Cal Northern School of Law has been accredited by the Committee of Bar Examiners (“the Committee”) of the State Bar of California since 1992.  The Committee is authorized by law to accredit law schools in California (“accredited law schools”) and oversee and regulate those law schools.  The Committee is the degree-granting authority for law schools accredited by the Committee.  Graduates of Cal Northern School of Law are eligible to become members of the State Bar of California, as well as the bar of other jurisdictions upon passage of their respective bar examinations.

In keeping with our mission to offer an affordable quality legal education, the School of Law has not sought approval from the American Bar Association.  The School of Law is in the multi-phase process of seeking accreditation by the regional accrediting organization, Western Associations of Schools and Colleges (WASC).  The following statement has been provided by WASC:

Cal Northern School of Law has applied for Eligibility from the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).  WSCUC has reviewed the application and determined that Cal Northern School of Law is eligible to proceed with an application for Candidacy and Initial Accreditation.  A determination of Eligibility is not a formal status with the WASC Senior College and University Commission, nor does it ensure eventual accreditation.  It is a preliminary finding that the institution is potentially accreditable and can proceed within four years of its Eligibility determination to be reviewed for Candidacy and Initial Accreditation status with the Commission.  Questions about Eligibility may be directed to the institution or to WSCUC atwascsr@wascsenior.org or (510) 748-9001.

A record of the Commission’s action taken after CNSL’s first Seeking Accreditation Visit (SAV1) November 18-20, 2015 may be found here:  SAV1_Action_Letter

For information related to the law school’s graduates bar examination pass rates, visithttp://admissions.calbar.ca.gov/Examinations/Statistics.aspx.


Study at, or graduation from, this law school may not qualify a student to take the bar examination or be admitted to practice law in jurisdictions other than California.  A student who intends to seek admission to practice outside of California should contact the admitting authority in that jurisdiction for information regarding its education and admission requirements.