Notable Law Alumni

The graduates of California Southern University are a diverse and successful group of accomplished individuals. They represent a wide variety of professions and educational experiences, they also share the challenges of balancing careers, personal lives, and education.

CalSouthern is known for providing an adult approach to higher education. Our goal is to serve the individual needs of our student's lifestyles through online distance learning, providing the individual attention they need to ensure success.

We welcome you to view the profiles of just some of our many outstanding business graduates below.

  • Virginia Marsh, JD

Virginia Marsh, JD

San Pedro, CA
Juris Doctor, ’13

My CalSouthern Experience

For me, CalSouthern was a great fit right from the start. The commitment to personal connection that I personally value so highly was immediately evident, and it was consistent throughout, from admission through the graduation ceremony. I would like to personally thank faculty mentors Allison Butler and Mike Neff. I most especially thank Dean Sampong and Associate Dean Agaton for their ongoing personal interest, encouragement and support, which made it possible for me to graduate despite some challenges I encountered in my personal life during my program.

Click here to read the article: A Childhood Dream, Fulfilled: Virginia Marsh’s Long Road to the Practice of Law


Professional Summary

Virginia graduated from the California Southern University School of Law in August 2013, sat for and passed the California Bar Exam in February 2014, and opened her law office in San Pedro, California as a solo practitioner in August 2014. She practices general law and is a certified mediator, committed to helping ordinary people with their day-to-day legal issues. Having grown up in a small town in the mountains (Crestline, California), Virginia knows the value of relationships and community. She is dedicated to helping people resolve conflicts respectfully, and to preserving relationships whenever possible.

Virginia also owns VLM Consulting, a business she opened in 1993 which helps new endeavors create the administrative infrastructure they need. Clients have ranged from private schools to rock bands. In 2001, the U.S. Air Force contracted her to work with the chaplaincy to build a new paradigm of civilian clergy to serve where active-duty chaplains were unavailable. At the time she was hired, the proposed concept was unprecedented; the Air Force had no civilian clergy serving on contract, and there was only one Catholic priest serving on contract in the Army. The new paradigm has been proven to be quite successful: there are now more than 375 civilian Catholic priests serving via contract across all branches of the military.

Virginia first decided to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming an attorney in August 2008. She had obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree (in pediatric neuropsychology) in 1996 while her husband was serving in the U.S. Army and they were raising their three sons. She knew from that experience that it simply would not be feasible for her to attend a traditional law school while continuing to operate her consulting business. When she heard about CalSouthern’s online program, she realized this was the perfect means to accomplish her goals.


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