Continuously Accredited by the State Bar of California Since 1978
Glendale University College of Law has proudly maintained continual accreditation and good standing with the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California since accreditation was granted to the law school in 1978.
State Bar accreditation is extended to a select group of California law schools known as Cal Bar Accredited (CBA) that meet or exceed specific requirements and standards encompassed in The Accredited Law School Rules and The Guidelines For Accredited Law School Rules (The Rules).
The Rules regulate admissions, curriculum, scholastic standards, library, faculty, institutional governance, and financial integrity. State Bar accredited law schools are reviewed regularly through reports and site visits by the Committee and its legal education consultants.
A tremendous resource in higher education, there are currently 18 CBA law schools in California that have collectively provided access for thousands of men and women to earn their legal education and become attorneys.
California Bar Admission
The majority of applicants to Glendale and other CBA law schools anticipate living and practicing law in the State of California.
Immediately upon graduation, alumni of all CBA law schools are eligible to sit only for the California Bar Exam. They take the exact same bar exam, receive the same license, and have the same rights, responsibilities, and privileges to practice law in California as the graduates of ABA accredited law schools.
Federal Bar Admission
Upon being sworn in as members of the State Bar of California, Glendale alumni are also eligible to join the Federal Bar, which permits access to U.S. District Courts, U.S. Courts of Appeal, and the U.S. Supreme Court.This is particularly valuable to California attorneys that practice in federally-based areas of law such as immigration or bankruptcy.
Bar Admission Outside of California
Every state has a unique Bar Exam and requires membership in its respective State Bar to practice law at the state court level. There is no universal bar exam or license, even for graduates of ABA accredited law schools.
After Glendale alumni have been admitted to the State Bar of California and practiced law in good standing, typically for 3 to 5 years, select states will permit such individuals to sit for their Bar Exam.
Study at, or graduation from, this law school may not qualify a student to take the bar examination or be admitted to practice 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.