Cal Northern School of Law

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Cal Northern School of Law

Through our part-time evening law program students can work and still be home with their families while studying the law.

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Graduates consistently rank among the highest 1st time taker pass rates for California Accredited Law Schools!*

Cal  Northern  July  2014  first  time  taker

pass rate of 91% is the  HIGHEST  in  the  State  for California  accredited  and  ABA  schools  with  10  or more  takers!  Nationally,  only  three  ABA  schools  ranked  higher!  One for  the  record  books! Northern will open its first Self-Help Clinic

Spring 2015! 

Cal Northern will open a clinic to assist pro per litigants in Spring 2015.  Students will be offered a unique opportunity to learn about California pro per litigation in the areas of family law, landlord/tenant and small claims.

After an intensive 4-week instructional period, students will get hands-on experience by assisting pro per litigants to fill out forms and understand the court processes in their cases. Students will assist pro per litigants at a walk-in clinic that will be held at the law school on Thursday evenings from 7:00pm-8:30pm, from February 5, 2015 through April 23, 2015. It is anticipated that a second session will be offered in the summer.

The clinic will work in collaboration with Butte County’s SHARP program. SHARP’s managing attorney, Melanie Snider, will teach the course and supervise the clinic.  Students will gain competency skills training, which are newly-required by the California State Bar.

Cal Northern School of Law is the only law school between Sacramento and the Oregon border. Students earn a J.D. (Doctor of Jurisprudence) degree in four years of night study, which fulfills the educational requirements for admission to the State Bar of California

In addition to the traditional J.D. Degree program, Cal Northern offers a two-year (36-unit) Master of Legal Studies (M.L.S.) degree.  Our M.L.S. allows students from varied educational and professional backgrounds to gain a sophisticated understanding of the basic tenents of legal studies, legal reasoning, and the interaction between law and society.  The M.L.S. is appropriate for professionals whose work brings them into the interaction between law and their career field.  This program is designed to inform and educate professionals about the fundamentals of the law and help them gain an educated appreciation for the intricacies surrounding the intersection of law, public policy, and the professions.  Master's candidates shall take a variety of core classes in the law school curriculum in order to increase their understanding of the basic building blocks of the legal profession.  Professionals from diverse fields, including banking, finance, insurance education, law enforcement, human relations, and sales and marketing all deal with the law as it is applied to their activities.  With increased sophistication regarding legal principles, Master's candidates shall be able to increase their awareness of and preparation for legal issues which may arise in their daily lives.

The M.L.S. is for individuals who wish to study law, but who do not intend to practice law.  The completion of the M.L.S. does not qualify a student to take the California Bar Exam or satisfy the requirements for admission to practice law in California. 

Except as provided in Rule 4.30 of the Admissions Rules (Legal education in a foreign state or country), completion of a professional law degree program at this law school other than for the Juris Doctor degree does not qualify a student to take the California Bar Examination or satisfy the requirements for admission to practice law in California.  It may not qualify a student to take the bar examination or to satisfy requirements for admission to the practice of law in any other jurisdiction.  A student intending to seek admission to practice law should contact the admitting authority in the jurisdictions where the student intends to qualify to sit for the bar examination or to be admitted to practice for information regarding their legal education requirements.

We encourage you to contact us today to find out how we can help you earn your M.L.S. and move closer to reaching your professional goals.

CAL NORTHERN School of Law is located in Chico, California, about 100 miles north of Sacramento on Highway 99.

From Sacramento: Take Highway 99 North to Chico. Exit at Cohasset Road. Turn right, following the Airport signs. Take Cohasset Road north approximately one and a half miles to East Lassen Avenue. Turn right on East Lassen Avenue, then left at the next street, Ridgewood Drive. The Cal Northern campus will be on your right.

From Redding: Take Interstate 5 South to Red Bluff. Take Highway 99 South to Chico. Exit at Eaton Road. Turn left over the freeway and take Eaton Road east approximately two miles to Ceres. Turn right on Ceres, then right at the next street, Ridgewood Drive. The Cal Northern campus will be on your left.

*Information related to the school's graduates bar examination pass rates can be found at the State Bar's website,


"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

"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

"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

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Monday, March 16, 2015
Spring Break

Thursday, April 23, 2015
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Monday, April 27, 2015

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Cal Northern School of Law
1395 Ridgewood Drive, Ste 100
Chico, California 95973
(530) 891-6900