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School of Law History

Empire College School of Law has been providing a rigorous and quality Juris Doctor education with evening classes for students wishing to pursue careers in the field of law for more than 40 years. Our alumni include members of the judiciary in Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino, Merced and Lassen counties, and we are very proud of the accomplishments of all of our graduates. Beginning in the Fall of 2013, a Master’s Degree in Legal Studies was added to the School of Law’s offerings.

Our professors are practicing attorneys and judges from the North Bay area who teach in their specialty areas. With classroom settings that are personalized and professional, they use their practical experience to build a participatory atmosphere and make the realities of law come alive.

Empire College School of Law also has a proud history of community outreach. Currently, students participate in a variety of clinics offering free legal services to elderly, disabled and low-income citizens. In addition, Empire School of Law was awarded the Small Claims Advisory service for Sonoma County in 2005, through which students have assisted more than 23,000 clients with a variety of legal matters.

School of Law Mission Statement:

The mission statement of Empire College School of Law is to provide a positive learning environment to achieve a quality legal education. Taught by judges and practicing attorneys, the School of Law’s courses emphasize academic excellence and the development of practical lawyering skills.

The School is dedicated to instilling students with the highest principles of professional, ethical and moral responsibility. Students will be enabled to pursue diverse career choices through the acquisition of a thorough knowledge and understanding of the legal system.


Walking across the graduation stage already employed with a full-time job was very gratifying.

Nancy Clark

Paralegal, Galanti & Copenhaver, Inc.

Walking across the graduation stage already employed with a full-time job was very gratifying.

Nancy Clark

Paralegal, Galanti & Copenhaver, Inc.

I have worked with Empire’s Career Services Department and hired 10 bookkeepers over the years. We are grateful for their help to find the right fit.

Lee Ann Baer

Co-Owner, MLB Associates

Thank you for inviting us to the college fair Wednesday. I’ve scheduled a few interviews with a few students and alumni, and I think I have a shot at getting them connected with local employers. It was a great event!

Adrian Gould

Staffing Manager, Robert Half Accountemps