About Empire College School of Law

Empire College School of Law provides comprehensive legal training to aspiring lawyers and professionals of all kinds. Our coursework is taught by practicing judges and attorneys and supplemented with hands-on practicum.

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The Empire Difference 

At Empire College School of Law, we take an innovative approach to legal education. For more than 40 years, we have offered rigorous evening courses to future lawyers and other professionals who benefit from an advanced understanding of the law. This is because our school offers both the traditional Juris Doctor degree, as well as a Master of Legal Studies. We are proud to say that several alumni from our Juris Doctor program are now judiciary members in the counties of Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino, Merced, and beyond.

We owe much of our success to our professors, a talented team of experienced judges and attorneys from the North Bay area. By teaching within their areas of practice, our instructors can easily illustrate how the law applies to everyday life. This approach also enables our faculty to build a participatory environment that is both personalized and professional.

In addition, Empire College School of Law has a proud history of community outreach. Since its doors opened in 2005, our Small Claims Advisory has served over 25,000 clients in Sonoma County. We also provide free legal counsel to elderly, disabled, and low-income citizens through six diverse law clinics. These philanthropic traditions have earned us national recognition on former President Obama’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for several years in a row.


Our Mission

Above all else, we strive to provide a positive learning environment so that our students may achieve a quality legal education. This education is facilitated by practicing professionals who emphasize academic excellence and the development of practical lawyering skills.

Alongside these capabilities, we seek to instill students with the highest standard of professional, ethical, and moral responsibility. This blend of knowledge and integrity enables our graduates to experience prosperity and fulfillment in a broad range of disciplines.

Angela Emerick, Esq.

(Class of 2015)

"Being born in Australia and becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2009, I understand the process and honor of becoming an American citizen and am proud to help those in their quest to become citizens and better their lives."

Daryl Reese, Esq.

(Class of 2014)

"I decided to enroll in Law School when I was 50 years old having enjoyed a full career in the nonprofit sector. Now I have a robust business and nonprofit law practice serving clients throughout the State of California and I am loving it. I could never have made that kind of career transition if it had not been for Empire Law School. The opportunity to take evening courses and at a cost far less than other law schools, and to do so in my own community made my career shift affordable, enjoyable, and attainable."

Orchid Vaghti, Esq.

(Class of 2010)

"There are not that many new lawyers who have the experience to go to trial. They would not be ready for it. Seeing the practical points of the legal process through her Empire education gave Orchid an advantage."
- L. Stephen Turer, Esq.