Meet the Dean

Bernadette Agaton, JD, Dean of the School of Law

Welcome to the California Southern University School of Law. CalSouthern has been providing non-traditional educational opportunities in law since 1994. Because we offer a distance-learning program of study, you can earn your law degree while keeping up with family and work obligations. This flexibility makes legal education available to applicants who meet our admissions criteria and have the drive and commitment to succeed. Our affordable tuition ensures that you won’t have to take out tens of thousands of dollars in educational debt in order to realize your dream of becoming a lawyer in California.

The School of Law offers four graduate degree programs: the Juris Doctor (JD), the Master of Laws (LLM), the Master of Science in Law (MSL), and the Master of Science in Dispute Resolution (MSDR). Our four-year JD program is designed to comply with Title 4, Division 1 of the Rules of the State Bar of California and to prepare students to sit for the California Bar Examination. Our two-year MSL program is designed for those who seek the benefits of a legal education but do not intend to practice law.

As a CalSouthern law student, you will enjoy a level of personal attention that is all too rare in higher education. Our superb faculty of licensed attorneys provides students with detailed individual feedback on all of their work. All assignments, projects, and examinations are evaluated and graded by our attorney professors - CalSouthern does not use “graders.” The same personal attention comes through in academic advising. Academic Advisers are always available to assist our law students when needed.

We have redesigned our program to place a greater emphasis on the skills needed to successfully pass both the California First Year Law Students’ Examination and the California Bar Examination. Our JD program emphasizes legal writing throughout the entire first year of law study. Courses challenge you to think critically, to apply the law to facts, and to clearly communicate – all crucial skills for anyone with a legal education.

I invite you to look around our website and submit an application for admission. Courses begin on the first day of every month, so you can begin your legal education whenever you are ready. I look forward to seeing your application.


Bernadette Agaton, JD
Dean, School of Law

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