The Santa Barbara and Ventura Colleges of Law will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary this month. Colleges of Law is the regions oldest and largest independent law school. The school prides itself in having a faculty comprised of judges and practicing attorneys who bring real-world experience into a practical learning environment. They are invested in the success of the students and share practical legal knowledge to enhance the educational experience. One significant benefit in attending Santa Barbara College of Law are the relationships made with professionals in the community. After five decades, Colleges of Law alumni include numerous distinguished members of the local legal community. Their service throughout California has helped to build the reputation of the Colleges of Law.
History of Santa Barbara College of Law
The Santa Barbara College of Law was founded in 1974 by a group of attorneys including Thomas Williams, Jr. and J.K. Herbert and was originally named the California Law Institute. The College of Law in Ventura was founded in 1969. Almost ten years later the Ventura College of Law acquired all the assets of the California Law Institute in Santa Barbara to expand because of growing enrollment. The two schools merged to become the Santa Barbara and Ventura Colleges of Law in 1978. After which, Santa Barbara College of Law received provisional accreditation by the Committee of Bar Examiners (CBE) of the State Bar of California.
The Future of Legal Education
An accredited nonprofit institution, Colleges of Law offers a Juris Doctor (J.D.) and a Master of Legal Studies (M.L.S.) program. The school is leading the charge to stay current with advancements in technology in the 21st Century. Starting in Fall 2018, Colleges of Law became the first accredited law school in California to offer a hybrid J.D. degree. The school is making waves as it is allowing more people to earn a law degree by becoming more accessible and affordable. These programs create an opportunity which will open doors for working adults to pursue their dreams of becoming a lawyer who are not able to attend traditional classes. Colleges of Law Juris Doctor program is accredited by the Committee of Bar Examiners (CBE) of the State Bar of California. For more information, visit collegesoflaw.edu.
50th Anniversary Gala
The Colleges of Law will celebrate a half-century of service to the local legal and business community with their 50th Anniversary Gala on September 21, 2019 to recognize the school’s historic achievements during an evening of fine dining and entertainment at the Museum of Ventura County. In recognition of the caliber of service and outstanding contribution to the local legal community, one such illustrious COL alumnae, the Hon. Colleen Toy White, will be presented with school’s inaugural Distinguished Alumni Award at the 50th Anniversary Gala.
Gala tickets may be purchased online at greenvelope.com/event/COL50thGALA or at the Colleges of Law campuses (located at 4475 Market Street, Ventura, and 20 E. Victoria Street, Santa Barbara). Tickets are $125 per guest, or Table Sponsors $1,000 for a table of 10; $900 for a table of 8. Read the full press release here.