| Los Angeles, CA, US|
4,600 USD (2012)
| Private, Non-profit Law School|
660 S Bonnie Brae St, Los Angeles, CA 90057, USA
Producing Social Justice Lawyers
Antonio Villaraigosa, Gil Cedillo, Maria Elena Durazo, Ilka Tanya Payán, Jeff Cohen
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The People's College of Law (PCL) is an unaccredited, private, non-profit, Juris Doctor-granting law school located just off Wilshire Boulevard in the downtown Los Angeles community of Westlake-MacArthur Park. PCL offers a part-time, four-year evening law program centered on work in the public interest.
People's College of Law Wikipedia
Aimed at addressing inequities in law and society, PCL was founded in 1974 for individuals historically denied access to legal training and representation. The school maintains a socio-political requirement that states: "An eligible candidate will be able to demonstrate a commitment to progressive social change." PCL uses alternative methods of law school admissions, which does not rely on the LSAT because it is considered culturally biased. Tuition is kept low through the use of volunteer faculty, consisting of working Attorneys, Judges and law professors. Students and members of the PCL community volunteer to maintain the facilities, allowing all students to graduate debt free.
PCL is registered with the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California as an unaccredited law school and may grant the juris doctor (J.D.) law degree. Its students must take and pass the First-Year Law Students' Examination, also known as the "Baby Bar", at the end of their first year in order to receive credit for their law study and eventually qualify to sit for the California Bar Examination. It is not approved by the American Bar Association.
For the years 2010 through 2015, 32 Peoples College graduates have taken the California Bar Examination; of that number, 6 passed the examination for a pass rate of 18%.
The People's College of Law has one of the lowest tuition rates for a J.D. program in the United States. The annual tuition in 2016 was only $4,000.Antonio Villaraigosa, former Mayor of Los Angeles,
Maria Elena Durazo, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the [Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO
Gilbert Cedillo, former state senator and city councilor
commentator for Fox News Channel's Fox News Watch, for MSNBC and CNN, Jeff Cohen
Publisher of the LA Progressive, Sharon Kyle
Director of the UCLA Labor Center, Kent Wong
Carol Sobel, formerly of the ACLU and currently Ex. VP of the National Lawyers Guild
AIDS activist Ilka Tanya Payán became a lawyer in 1981, practiced immigration law and was a New York City Human Rights Commissioner