Western Sierra Law School (WSLS) is a private law school originally located in San Diego and recently relocated to North San Diego County in Oceanside, California. WSLS was founded in 1979 and offers an affordable and accessible option to those looking to study the law, earn a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree, and qualify to sit for the California Bar Exam.
WSLS offers a part-time, evening, 4 year J.D. program that is designed to accomodate working professionals. Our students attend classes 2-3 nights per week, 3-4 hours per night, typically beginning at 6:30pm. The first year consists of a comprehensive study of Contracts, Torts, and Criminal Law, after which the student is qualified to sit for the First-Year Law Students' Exam (FYLSE) aka the Baby Bar administered by the State Bar of California. Students must pass the FYLSE within three administrations, or otherwise be exempt, to receive credit for all law study completed to date. While concurrently working to pass the FYLSE, and after passing, students continue their study in years 2, 3, and 4 of all subjects tested on the CA Bar Exam and electives/clinical education to explore areas of interest. WSLS has small class sizes averaging 10 students to 1 faculty member.
The Committee of Bar Examiners (CBE) of the State Bar of California has given degree granting authority to Western Sierra Law School. Upon completing the J.D. Program, the student earns a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree and satisfies the legal education requirement for admission to the State Bar of California. Upon passing the CA Bar Exam and meeting all the admission requirements of the State Bar of California, the successful student may become licensed to practice law in California.