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San Joaquin College of Law

San Joaquin College of Law
901 Fifth St
Clovis, CA 93612-1312

Official telephone: (559) 323-2100
Screen last updated on: February 2024
Type of school: private (nonprofit)
Programs: graduate school
Religious affiliation: no

Street address: San Joaquin College of Law
901 Fifth St
Clovis, CA 93612-1312
Mailing address: San Joaquin College of Law
901 Fifth St
Clovis, CA 93612-1312
Main telephone numbers: 559 323-2100

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San Joaquin College of Law (SJCL) was founded in 1969 by a visionary group of San Joaquin Valley judges and attorneys who believed that capable individuals were being denied a quality legal education because no accredited law school existed in the area. Their goal was to provide the opportunity for San Joaquin Valley residents to become effective legal practitioners. The founders firmly believed that a sound legal education should combine theoretical and substantive knowledge with practical skills. With the beginning of instruction in fall 1970, the School adopted the uncompromising standards essential to the achievement of this goal. Although faced with modest facilities and resources during the College’s early years, the college's success is evident. SJCL is the center of legal study for both law students and practitioners in the San Joaquin Valley with no comparable institution for 120 miles in any direction. Over 88% of its graduates have passed the California bar examination. More than 28% of the practicing lawyers in the Fresno area are SJCL graduates. Of the women lawyers in the area, nearly 46% are SJCL graduates. Nearly 35% of the minority lawyers are graduates.

SJCL students have competed successfully in Moot Court competitions throughout the nation. In February 1992, SJCL swept every category in the Florida National Tax Law Moot Court competition, vying against major ABA-accredited institutions. In February 1995, SJCL students won First and Second Best Oralist awards at the National Sports Law Moot Court competition in New Orleans. In March 1998, an SJCL team placed third in the Florida Tax competition. In 2001 our team took first place brief award at the Roger J. Traynor California Moot Court Competition and in 2002 took best brief and best overal advocate. The San Joaquin Agricultural Law Review, published by SJCL students, circulates nationwide with articles receiving critical praise from the National Law Journal. SJCL students have for fourteen years assisted potential litigants as Small Claims Court advisors and now are doing ground breaking work in non-adversarial alternatives in the Family Law Mediation Clinic.

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