Associations (3 units)
                                                                         Immigration Law (l or 2 units)
Civil Procedure I and II (6 units)
                                                                         Insurance Law (2 units)
Community Property (3 units)
                                                                         Intellectual Property (2 units)
Constitutional Criminal Procedure (3 units)
                                                                         International Law (2 units)
Constitutional Law I and II (6 units)
                                                                         Introduction to Law (1 unit)

                                                                                                                                      C O U R S E S
Contracts I and II (6 units)
                                                                         Juvenile Law (2 or 3 units)
Criminal Law (3 units)
                                                                         Land Use and Planning Law (2 units)
Evidence I and II (4 units)
                                                                         Law, Language and Culture (1 unit)
Legal Analysis and Writing (3 units)
                                                                         Law Practice Management (2 units)
Legal Research (2 units)
                                                                         Legal Issues in Cyberspace (1 unit)
Legal Internship (1 unit)
                                                                         Legal Malpractice (1 unit)
Professional Responsibility (2 units)
                                                                         Legislative Process (2 units)
Real Property I and II (6 units)
                                                                         Medical Malpractice (1 unit)
Remedies (3 units)

                                                                         Moot Court (2 units)
Torts I and II (6 units)
                                                                         Psychology for Lawyers (1 unit)
Trial Practice I (3 units)
                                                                         Taxation (2 units)
                                                                                                                                      C U R R I C U L U M
Wills and Trusts (3 units)
                                                                         The Practice of Law (2 or 3 units)
                                                                         Uniform Commercial Code (1 unit)
                                                                         Workers’ Compensation (2 units)
                                                                         Writs and Appeals (2 units)

                                                                         Course descriptions may be found on our websites at:


                                                                                        Colleges        of   l aw 2007 - 2 0 0 8      13
                  STUDENT SERVICES
                  BOOKS AND MATERIALS                                                     STUDENT COUNSELING
                     Required books and materials are generally offered for sale at the      Faculty members are ordinarily available by appointment to meet
                  Colleges during registration for each semester or session. Students     with students. Students are encouraged to review their examination
                  may also purchase books from other sources, including the used book     papers and to confer with their professors regarding their exam per-
                  sales sometimes sponsored by student organizations.                     formance, as part of the educational experience at the Colleges.

                  WESTLAW                                                                 STUDY FACILITIES
                     All students at the Colleges are provided access to Westlaw and/or       Quiet space for study, by individual students or those in groups,
                  other recognized on-line legal research programs.                       is available on both campuses during regular office hours, and on
                                                                                          weekends when the library is open.
                  (TWEN)                                                                  EMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE
                      Students may use their Westlaw password to access TWEN, where           Although job placement services are not provided by the Colleges,
                  instructors and the Colleges’ Administration post information, course   students often find employment through less formal means at the
                  syllabi, course assignments, and examples of past examinations and      Colleges. Announcements of job opportunities are posted on school
                  sample answers for each graded course.                                  bulletin boards and/or circulated through the Colleges’ student
                                                                                          e-mail network. Faculty and staff members provide an informal
                  HOUSING                                                                 referral network. Students may also learn of job openings through the
                                                                                          Colleges’ Legal Internship program, student membership in the local
                      The Colleges are non-residential institutions and have no dormi-
                                                                                          bar associations, or the Colleges’ alumni/student career fairs and
                  tories. Both campuses are located in metropolitan areas with housing
                                                                                          other events.
                  available within easy commuting distance.
                                                                                          EXTRACURRICULAR SEMINARS
                  STUDENT LOUNGE
                                                                                             The Colleges occasionally hold seminars to inform students about
                     At each campus, a Student Lounge is available to students for

                                                                                          a variety of extracurricular topics, such as opportunities in the legal
                  conversing, relaxing, or studying. Vending machines and a
                                                                                          profession and job seeking strategies. Available only to students of the
                  microwave oven are available.
                                                                                          Colleges, the seminars are offered free of charge.

                                                                                          DISABLED STUDENTS’ RESOURCES
                                                                                              Disabled students can contact the Assistant Dean at the campus
                                                                                          where enrolled to make appropriate arrangements for accommoda-
                                                                                          tions regarding physical access, examination conditions, and other

                                                                                          ACADEMIC ENRICHMENT PROGRAM
                                                                                             AEP staff members provide regular group tutorials to first and
                                                                                          second year law students. Schedules for each semester will be posted
                                                                                          on TWEN. This program is voluntary and there is no charge.

 14                 T h e s a n Ta B a r B a r a     and    VenTura
                                                                          R ECENT G RADUATES
                                                                               Leticia Anguiano was born and raised
                                                                        in Santa Barbara, the oldest of five girls. The
                                                                        dream of becoming a lawyer began for Leti-
                                                                        cia about 20 years ago when she started her
                                                                        first job in a bank. She enjoyed working with
                                                                        the lawyers who came into the bank to open
                                                                        accounts for their clients and quickly became
                                                                        fascinated with the legal profession.
                                                                              Leticia’s dream of attending law school
                                                                        was realized when she was admitted to
                                                                        Santa Barbara College of Law. Leticia be-
                                                                        gan law school with the goal of becoming
                                                                        a corporate attorney working as in-house
                                                                        counsel for a medium or large company. Leticia believed this
                                                                        seemed like the logical choice - to couple her degree in Busi-
    Student	Bar	Association	(SBA)                                       ness Management and her banking career with a law degree.
                                                                        Since law school, however, she finds she has a different vi-
    Each campus has a Student Bar Association which is supported
                                                                        sion. She states that she is now open to all areas of the law.
by SBA fees paid at the time of registration. These associations        She does not want to limit herself as a result of having such
participate in orientation for new students, and sponsor a variety of   a focused goal. Leticia would also like to take advantage of
activities, including social events and peer mentoring projects. In     the fact that she is fluent in Spanish and would like to use her
                                                                        language skills and her legal education to assist the public.
the Fall semester, each SBA holds an Awards Banquet, in conjunc-            Leticia states that the Colleges’ affordability and part-time
tion with the Colleges, to honor outstanding students and faculty       program were important factors in helping her realize her
members.                                                                dream. A 2007 graduate, she says she is confident that she
                                                                        will have many opportunities available to her in the further
                                                                        pursuit of fulfilling her dream.
					Delta	Theta	Phi	Law	Fraternity
     Delta Theta Phi is an international fraternity founded in 1913         Courtney DeSoto grew up near Sacramento and moved
to promote legal scholarship and the legal profession. It is the        to sunny Santa Barbara in order to attend Westmont College.
oldest and one of the largest legal fraternities in the country. The                              She graduated with a Bachelor of
                                                                                                  Arts in Political Science and a minor
Ventura chapter is known as the Sandra Day O’Connor Senate,                                       in Sociology in 1998. After working
while the Santa Barbara chapter is called the John Westwick Sen-                                  miscellaneous jobs in the area, Court-
ate. The fraternity sponsors various educational and social events.                               ney realized she had a strong desire
All students are invited to seek membership.                                                      to pursue a higher education and

                                                                                                                                            S E R V I C E S
                                                                                                  contemplated a Masters in Psychol-
                                                                                                  ogy. However, having always been
					Student	Animal	Legal	Defense	Fund	Chapter                                                    interested in the legal profession, she
    The Ventura College of Law Student Animal Legal Defense Fund                                  decided to attend Santa Barbara Col-
provides students with education about the emerging field of ani-                                 lege of Law after her fiance’ began at-
                                                                                                  tending Ventura College of Law.
mal law through meetings, research materials, and public forums.           Courtney started classes in the Spring beginning semester.
Members participate in community outreach programs advancing            She married during the break before the start of Fall semes-
the public’s knowledge of animal laws and have the opportunity to       ter classes and continued working full-time as a Deputy Pro-
network with attorneys, judges and others at special events.            bation Officer for the County of Santa Barbara. She says she
                                                                        chose Santa Barbara College of Law because of its flexible
                                                                        evening schedule which allowed her to continue her employ-
                                                                                                                                            S T U D E N T

                                                                        ment during the day.
                                                                           Courtney received the Judge Patrick L. McMahon scholar-
    The Colleges encourage students to work together in a coopera-      ship for peace officers as well as the Santa Barbara Women
tive atmosphere to enhance their law studies. Many students form        Lawyer’s scholarship. She looks forward to a career in criminal
informal study groups for continued study and discussion outside the    prosecution or civil litigation.
structured academic program. Faculty and staff are available to offer
guidance on organizing effective study groups, although the Colleges
do not require or organize such groups.

                                                                                          Colleges        of   l aw 2007- 2 0 0 8           15
                  T R U S T E E S & FA C U LT Y
                   BOARD OF                                       Naomi Schwartz - Member
                   TRUSTEES                                       Former Member, County Board of Supervisors
                                                                  Santa Barbara
                   Wendy Lascher - President
                   Attorney at Law                                Susan Witting - Member
                   Ventura                                        Attorney at Law
                                                                  Thousand Oaks
                   Mary Jane Miller - Vice President
                   Attorney at Law
                   Santa Barbara                                  FACULTY

                   Marilyn Anticouni - Secretary                  *VCL faculty member
                   Attorney at Law                                **SBCL faculty member
                   Santa Barbara                                  ***VCL & SBCL faculty member

                   Clark Hubbard - Treasurer                      Ron Bamieh *
                   Certified Public Accountant                    B.A., University of Southern California, 1988
                   Ventura                                        J.D., Loyola University, Chicago, School of Law, 1991
                                                                  Private Practice, Ventura County
                   Karen Burgett - Member                         Advanced Evidence
                   Attorney at Law
                   Santa Barbara                                  Clair Burrill*
                                                                  A.B., Harvard University, 1966
                   The Hon. Denise deBellefeuille - Member        J.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1973

                   Judge, Superior Court                          Private Practice, Ventura County
                   Santa Barbara                                  Constitutional Law I & II

                   Michael Guerra - Member                        Barbara Carroll **
                   Attorney at Law                                A.B., University of San Diego, 1992
                   Santa Barbara                                  J.D., Lewis and Clark School of Law, 1997
                                                                  Private Practice, Santa Barbara County
                   Judith Kuipers - Member                        Introduction to Law, Legal Research
                   President, Fielding Graduate University
                   Santa Barbara                                  Lee Carter **

                                                                  B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara, 1980
                   The Hon. David Long - Member                   J.D., L.L.M., McGeorge School of Law, 1985, 1987

                   Judge, Superior Court                          Senior Deputy District Attorney, Santa Barbara County
                   Ventura                                        Juvenile Law

                   Robert Monk - Member                           Jeff Chambliss **
                   Attorney at Law                                B.A., University of Delaware, Newark
                   Santa Barbara                                  J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law, 1987
                                                                  Senior Deputy Public Defender, Santa Barbara County
                   The Hon. Rebecca Riley - Member                Advanced Evidence, Criminal Law
                   Judge, Superior Court

16                T h e s a n Ta B a r B a r a   and    VenTura
Peter Cooney ***                                                        F ACULTY P ROFILES
B.A., St. Mary’s College, 1969
J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law, 1972         John Sweeney is at home in the courtroom. For over
Senior Research Attorney, Court of Appeal, Second District            30 years, the Notre Dame University graduate has
Real Property I & II                                                  represented plaintiffs in complex trials in virtually every
                                                                      area of tort law.
David L. Cunningham *                                                      In 1982, after several substantial verdicts, including
B.A., California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, 1970        the highest jury award in California that year, Professor
M.B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1972                      Sweeney was named plaintiff’s Trial Lawyer of the Year by
J.D., University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall, 1973            Verdictum Juris.
Private Practice, Ventura County                                           Presently, Professor Sweeney
Evidence I & II                                                       is engaged in tort litigation in
                                                                      California, Arizona, and several
Jean Dandona**                                                        East Coast states. In addition to
A.B., University of California, Santa Barbara, 1969                   representing his clients, he is an
J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law, 1978     active member of many trial bar
Supervising Research Attorney, Superior Court, Santa Barbara County   associations and has served as
                                                                      President of the American Medico-
Legal Analysis & Writing
                                                                      Legal Institute.
John Derrick**                                                            John Sweeney brings his wealth
                                                                      of knowledge and experience to
B.A., University of Oxford, Great Britain, 1978
                                                                      the Ventura College of Law where
J.D., University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall, 2002
                                                                      he has been teaching the course
Private Practice, Santa Barbara County
                                                                      in Torts since 1986. For the years
Legal Research                                                        1998-1999 and 2002 -2003, he was
                                                                      honored by the student body as “Professor of the Year.”
Joyce Dudley **
B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara, 1975                       Craig Smith is one of the most experienced instruc-
M.A., Antioch University, 1977                                        tors at the Colleges of Law. Since 1984, he has taught
M.A., University of California, Santa Barbara, 1981                   at both campuses in several different subjects, including
J.D., Santa Barbara College of Law, 1990

                                                                                                                                     F A C U L T Y
                                                                      Contracts, Remedies, Uniform Commercial Code, Legal
Senior Deputy District Attorney, Santa Barbara County                 Analysis and Civil Procedure.
Juvenile Law                                                             Professor Smith received his law degree from the
                                                                      University of California, Hastings College of the Law.
Steve Feder *                                                                                             Since that time, he has
B.S., University of Michigan, 1980                                                                        served as a Deputy
J.D., L.L.M., University of San Diego, 1982, 1987                                                         District Attorney, a
Private Practice, Ventura County                                                                          Deputy County Coun-
Wills and Trusts, Business Associations                                                                   sel, a research attorney
                                                                                                          for the Santa Barbara
Heather Georgakis ***                                                                                     County Superior Court,
B.A., M.L.I.S., University of California, Los Angeles, 1974, 1995                                         and Juvenile Court
J.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 1978                                                         Commissioner. He
                                                                                                                                     T R U S T E E S

                                                                                                          is currently program
Dean, Santa Barbara and Ventura Colleges of Law
                                                                                                          director of the Univer-
Legal Writing
                                                                                                          sity of California Santa
                                                                                                          Barbara Extension
Don Grady **
                                                                                                          paralegal program.
J.D., Santa Barbara College of Law, 2000
                                                                                                              Professor Smith has
Real Estate Services, Santa Barbara County
                                                                                                          been selected Profes-
Legal Analysis & Writing                                                                                  sor of the Year by the
                                                                      2001, 2002 and 2003 graduating classes at the Santa
                                                                      Barbara College of Law.

                                                                                       Colleges       of   l aw 2007- 2 0 0 8        17
                    Katy Graham*                                                           Wendy Lascher ***
                    B.A., California State University, Humboldt State University, 1989     B.A. Stanford University, 1970
                    J.D., Santa Barbara College of Law, 1994                               J.D., University of Michigan, 1973
                    Research Attorney, Court of Appeal, Second District                    Private Practice, Ventura County
                    Legal Analysis & Writing                                               Writs and Appeals, Moot Court

                    Michael Guerra **                                                      Lori Lewis ***
                    B.A., M.A., University of the Pacific, 1970, 1972                      B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara, 1986
                                                                                           J.D., Santa Barbara College of Law, 1990
                    J.D., Santa Barbara College of Law, 1993
                                                                                           Private Practice, Santa Barbara County
                    Private Practice, Santa Barbara County
                                                                                           Wills and Trusts, Estate Planning
                    Professional Responsibility
                                                                                           Mary Ellen Lewis **
                    Eric Hanson **
                                                                                           B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 1972
                    B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara, 1971
                                                                                           M.A., (Library Science) University of Iowa, 1975
                    J.D., Southwestern University, 1976                                    J.D., Santa Barbara College of Law, 1995
                    Chief Trial Deputy District Attorney, Santa Barbara County             Private Practice, San Luis Obispo County
                    Constitutional Criminal Procedure                                      Advanced Legal Writing
                    Dave Harrell *                                                         William Makler**
                    J.D., Ventura College of Law, 1974                                     B.A., University of California, San Diego, 1991
                    Senior Research Attorney, Court of Appeal, Second District             J.D., McGeorge School of Law, 1996
                    Remedies                                                               Private Practice, Santa Barbara County
                                                                                           Evidence I & II
                    The Hon. Brian Hill **
                    B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara, 1977                    Pauline Maxwell**
                    J.D., University of San Francisco, 1981                                B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara, 1995

                    Superior Court Judge, Santa Barbara County                             J.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 1998
                    Constitutional Law I & II                                              Research Attorney, Superior Court, Santa Barbara County
                                                                                           Legal Analysis & Writing
                    Michael Hopkins**
                    B.A., L.L.B., University of Ottawa, Canada, 1980, 1982                 Greg May*
                    M.A., University of Miami, 1983                                        B.S., United States Naval Academy, 1982
                    M.B.A., University of Alberta, Canada, 1984                            J.D., McGeorge School of Law, 1992
                    CEO, Terra Image USA                                                   Private Practice, Ventura County
                    Business Associations                                                  Legal Research

                    Jeanne Kvale *                                                         Michael McMahon ***
                    B.A., Occidental College, 1992                                         B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1972

                    J.D., Pepperdine University, 1995                                      J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law, 1976
                    Private Practice, Ventura County                                       Chief Deputy Public Defender, Ventura County
                    Professional Responsibility, Advanced Legal Writing                    Moot Court

                  				“The	opportunity	to	attend	law	school	at	night	allowed	me	to	pursue	my	career	of	choice	while	working,	
                  			eliminating	the	need	for	financial	assistance.	I	have	been	rewarded	with	a	very	challenging	and	satisfying	
                  			professional	career.”
                  	       	       	       	               	             	     —James B. Cole, Class of 1991, Proctor, McCarthy & Slaughter, LLP

18                  T h e s a n Ta B a r B a r a      and     VenTura
The Hon. Vincent J. O’Neill, Jr. *                                  Jake Stoddard **
B.A., Loyola Marymount University, 1974                             B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara, 1973
J.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 1977                   J.D., Loyola University, 1977
Superior Court Judge, Ventura County                                Chief Deputy County Counsel, Santa Barbara County
Criminal Law                                                        Trial Practice I & II

Mark Pachowicz *                                                    John Sweeney *
B.A., California State University, Northridge, 1985                 B.A., B.S., University of Notre Dame, 1959
J.D., University of San Diego, 1988                                 L.L.B., Loyola University, 1964
Private Practice, Ventura County                                    Private Practice, Los Angeles County
Constitutional Criminal Procedure                                   Torts I & II

Steven Pinsker**                                                    John J. Thyne III ***
B.S., Syracuse University, 1968                                     B.A., University of Connecticut, 1991
J.D., Santa Barbara College of Law, 1984                            J.D., University of Tulsa School of Law, 1996
Private Practice, Santa Barbara County                              Private Practice, Santa Barbara County
Practice of Law                                                     Civil Procedure I & II

Susan Ratzkin *                                                     Stephen Underwood **
 B.A., Queens College, 1967                                         B.A., University of Minnesota, 1971
 J.D., Ventura College of Law, 1985                                 J.D., Santa Clara University, 1974
Private Practice, Ventura County                                    Chief Assistant County Counsel, Santa Barbara County
Juvenile Law                                                        Torts I & II

The Hon. John Smiley *                                              Andy Viets *

                                                                                                                                        F A C U L T Y
A.B., Princeton University, 1970                                    B.A., Hofstra University, 1982
 J.D., Southwestern University, 1973                                J.D., State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law, 1985
Superior Court Judge, Ventura County                                Private Practice, Ventura County
Community Property                                                  Trial Practice I

Craig Smith ***
B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 1973
J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law, 1976
Director, UCSB Extension Paralegal Program, Santa Barbara County
Contracts I & II, Remedies
Thomas Sneddon, Jr. **
                                                                                                                                        T R U S T E E S

B.A., University of Notre Dame, 1963
 J.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 1966
District Attorney (Retired), Santa Barbara County
Trial Practice I

                                                                                    Colleges         of   l aw 2007- 2 0 0 8            19
                                                                     Distinguished Alumni*

                                                                     Mark Arnold
                                                                     Public Defender, Kern County

                                                                     The Hon. Nancy Cummins Ashley
                                                                     Stanislaus County Superior Court

                                                                     The Hon. James Brandlin
                                                                     Los Angeles County Superior Court

                                                                     The Hon. Edward F. Brodie
                                                                     Ventura County Superior Court

                                                                     The Hon. Edward Bullard
                                                                     Santa Barbara County Superior Court

                                                                     The Hon. Troy Childers
                                      Santa	Barbara	College	of	Law   Kern County Superior Court
                                             Class	of	2007
                                                                     The Hon. Frank Dougherty
                                                                     Merced County Superior Court

                                                                     The Hon. Ersel Edwards
                                                                     Nevada County Superior Court

                                                                     The Hon. Charles Henry
                                                                     Siskiyou County Consolidated Courts, Ret.

                                                                     The Hon. David W. Long

                                                                     Ventura County Superior Court

                                                                     The Hon. Rebecca Riley
                                                                     Ventura County Superior Court

                                                                     Naomi Schwartz
                                                                     Former Member, Board of Supervisors
                                                                     Santa Barbara County

                                                                     Christie Stanley

                                                                     Santa Barbara County District Attorney
                                          Ventura	College	of	Law
                                              Class	of	2007

                                                                     Commissioner Colleen Sterne
                                                                     Santa Barbara County Superior Court

                                                                     The Hon. Colleen Toy White
                                                                     Ventura County Superior Court

                                                                     *Partial List

20                T h e s a n Ta B a r B a r a   and   VenTura
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If you previously attended any law school, complete all of the following for each school whether or not you request advanced standing. Attach additional sheets if necessary to
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                                              THE SANTA B ARB ARA                          AND       VENTURA COLLEGES                            OF      LAW 2007-2008
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   continuing enrollment, due to your conduct?                                                                        K Yes         K No
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I further understand that, if admitted to the Colleges of Law, I must abide by the rules and regulations of the Colleges; that California state law requires that after commencing
law study, I must register with the State within the time required by the State Bar Rules; that the material contained in the Colleges’ catalog is for information only and does not
constitute a contract between myself and the Colleges of Law; and that a copy of the Colleges’ Policy Manual will be available for my review at the Administration Office during
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ACADEMIC                                       PROGRAM                                     ALTERNATIVES

   Students may begin law studies in either the Spring (March) semester or the Fall (mid August) semester. Degree requirements may be complet-
ed at the end of the Fall semester of the fourth year of law studies (January graduation) or at the end of the Spring semester of the fourth year cur-
riculum (May graduation). Successful completion of the required courses listed in each Alternative Program, together with the required Summer
courses and additional elective courses must be taken in order to obtain the required 84 semester units necessary to qualify for graduation.

ALTERNATIVE PROGRAM “A”: SPRING                                             ALTERNATIVE PROGRAM “B”: SPRING
START/FALL COMPLETION (3 years, 9 months)                                   START/spring COMPLETION (4 years, 2 months)
FALL SEMESTER                                  SPRING SEMESTER              FALL SEMESTER                                    SPRING SEMESTER
(Units of credit indicated in parentheses)                                  (Units of credit indicated in parentheses)

First Year                                     Legal Research (2)           First Year                                       Legal Research (2)
                                               Introduction to Law (1)                                                       Introduction to Law (1)
                                               Juvenile Law (3)                                                              Juvenile Law (3)

Contracts I (3)                                Contracts II (3)             Contracts I (3)                                  Contracts II (3)
Torts I (3)                                    Torts II (3)                 Torts I (3)                                      Torts II (3)
Legal Analysis and Writing (3)                 Criminal Law (3)             Legal Analysis and Writing (3)                   Criminal Law (3)

Second Year                                                                 Second Year
Civil Procedure I (3)                          Civil Procedure II (3)       Civil Procedure I (3)                            Civil Procedure II (3)
Real Property I (3)                            Real Property II (3)         Real Property I (3)                              Real Property II (3)
Community Property (3)                         Business Associations (3)    Community Property (3)                           Business Associations (3)

Third Year                                                                  Third Year
Constitutional Law I (3)                       Constitutional Law II (3)    Constitutional Law I (3)                         Constitutional Law II (3)
Wills & Trusts (3)                             Remedies (3)                 Wills & Trusts (3)                               Remedies (3)
Professional Responsibility (2)                Evidence II (3)              Professional Responsibility (2)                  Evidence II (3)
Evidence I (1)                                                              Evidence I (1)

Fourth Year                                                                 Fourth Year
Constitutional Criminal Procedure (3)*                                      Constitutional Criminal Procedure (3)            Trial Practice II (3)
Trial Practice I (3)*                                                       Trial Practice I (3)                             Practice of Law (3)
Advanced Legal Research (3)                                                 Advanced Legal Research (3)

*For students who have otherwise met graduation requirements, the
minimum course load in the Fourth Year Fall Semester is six units and
consists of Constitutional Criminal Procedure and Trial Practice I.                                                      Continued on reverse side

                                     THE SANTA B ARB ARA                   AND   VENTURA COLLEGES                   OF     LAW 2007-2008
ALTERNATIVE PROGRAM “C”:                                                 ALTERNATIVE PROGRAM “D”:
FALL START/FALL COMPLETION                                               FALL START/SPRING COMPLETION
(3 years, 4 months)                                                      (3 years, 8 months)

FALL SEMESTER                                SPRING SEMESTER             FALL SEMESTER                                 SPRING SEMESTER
(Units of credit indicated in parentheses)                               (Units of credit indicated in parentheses)

First Year                                                               First Year
Contracts I (3)                              Contracts II (3)            Contracts I (3)                               Contracts II (3)
Torts I (3)                                  Torts II (3)                Torts I (3)                                   Torts II (3)
Legal Analysis and Writing (3)               Criminal Law (3)            Legal Analysis and Writing (3)                Criminal Law (3)

Second Year                                                              Second Year
Civil Procedure I (3)                        Civil Procedure II (3)      Civil Procedure I (3)                         Civil Procedure II (3)
Real Property I (3)                          Real Property II (3)        Real Property I (3)                           Real Property II (3)
Community Property (3)                       Business Associations (3)   Community Property (3)                        Business Associations (3)

Third Year                                                               Third Year
Constitutional Law I (3)                     Constitutional Law II (3)   Constitutional Law I (3)                      Constitutional Law II (3)
Wills & Trusts (3)                           Remedies (3)                Wills & Trusts (3)                            Remedies (3)
Professional Responsibility (2)              Evidence II (3)             Professional Responsibility (2)               Evidence II (3)
Evidence I (1)                                                           Evidence I (1)

Fourth Year                                                              Fourth Year
Constitutional Criminal Procedure (3)*                                   Constitutional Criminal Procedure (3)         Trial Practice II (3)
Trial Practice I (3)*                                                    Trial Practice I (3)                          Practice of Law (3)
Advanced Legal Research (3)                                              Advanced Legal Research (3)

*For students who have otherwise met graduation requirements, the
minimum course load in the Fourth Year Fall Semester is six units and
consists of Constitutional Criminal Procedure and Trial Practice I.

Summer sessions

Required Courses                                                         Elective Courses
Legal Research (2 )                                                      Sufficient additional elective courses must be taken in addition to
Advanced Legal Writing (2) or Moot Court (2)                             all required courses to total not less than eighty-four (84)
Legal Internship (1) (a minimum of one unit required)                    semester units.
A    C       A          D   E        M         I      C               C        A        L       E       N         D         A       R

2007-2008 ACADEMIC YEAR                                                 2007-2008 ACADEMIC YEAR

FALL 2007                                                               FALL 2008
First Week of Classes       August 20-24, 2007                          First Week of Classes            August 25-29, 2008
Last Week of Classes        November 26-30, 2007                        Last Week of Classes             December 1-5, 2008
Exam Preparation Week       December 3-7, 2007                          Exam Preparation Week            December 8-12, 2008
Examinations                December 10-14, 2007                        Examinations                     December 15-19, 2008

SPRING 2008 (Continuing Students)                                       SPRING 2009 (Continuing Students)
First Week of Classes   January 7-11, 2008                              First Week of Classes   January 5-9, 2009
Last Week of Classes    April 14-18, 2008                               Last Week of Classes    April 13-17, 2009
Exam Preparation Week   April 21-25, 2008                               Exam Preparation Week   April 20-24, 2009
Examinations            April 28-May 2, 2008                            Examinations            April 27-May 1, 2009

SPRING 2008 (Beginning Students)                                        SPRING 2009 (Beginning Students)
First Week of Classes    March 3-7, 2008                                First Week of Classes    March 2-6, 2009
Last Week of Classes     June 9-13, 2008                                Last Week of Classes     June 8-12, 2009
Examinations             June 16-20, 2008                               Examinations             June 15-19, 2009

SUMMER 2008*                                                            SUMMER 2009*
First Week of Classes       May 19-23, 2008                             First Week of Classes            May 18-22, 2009
Last Week of Classes        July 21-25, 2008                            Last Week of Classes             July 20-24, 2009
Examinations                July 28-August 1, 2008                      Examinations                     July 27-July 31, 2009
(make-up classes)                                                       (make-up classes)

                            *Only students who have completed at least one full year of law studies may enroll in Summer classes.

                            THE SANTA B ARB ARA                AND     VENTURA COLLEGES                 OF   LAW 2007-2008
F I N A N C I A L                                                                  I N F O R M A T I O N

TUITION AND FEES                                                    In general, all tuition and fees are due    DEFERRED TUITION
 Current tuition,                                                and payable at the time of registration for    PAYMENT PROGRAM
 fees and other charges:                                         the semester or session to which they             All fees must be paid upon enrollment, but
                                                                 apply, with the exception of tuition, which    students may pay tuition only in installment
 Admission Deposit ..........................$150.00             may be deferred under the Deferred             payments over the course of a semester or
    payable upon confirmation of admission                       Tuition Payment Program described below.       session. Four equal installments are paid for
 Tuition ..............................................$375.00   Payments to the Colleges of Law may be         Fall and Spring semesters; two installments
    per academic unit                                            made by check, cash, or by VISA, Discover      are paid for Summer sessions.
                                                                 Card or MasterCard.                               At the time of registration, students who
 General Materials Fee .......................$75.00
                                                                    Refund policies for tuition and other       use this program will pay one installment of
   per semester or session
                                                                 fees are published in the Colleges’ annual     tuition, plus all other applicable fees and
 Special Materials Fee ............................TBA           Policy Manual, available upon request. In      charges for which deferral is not permitted.
   if applicable, determined by class                            special cases, such as when students attend    The remaining installment(s) of tuition
 Deferred Tuition Payment Fee                                    the Colleges while receiving veteran’s ben-    must then be paid on the first day of each
   per Fall or Spring semester .........$40.00                   efits, where state and federal law may         following month, until all installments have
   per Summer session ....................$25.00                 require a different schedule of refunds, the   been paid.
                                                                 amount of refundable tuition will be as
 Deferred Tuition Late Fee
                                                                 provided in such laws.                         BOOKS AND MATERIALS
   per day ........................................... $3.00
 Student Bar Association Fee                                                                                       Every course requires the purchase of
    per Fall and Spring semesters .....$10.00                                                                   course materials, which may include case-
                                                                                                                books, textbooks, and other relevant materi-
 Late Registration Fee ........................$50.00
                                                                                                                als. These costs vary per class. A reason-
 Late Payment Fee ..............................$50.00                                                          able estimate of the cost of books would be
 Returned Check Fee                                                                                             approximately $650.00 per academic year,
   per check ......................................$20.00                                                       excluding summer session. Costs for
 Graduation Fee ...............................$150.00                                                          Summer sessions vary widely, depending on
                                                                                                                the number and identity of courses taken.
                                                                                                                Supplies generally cost about $75.00 per
                                                                                                                academic year.

                                                THE SANTA B ARB ARA                  AND     VENTURA COLLEGES                OF   LAW 2007-2008
A S       Y O U            C O N S I D E R                                       L A W                 S C H O O L

                                We are a small school with a big mission. For over    business. While our program is rigorous, it provides
                            35 years we have been helping dedicated and moti-         our graduates with opportunities for practical expe-
                            vated adults change their lives and achieve their         rience and emphasizes a commitment to high
                            goals. This is our passion.                               standards of professionalism. It is also designed to
                                Our reputation for excellence in educating future     meet the needs of working adults who vary in age,
                            lawyers has spread beyond the Central Coast. Our          career paths and life experiences.
                            graduates have established successful legal careers           We are proud of all our alumni who now number
                            throughout California. With a law degree from our         over 1600 men and women, and count among them
                            program you can choose to work in a legal field that      numerous founders and partners in local law firms,
                            takes advantage of your current professional exper-       civic leaders and judges. The Colleges of Law will
                            tise, or change direction completely. Our graduates       provide you, as it has our other graduates, an inten-
                            have, for example, transitioned in their careers from     sive legal education, opportunities for practical
Wendy Lascher, President
                            insurance adjuster to Superior Court Judge, day care      experience and an introduction to a vibrant and
                            administrator to District Attorney, psychologist to       active legal community.
                            family law practitioner, industrial salesperson to            As you consider whether to attend law school,
                            Public Defender, and legislative staffer to County        consider the importance of attending an established
                            Supervisor. These results, along with other achieve-      school with a distinguished tradition that empha-
                            ments, are among the reasons that the Santa Barbara       sizes a commitment to an innovative curriculum,
                            and Ventura Colleges of Law is acknowledged as a          teaching excellence, and public service. We welcome
                            legal education leader.                                   your interest in the Colleges of Law.
                                Here, classes are large enough to promote vigor-
                            ous discussion, but small enough to allow you to cre-
                            ate positive networks with your professors and fel-
                            low students. Our faculty consists of prominent             Wendy C. Lascher
Heather Georgakis, Dean     members of the local bench and bar who not only             President, Board of Trustees
                            know the law but also experience it on a day-to-day
                            basis, providing a link to the practice of law unavail-
                            able at many law schools.
                                Our program will prepare you to succeed, no
                            matter how you choose to use your legal education,          Heather Georgakis
                            whether in private practice, government service, or         Dean

                           THE SANTA B ARB ARA                AND      VENTURA COLLEGES                  OF    LAW 2007-2008
For additional information visit our websites:

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