Empire College UPDATE – Classes Restart Tomorrow, 10/17

October 16, 2017

To everyone in our amazing Empire College community:

Over the weekend, we attempted to call every student to ensure that they were safe and to ask about when they could return to school. The overwhelming response from the students we talked to was that they wanted to be back in their classes. Based on this response, we plan to open tomorrow, Tuesday, October 17 for classes starting at 8 am. We realize it will not be business as usual, but it will be the first important step.

At our faculty meeting this morning, we outlined a plan based on what we know now. Here is what we have noted going forward for Business School students:

  • The current module will be extended by one week. This means that this week will be week 5 and finals week will start on Monday, October 23. The next module start will shift to Monday, October 30.
  • Every attempt will be made to help students complete their classes this module.
  • Schedules for the (now) October 30 mod start will be released on Wednesday, October 25.

For Business and Law students:

  • The building is not damaged, however, be aware that there will be no heat until the gas is restored, hopefully Wednesday. Please dress appropriately. Medical students are not required to wear scrubs this week.
  • Unfortunately, there is residual smoke in the building. This is being actively addressed, but if you have a health issue, please take precautions or let us know if you cannot attend as a result.
  • Some students may have lost (or are not able to access) school supplies, textbooks, or scrubs. If you have any of these that you can share, please let us know.
  • For individual questions or concerns, feel free to contact us at (707) 546-4000 or email nsongster@empirecollege.com (Business School) or tchodora@empirecollege.com (Law School).

For students who have been affected, there is a Local Assistance Center (LAC) set up at 427 Mendocino Avenue (the first floor of the Press Democrat building downtown Santa Rosa). There are many resources available there.


Alicia Bronbach, Esq.

(Class of 2006)
One of the advantages of Empire as a night vs. traditional law school is the real-life experience that most students have between college and law school. Being a second-career lawyer, you bring a lot more value to the table and to a prospective employer than you may appreciate.

Jacqueline Rosario, Esq

(Class of 2014)
I wanted to be an attorney because I wanted to make a difference in this world, and I feel that I am doing that. It is very rewarding, and I am blessed to be living my dream. I recommend to everybody considering law school that if you want to do this and have the will to do it, do it.

Chris Van Nuys

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