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 Student Bar Association (SBA) 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. Emphasis is placed on the basic research required for classes. The law library consists of California, Federal and United States Supreme Court cases, California statutes, encyclopedias, digests, periodicals and other legal reference materials. LexisNexis and Westlaw computerized legal research libraries are also available to all students for legal research.
It should be noted that LexisNexis and Westlaw computerized legal research libraries are 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.
MATERIALS ARE NOT TO BE REMOVED FROM THE LIBRARY. Students who remove books and materials from the law library, except for photocopying, are subject 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.
A student lounge is provided with a microwave oven and vending machines containing a variety of snacks and beverages.
All textbooks required for courses are available for purchase in the Cal Northern School of Law Bookstore. The Bookstore also carries outlines, study aids, 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 tests are non-returnable.
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 often form study groups for continued study, discussion and preparation outside the structured classroom program. While study groups are not required or established by Cal Northern School of Law, the objectives and principles of such groups are supported by Cal Northern School of Law.
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, accreditting agencies carrying out their accreditation funtions, 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.
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