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.

One of the things that I appreciate about going to Empire College was that the training was so hands-on.

Yesenia Avalos

Medical Assistant Coordinator, West County Health Centers
Empire Law School provided the instruction, guidance, and motivation that I needed to pass the California State Bar Examination on the first try, despite the rigors of managing a full-time career and family commitments in parallel. I would absolutely recommend Empire Law School to anyone looking for relevant and masterful instruction in the subjects of law.

Chris Van Nuys

Operations Manager, LEMO USA, Inc. (Class of 2019)

By assisting clients at the Self-Help Access Center, students learn about law, human nature, society and challenges people face on a daily basis.

Michelle Brown

Empire Law Graduate

Empire is perfect for individuals seeking a practical, cost-effective legal education taught by committed practitioners. Empire enabled me to grow and learn through experiences with the Superior Court’s Office and the District Attorney’s office as a student and then launch into a rewarding career serving as General Counsel for American Home Shield >Corporation, The ServiceMaster Franchise Group, Graham Packaging Company, and currently, Evergreen Packaging.

Mark Lightfoot

General Counsel, Evergreen Packaging

Walking across the graduation stage already employed with a full-time job was very gratifying.

Nancy Clark

Paralegal, Galanti & Copenhaver, Inc.

I had a lot of friends go through Empire who had a great experience. If you want a solid IT foundation to get out in the workforce, it’s the place to be.

Blake Buchanan

Service Desk Analyst, Davita Medical Group