Peoples College of Law is a small, fully licensed, degree-granting law school located in downtown Los Angeles, California offering a four-year evening Juris Doctor program to accommodate working students.
PCL was founded in 1974 as a non-profit 501(c)3 under the name The Guild Law School. The school exists to bring legal resources to under-represented communities and to train legal advocates dedicated to securing progressive social change and justice in society.
Our recruitment and admissions policies are strongly directed toward socio-politically conscious Native American, Asian Pacific Islander, African-American/Black and Latina/o students. Our goal is to have a student body that is at least half women and two/thirds Third World People. Peoples College of Law affirmatively recruits LGBT applicants.
The students we admit must demonstrate a commitment to progressive social change, have an awareness of working class issues and be willing to employ the skills gained at the school to further these progressive causes in their own way.
Our graduates work as lawyers, state and federal administrative judges and commissioners, activists and union organizers, publishers, editors, labor and legislative leaders. All have shared the unique and glavanizing experience of graduating from the only non-competitive, cooperative, student and community-run, progressive law school in the world!
Disclosure Required by Guidelines for Unaccredited Law Schools, Committee of Bar Examiners, State Bar of California, Effective January 1, 2008
The method of instruction at this law school for the Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree program is [principally in physical classroom facilities]/[principally by correspondence]/[principally by technological means including interactive classes].
Students enrolled in the J.D. degree program at this law school who successfully complete the first year of law study must pass the First-Year Law Students’ Examination required by Business and Professions Code § 6060(h) and Rule VIII of the Rules Regulating Admission to Practice Law in California as part of the requirements to qualify to take the California Bar Examination. A student who passes the First-Year Law Students’ Examination within three (3) administrations of the examination after first becoming eligible to take it will receive credit for all legal studies completed to the time the examination is passed. A student who does not pass the examination within three (3) administrations of the examination after first becoming eligible to take it must be promptly disqualified from the law school’s J.D. degree program. If the dismissed student subsequently passes the examination, the student is eligible for re-enrollment in this law school’s J.D. degree program, but will receive credit for only one year of legal study.
Study at, or graduation from, this law school may not qualify a student to take the bar examination or to satisfy the requirements for admission to practice in jurisdictions other than California. A student intending to seek admission to practice law in a jurisdiction other than California should contact the admitting authority in that jurisdiction for information regarding the legal education requirements in that jurisdiction for admission to the practice of law.