School of Law Faculty

School of Law Faculty

The faculty mentors in CalSouthern’s School of Law are skilled, practicing attorneys as well as dedicated, responsive and highly credentialed educators.

They will be there for you—via phone, email or Skype—to answer any questions you may have and to help you master the course material. And, equally important, they will help you take the concepts you learn and apply them to resolve challenges commonly faced in legal practice today.

CalSouthern’s faculty mentors are positive, encouraging and supportive—and entirely dedicated to your academic and professional success.


James Coulter, JD

Faculty Mentor, Law

Areas of Interest and Expertise
Criminal law, criminal procedure, evidence, Constitutional law

Mr. Coulter is presently the Assistant District Attorney in charge of the Central Justice Center for the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, which is responsible for handling all of the general misdemeanor and felony cases for the Central Orange County jurisdiction. He started his career as a prosecutor in the Riverside D.A.’s office before transferring to Orange County in 1989. He has handled thousands of criminal cases while serving in a number of different assignments in the office, including heading the Training Division, which is responsible for the training all of the attorney’s, paralegals and investigators in the office.

He holds a JD from Pepperdine Law School and BBA from the University of Southern California. In addition to his work as a Deputy District Attorney, he instructs police officers in the areas of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault laws. Finally, he mentors students at California Southern Law School in the areas of: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure and Evidence.

Assistant District Attorney
Orange County District Attorney’s Office
Prosecution of all types of criminal cases. Currently the Manager of the Central Justice Center—overseeing all of the general misdemeanor and felony prosecutions for Central Orange County 1989 to present

Deputy District Attorney
Riverside County District Attorney’s Office
Prosecution of all types of criminal cases. 1988 to 1989

Peace Officer Standards Training Instructor
Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault for First Responders
Domestic Violence for Crisis Negotiators. 1998 to present
Educational Background

JD, Pepperdine University, California; BS Business Administration, University of Southern California

Courses Taught
  • LAW 5115 - Criminal Law
  • LAW 5116 - Criminal Procedure
  • LAW 5135 - Evidence
  • LAW 85223 - Pre-Trial Practice
  • MSL 86100 - Criminal Law
  • MSL 86300 - Constitutional Law


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