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Glendale University College of Law
"The decision for me to attend GUCL was a relatively easy one. Southern California offers an abundance of law schools for those that are full time employees. When I made the decision to attend GUCL the factors that were the most relevant for me were: the quality of the education being provided, the ability to maintain my work schedule, and to keep the costs of my legal education as low as possible.
Since the professors at GUCL are working professionals they are able to incorporate their experiences in the legal field into to curriculum. The combination of substantive material and “real world” examples is invaluable.
Due to the competitive nature of the legal field, I am grateful that GUCL is able to provide its students with a schedule that allows them to maintain their work schedules. For me, this was especially valuable since I currently work at a law firm and am able to use the skills from work and school interchangeably. When I graduate, I'll be able to proudly present to an employer, not only a degree, but also years of work experience.
Since I am able to work while attending GUCL, I am able to keep my education costs at a minimum since GUCL offers flexible payment options.
My experience at GUCL thus far has been a memorable one. I thoroughly enjoy learning from the professors that teach at GUCL and being in a learning environment with other students that are all equally as passionate about the law. I'm pleased that I chose the right path and to be graduating soon from GUCL."
"I decided to go to GUCL for many reasons: it was convenient because it was half way between where I lived and where I worked, it allowed me to continue working and get a legal education at the same time, and it was one of the most financially affordable schools that I could find. GUCL was the perfect combination of all the things that were important to me.
When I attended the orientation I was so naive about the law I didn't even know which party in a law suit was the plaintiff and which was the defendant. Now, after four years of classes I can say with confidence that I know which party is which as well as much, much more. I can't believe how much I've learned in four years and a big part of that learning has come from dedicated and passionate professors who are great at what they do. Every professor I took a class from was either a working attorney or a sitting judge. I had the privilege of attending classes with some incredible teachers who made it their goal that I and everyone in my class understood what we needed to know. They made the material come alive and make sense, and that's not easy to do when you're reading 100 year old cases in order to understand the evolution of the law.
I also discovered that the class sizes at GUCL are small enough that I could get to know my classmates as friends and people whose lives extend outside the classroom. As a group my graduating class has been a large part of my success. They've been there for me when I've had questions or just needed to vent. They've been willing to be part of study groups with me and didn't judge me if I felt better studying alone. I've never felt that I was competing with my classmates. I've always felt that we were there to help each other. I didn't expect this amount of support from classmates, but because of the small class size and the non-competitive atmosphere, my class has really come together as a group and worked as a team. They have been a big part of my support system through this process of getting a legal education.
I'm about to graduate with a I degree I never thought I'd earn, but thanks to GUCL I've succeeded in earning it. Now I just have to pass the Bar Exam and get my license. And I feel confident I can do that because of the support I've gotten from my classmates and the time and effort put in by my professors and the staff of GUCL in helping me to get here.
I chose GUCL because it was convenient, but it's proved to be much more than that. It's been a place where I could learn and grow and where I could prepare myself for a brand new career. One that I expect to challenge me and keep me interested for the rest of my working life."
"Are you prepared to devote yourself to four years of law school? Your family, significant other, employer, and friends must understand that you are going to be dedicated to it." The Dean told us this in the beginning and it holds true after four years; law school is difficult but not impossible.
The part-time law program at GUCL requires you to be prepared. While in law school, I have been a fiancé, an employee, a father to two nieces, a brother/caretaker to a disabled brother, and a law student. It has been hectic but I still found a way to read my assignments, write briefs, outlines, memorandums, practice exams, and study for finals.
The professors are experienced Judges, prosecutors, plaintiff and defense attorneys who provided one-on-one interactions that were enriching and occasionally intimidating. My classmates offered an engaging classroom experience, and ultimately inspiration when finals came around. The combined support of GUCL administration, faculty and fellow students helped make the successful completion of the four-year program feasible.
In retrospect, GUCL provided a challenging part-time program that suited my busy life.
This has been a process unlike any other. I came to GUCL for a legal education. What I received was so much more than I ever imagined.
I decided that I wanted to become an attorney on the morning of my 31st birthday. By that point in my life I had a wife, three children, and a mortgage. When the idea of even attempting something as monumental as law school was daunting and seemingly impossible, GUCL welcomed me.
Law school is no picnic and has forever changed me and my way of thinking. It has been the most challenging undertaking of my life. I will never forget Dean Greitzer's words at open house, "You will forever be in search of the eighth day and the twenty-fifth hour." Later, what I once thought was mere hyperbole was strikingly, astonishingly real. Law school is a marathon of study requiring perseverance and an unrelenting drive to succeed. It would be impossible without the support of family and the school itself.
GUCL's vibe is motivating and contagious; we are a family. The students interact professionally and supportively. The classroom environment fosters confidence and success. Every one of us has experienced terror, apprehension, satisfaction, and the eventual pride that comes from knowing we have just accomplished something tremendous. Here, I have made some life-long relationships with some of the finest people I have ever known.
The GUCL administration is supportive and genuinely cares about the students and their success. Whether the student's concern is scheduling, course information, or Bar prep, the administration is there to answer questions and offer advice.
Without question, GUCL's best asset is the faculty. These are practicing attorneys and bench officers who give generously of their time and expertise way above and beyond the call of the position. They are educators and role models. They sincerely care about what they are doing and the instruction being given to the student who will someday face the nebulous legal profession on his own.
My family is proud of me and my children are inspired. With the bar exam just months away, I stand confident that I have received all the training and education necessary to be successful. Once into practice, I endeavor to be the competent, ethical, and zealous advocate that GUCL has primed me to be.
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