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What is a Swearing-in Ceremony?

September 20, 2019

After passing the California bar exam, JD graduates attend a swearing-in ceremony where they are officially accepted into the State Bar of California. During the ceremony, a practicing attorney makes a motion to have the graduate admitted to the bar. Often, the attorney is a mentor or relative of the graduate, though not always. Once the […]

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Dean Purtill with Empire Scholarship Recipients

Message from the Dean

September 16, 2019

“If you’re going to change things, you have to be with the people who hold the levers.” U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader GinsburgFor over forty years, Empire College School of Law graduates have successfully taken up positions as community leaders, business executives, attorneys and judges, here in Sonoma County and beyond. The school is […]

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Empire Law Students

What Can You Do with Empire’s Master of Legal Studies?

September 11, 2019

What can you do with Empire’s Master of Legal Studies?You don’t have to become a lawyer to understand the law. If you are interested in legal issues, desire a career related to the law, or need some legal expertise to give your career a boost, a Master of Legal Studies might be right for you.Earning a bachelor’s degree used […]

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Law School

Attend Law School without a Bachelor’s Degree

August 28, 2019

Most people don’t know they can achieve their law career goals without a bachelor’s degree, but it is possible. There are many good reasons students do not complete a BA or BS, and that shouldn’t stop them from pursuing their law career ambitions. At Empire College School of Law, we make it possible for students […]

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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.