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San Francisco
Law School

SFLS has been making legal education accessible and affordable for more than 100 years.

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The San Francisco Law School (SFLS) was founded in 1909 with the goal of making legal education accessible to everyone. More than 100 years later, SFLS is still fulfilling that goal, with convenient, part-time evening classes at our San Francisco campus. Our program is flexible and customizable, empowering students to work full-time while earning their Juris Doctor in four years.

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Our Mission

Our Juris Doctor (JD) program provides an accessible legal education to a diverse student population, many of whom balance a full-time career and family responsibilities with their part-time studies. As a CalBar registered unaccredited law school, we’re driven to provide a high-quality legal education, empowering students to take the California Bar Exam and practice law in the state of California.

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Why Choose San Francisco Law School?

The flexible and affordable JD program at our law school in San Francisco supports an inclusive learning environment and a curriculum that helps prepare students for the California Bar Exam and a career in today’s dynamic legal industry.

100+ Years of Excellence

Since its founding in 1909, SFLS has created a rich legacy of diversity, social justice, and community.

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Long-Standing Accreditation

SFLS has been continuously accredited by the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California since 1937.

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Rooted in Diversity

SFLS was among the first participating law schools in California to actively recruit women, minorities, and other underrepresented student communities. That commitment to diversity and opportunity is still at the core of our institution.

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Real World Experience

With practicing attorneys and judges representing most of our faculty, students are given the opportunity to get hands-on experience through law firm fieldwork and internship opportunities.

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At SFLS, Flexibility Meets Affordability to Accommodate Your Needs

We believe that a law degree should be accessible to anyone with the passion and drive to safeguard public interest and help their community, no matter their circumstances. Our part-time program takes four years to complete, so you can balance work, family or other responsibilities while you pursue your degree as a law student at our San Francisco Bay Area school.

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Meet Our Faculty

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SFLS is a Registered Unaccredited Law School

The method of instruction at this law school for the Juris Doctorate (J.D.) degree program is principally by technological means including interactive classes.

Students enrolled in the J.D. degree program at this law school who successfully complete the first-year law study must pass the First-Year Law Students’ Examination required by Business and Professions Code §6060(h) and Title 4, Division 1, Chapter 1 Rule 4.3(l) of the Rules of The State Bar of California as part of the requirements to qualify to take the California Bar Examination. A student who passes the First-Year Law Students’ Examination within three (3) administrations of the examination after first becoming eligible to take it will receive credit for all legal studies completed to the time the examination is passed. A student who does not pass the examination within three (3) administrations of the examination after first becoming eligible to take it must be promptly disqualified from the law school’s J.D. degree program. If the dismissed student subsequently passes the examination, the student is eligible to reenrollment in this law school’s J.D. degree program, but will receive credit for only one year of legal study.

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

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