|San Joaquin College of Law|
|Dean||Janice L. Pearson|
|Faculty||7 full-time; 35 adjunct|
|Location||Clovis, CA, USA|
|Colors||Black & Silver|
San Joaquin College of Law (SJCL) is a private, non-profit law school in Clovis, California. It was founded in Fresno in 1969 by a group of San Joaquin Valley judges and attorneys because no accredited law school existed in the area. The school began instruction in 1970.
In December 1996, SJCL relocated to a new facility, the original Clovis High School building, which was built in 1920. Melding the old and the new, the renovated historic building allows the school to expand. The new facility includes a new courtroom and lecture hall, greatly enlarged library and computer facility, and modern classrooms, while retaining the campus feel of the school campus. There remains no comparable institution for 120 miles in any direction.
SJCL claims more than 28% of the total practicing lawyers in the Fresno area are SJCL graduates, including 46% of women and 35% of minority lawyers.
The San Joaquin College of Law is now concentrating its efforts on obtaining American Bar Association (ABA) accreditation. SJCL is currently approved by the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California, and accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), The school expects to seek ABA accreditation in the near future. During 2003-2006, its first time bar passage rate ranged from 28 to 49 percent. Thus far, 88% of its graduates have eventually passed the California Bar examination.
The San Joaquin Agricultural Law Review (SJALR), published by SJCL students, circulates nationwide. Recently, the California Supreme Court cited a SJALR comment written by Deborah Boyett, 2000-01 Editor-in-Chief, in its opinion dealing with generic commodity advertising. (See Gerawan Farming, Inc. v. Lyons (Nov. 27, 2000, S080610) 2000 Cal. Lexis 8927. Moreover, SJALR has received critical attention on numerous occasions from the National Law Journal.
Students and faculty of San Joaquin College of law provide free alternative dispute resolution services in family law property disputes. They meet with husband and wife in the mediation setting to help them negotiate a legal agreement while avoiding the time and expense of going to court. In their role as mediators, they do not represent either party, nor do they represent the parties jointly. Their task is to help guide people to a mediated settlement of their family law property dispute. Once an agreement is negotiated, they will prepare a copy for each participant to review with an attorney of choice and for filing with the court when signed.