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.

Diane Aqui, Esq.

(Class of 2001)
Empire College gave me the opportunity to earn a Juris Doctorate while still working full time in my “first” career as an engineer. The professors are all practicing attorneys and judges and it is clear that they love what they do---guiding, teaching and mentoring a new group of potential lawyers, who one day will be their peers and practice alongside them in the legal community. I think one of my favorite cases since I graduated in 2001 was against a former Empire professor and I walked away with a win!

Andrew Conway, Esq.

(Class of 2014)
I decided to go to law school after interning for the Diversion program for the Sonoma County District Attorney's Office while I was in college. Empire provided me with friends who became colleagues, and Professors who became the Judges I appear in front of today. I have always wanted to work with the law and youth and I now manage a Dependency contract for Mendocino County, which has become my dream career as I get to do the exact job I wanted when I decided to go to law school. I definitely have my dream job thanks to Empire and their exceptional professors.

James V. Sansone, Esq.

(Class of 2006)
I picked Empire College because I had to juggle between family obligations and a fulltime job. Empire was the only option that allowed me to effectively manage my work and family obligations and still pursue a law degree. Thanks to Empire, I was able to pass the bar exam on my first try and begin a new, exciting, and lucrative legal career that I love.