Whittier Law School

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Whittier Law School is the law school of Whittier College, located on a satellite campus in Orange County in the city of Costa Mesa, CA, USA. Whittier has nationally recognized centers in Children?s Rights, Intellectual Property Law, and International & Comparative Law, which host fellows, offer externships, and sponsor symposia and workshops. Criminal Law and Business Law concentrations are offered. In addition, two institutes in Academic Support and Legal Writing were established. Whittier Law School boasts a small faculty/student ratio providing opportunities for close interaction with distinguished professors, many of whom are recognized both nationally and internationally as experts in their fields.

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Whittier Law School Admissions

Whittier Law School is considered a Somewhat Competitive law school, which accepts only 63% of its applicants. Comparatively, Whittier is Higher than the average cost for law school.

Applications Offers Matriculated
Class of 2027 1140 717 (62.89%) 146 (12.8%)
25% Median 75%
GPA 2.59 2.85 3.24
LSAT 146 148 150

Tuition And Financial Aid

In-State Resident Non-Resident
Full Time $44,370 $44,370
Part Time $29,714 $29,714

Living Expenses

  • Living on-campus: N/A
  • Living off-campus: $29,680
  • Living at home: $29,680

Important Dates

  • Early Decision 1: N/A
  • Early Decision 2: N/A
  • Regular Decision: 03/15
  • Application Fee: $65

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Whittier Law School Community

Whittier Law School is considered to have a Favorable student to faculty ratio. The average class size for 1L sections is approximately Above Average compared to other law schools. Student diversity at Whittier is Above Average.

Student body

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Faculty Statistics

  • Full Time: 31
  • Part Time: 26


  • # Female Faculty: 26
  • # Minority Faculty: 12


14.7 Students

1 Faculty

Housing Options

  • On Campus Housing: No
  • Graduate Housing: No
  • Law Specific Housing: No

Whittier Law School Curriculum

The size of 1L sections affects the quality and consistency of teaching in law schools. Generally with smaller 1L section sizes, students receive more individualized attention. Whittier Law School 1L section size is 9% smaller than law schools in California and 7% smaller than all PRIVATE law schools.

1L Section Size Comparison

Whittier Law School: 137
California Average: 150
PRIVATE School Average: 146

Positions Available in Advanced Courses

  • Simulation Courses: 1742
  • Faculty Supervised Clinics: 56

Students Involved in Advanced Activities

  • Field Placements: 164
  • Law Journals: 196
  • Moot Court/Mock Trials: 0

Attrition Rates

  • First Year: 34.7%
  • Second Year: 2.8%
  • Third Year: 0.0%
  • Fourth Year: 0.0%

Whittier Law School Employment

Deciding to attend law school requires a large financial investment with the goal of securing employment upon graduation. The Whittier Law School class of 2022 had an employment rate of 73% with 2% pursuing an additional degree.

Employment Comparison

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In 2022, 97.9%% of students reported their employment status 9-months after graduation.

Type of Employment

  • Law Firms: 56.0%
  • Business: 26.0%
  • Government: 3.0%
  • Public Interest: 4.0%
  • Academia: 11.0%
  • California: 91%
  • Florida: 1%
  • District of Columbia: 1%

Bar Passage Rates

  • Reporting: 97.9%
  • First Time Takers: 189
  • Average School: 47.0%
  • Average State: 66.4%
  • Pass Difference: -19.4%

Top Bar Jurisdiction

  • California: 66.1%
  • Passed: 83 of 181 (45.9%)
  • State Average: 66.4%
  • Difference: -20.2%