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.


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