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Northwestern California University has been in existence as a distance law school for over 42 years. It is accredited by the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California. Prior to 2020, distance education law schools were prohibited from becoming accredited, and were operated as “registered schools.” When the State Bar modified its rules to allow distance schools to seek accreditation, NWCU immediately began the accreditation process.

The Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California granted Northwestern California University full accreditation on August 21, 2020.

California Accredited Law School Required Disclosure

Study at, or graduation from, this law school may not qualify a student to take the bar examination or be admitted to practice law in jurisdictions other than California. A student who intends to seek admission to practice law outside of California should contact the admitting authority in that jurisdiction for information regarding its education and admission requirements.

For information regarding other states, click here: Practicing Law in Other States

For information regarding the pass rates of Northwestern California University graduates on the ten most recent administrations of the California Bar Examination, click here: Bar Exam Statistics

And, for the California Business and Professions Code Section 6061.7 Disclosure, click here: Information Report for Reporting Year 2024