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Empire College School of Law has been providing a rigorous and quality Juris Doctor education with evening classes for students wishing to pursue careers in the field of law for more than 40 years. Our alumni include members of the judiciary in Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino, Merced and Lassen counties, and we are very proud of the accomplishments of all of our graduates. Beginning in the Fall of 2013, a Master’s Degree in Legal Studies was added to the School of Law’s offerings.

Our professors are practicing attorneys and judges from the North Bay area who teach in their specialty areas. With classroom settings that are personalized and professional, they use their practical experience to build a participatory atmosphere and make the realities of law come alive.

Empire College School of Law also has a proud history of community outreach. Currently, students participate in a variety of clinics offering free legal services to elderly, disabled and low-income citizens. In addition, Empire School of Law was awarded the Small Claims Advisory service for Sonoma County in 2005, through which students have assisted more than 23,000 clients with a variety of legal matters.

School of Law Mission Statement:

The mission statement of Empire College School of Law is to provide a positive learning environment to achieve a quality legal education. Taught by judges and practicing attorneys, the School of Law’s courses emphasize academic excellence and the development of practical lawyering skills.

The School is dedicated to instilling students with the highest principles of professional, ethical and moral responsibility. Students will be enabled to pursue diverse career choices through the acquisition of a thorough knowledge and understanding of the legal system.


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