History of the School

Northwestern California University School of Law was founded in 1982. It is the oldest law school of its type in California, having been approved in 1982 by the California Department of Education to issue degrees. The NWCU Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree program is presently registered with and regulated by the California State Bar.

Graduates of the school’s Juris Doctor law study program include many who have gone on to occupy influential positions in government. They have been employed in positions such as the following:

  • Deputy District Attorney
  • Public Defender
  • Deputy Public Defender
  • Deputy County Counsels
  • City Attorney
  • Administrative Law Judges
  • General Attorney at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Office of Federal Operations in Washington D.C.
  • Court Executive for a U.S. District Court
  • Director of the Office of Thrift Supervision, U.S. Department of Treasury in Washington D.C. (Presidential appointee)

Many others, after graduation, have been promoted to high-level positions in business and industry, and still others have entered the private practice of law, fulfilling lifelong ambitions.

Students, both past and present, include graduates of leading colleges and universities throughout the world including Oxford, Harvard, Yale, Stanford, MIT, Beijing University, the University of Paris, Keio University of Japan, the University of Michigan, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, and many others.

Northwestern California University has from its inception focused on providing a law study program of the highest quality at a very affordable rate of tuition to people who live far from traditional schools, or with family commitments, or jobs that involve irregular hours, or travel.

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