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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.


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.