Although Cal Northern School of Law does not provide employment placement services, students often find employment through less formal means. Job announcements received by Cal Northern School of Law are posted on the law school’s bulletin boards and faculty and staff members provide an informal referral network. Students sometimes learn of job openings through the law school’s Legal Internship program and as a result of student membership in the local bar associations.
Students with a disability have a right to reasonable accommodation in accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act. Accommodation requests should be submitted to the Administrative Office in accordance with the school’s policy for accommodation of disabled students.
The Cal Northern Student Bar Association (SBA) is supported by membership fees paid at the beginning of the fall semester and is open to all Cal Northern students. New officers and class representatives are elected each year. SBA representatives work with the administration to ensure that student needs are known. The SBA presents programs and social events throughout the year.
The law library is an integral part of Cal Northern School of Law and serves the needs of students, faculty and staff. The library collection includes the materials required by the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California, such as federal and California cases and statutes, encyclopedias, digests, periodicals and other legal reference materials. Through LexisNexis students have unlimited online access to legal research.
It should be noted that LexisNexis computerized legal research library is limited to research directly connected to educational activities. Please understand sharing IDs is against LexisNexis and Cal Northern policy and should not be done. Any violation may subject the student to disciplinary action.
The law library is provided for study, academic research and related activities for the students of Cal Northern School of Law. Since the law library is a shared facility, talking, socializing, and other disruptive activities are not permitted. No food or beverages of any kind are permitted in the law library.
The law library is open Monday through Thursday from 9:00a.m. to 9:30p.m. on Friday from 9:00a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sundays from 10:00a.m. to 4:00p.m. during the academic year. The open hours may be modified from time to time.
An annual Law Library Fee of $100.00 is due at the beginning of the fall semester. The fee entitles the student to the use of the law library facilities and its research and reference materials as well as use of the computer lab.
The campus has a wireless network that allows students with wireless-enabled laptops to access LexisNexis and the Internet from anywhere on campus. Unless students are specifically directed to do so by their instructor, students are not permitted to access the wireless network during class.
The library includes a computer center with three workstations where students may access online legal research databases, selected law-related domains, the Internet and word processing software as well as a printer.
Cal Northern School of Law encourages student interaction for learning purposes. The Socratic method of instruction, generally used in teaching law allows for student questioning and dialogue. Students are encouraged to form study groups for continued study, discussion and preparation outside the structured classroom program. Quite space for individual and group study is available during the day and on weekends when the library is open. A student lounge is provided with a microwave oven and vending machines containing a variety of snacks and beverages.
Current textbook lists will be available upon receipt of the Fall, Spring and Summer Student Bulletins. Students are advised to wait to purchase texts until receipt of the bulletin in order to purchase the current edition. The Law School does not sell books or study aids but occasionally the Law School will accept pre-orders for hard to find textbooks. The Law School also hosts a “Used Book Sale” at the beginning of the Fall semester where incoming students can buy used textbooks directly from other Cal Northern students.
The Law School operates an on-site store where students can purchase legal dictionaries, school supplies and Cal Northern merchandise. The Bookstore is open Mondays from 9:00a.m. to 5:00p.m., Tuesday through Thursday from 9:00a.m. to 6:30p.m. and Friday from 9:00a.m. to 1:00p.m.
Refund policy: All book returns must be made within 3 weeks of the date of purchase. To be accepted for a refund, books must be in perfect condition, without any marks. A receipt must accompany all returns. Books sold in shrink wrap, special order books and other miscellaneous texts are non-returnable.
Cal Northern School of Law contracts with BARBRI, a commercial bar review provider, to provide law study materials to its students. Access to BARBRI study materials, including study outlines and online resources are provided to each student in the first semester of enrollment.
Enrollment and participation in this program is mandatory for all J.D. students enrolling for the first time, or reentering after an absence, during or after the 2013-2014 academic year, as a condition of graduation. Participation is strongly encouraged but voluntary for continuing J.D. students.
Transfer students admitted in 2013-2014 and thereafter will be required to pay a BARBRI supplemental fee. The fee is normally due and payable upon enrollment but payment over the first two semester of enrollment, or longer if necessary, may be arranged with the Administration Office.
Each student is issued an ID card within the Fall semester of their first year. The card will be good throughout the student’s attendance at Cal Northern and entitles the student to discounts on study aids and workshops offered by the Student Bar Association.
The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, protects students from having their records released to persons or institutions without the written consent of the student. Exceptions are Cal Northern personnel, officials of other institutions in which the student seeks to enroll, accrediting agencies carrying out their accreditation functions, organizations providing the student’s financial aid, and persons in compliance with a judicial order. Exceptions also may be made for persons in an emergency in order to protect the health or safety of a student. Certain “directory” information may be released to third parties, such as name, city, and enrollment status. A student may restrict or prevent access to this information by requesting in writing that the Registrar not release this information. Cal Northern School of Law is committed to maintaining student confidentiality.
Every graduate is eligible to become a member of the Alumni Association. The Alumni Association hosts social events throughout the year, publishes an Alumni Directory, and awards an annual Alumni Scholarship to a graduating student each Spring.
Cal Northern School of Law provided me with a unique and manageable opportunity to earn my law degree while holding down a full time job and raising a family. We’re very fortunate to have this high quality night law school in Northern California.Edward Rizzuto - Class of 2007
The professors are experienced, working legal professionals – all with a passion for the law and teaching. I worked full time and attended classes in the evenings.Margaret Buchan - Class of 2009
Receiving my legal education at Cal Northern School of Law allowed me to obtain a high quality legal education, taught by practicing attorneys, while also having the freedom to work full time.Matthew Watkins - Class of 2003