Student Services

Empire College maintains an open-door policy for students. All members of the staff are accessible and encouraged to help students in any way they can. Many students find that the support, assistance and referral services provided can reduce or eliminate problems, which might improve progress in school.

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Advising and Guidance

Guidance is considered one of Empire College’s School of Law most important services. Personal guidance begins at the moment a prospective student indicates an interest in Empire College School of Law and continues throughout and beyond the term of education. Our goal is to support our students and assist them in reducing any obstacles that might interfere with their studies.

Educational Advising: The Dean of the Law School is available to assist students with academic advising. Any student having difficulty with a particular class or scheduling should see the Dean.

Study Groups and Instructional Assistance: Empire College School of Law fosters study groups and offers writing workshops for students to develop their IRAC structure (Issue, Rule, Analysis, and Conclusion) in writing exam answers. Professors often are available outside of class hours to meet with students.

Job Placement: Empire’s Career Services Department works with graduates to prepare them for their legal careers. Our placement services are based on employer relationships built over 40 years, and graduates may use this placement assistance as often as needed. Résumé preparation and interview techniques can be addressed by the Career Services Department staff who provide ongoing support and coaching during graduates’ job search.

Law Library

The law library is an integral part of Empire College School of Law. The library consists of California, Federal and other court reference works, reports, statutes and digests, as well as a growing collection of law reviews and treatises. Lexis/Nexis and Westlaw computerized legal research databases are available.

The library hours are as follows:

Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Friday 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Saturday 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sunday Open during exam periods

Courtrooms on Campus

Two Sonoma County Superior Courtrooms are housed within the Empire College building. The Honorable Lawrence G. Antolini, the Founding Dean of Empire College School of Law, presided over Courtroom 21 from 2000-2003. The Honorable Patrick M. Broderick, who was Dean of Empire College School of Law from 1997-2010, currently presides there. In the evening, the two courtrooms are utilized as classrooms for Empire College School of Law’s Moot Court and Trial Practice classes.


Richard Horrell

JD (Class of 2019)
I am the principal/director of a small school. I love my job and am so much better at it because I have a doctorate in law. I am able to manage my staff better. I am able to understand contracts that I am entering into on behalf of my agency. I am able to negotiate my contracts more efficiently. I am able to understand and implement employment law practices.

Carla Hernandez Castillo, Esq.

(Class of 2011)
Empire has a great reputation. I liked that the professors are practicing attorneys so you actually have instructors talking about what it is to be attorneys vs. other law schools where the professors have just always been professors.

Daniel Lanahan, Esq.

(Class of 2013)
Empire offers students the opportunity to build their reputations within the legal community while still in school. The clinical and internship opportunities available through Empire introduced me to a number of areas of law and helped determine the path I would take after graduation.