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.


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.