The Santa Barbara & Ventura Colleges of Law in California | The Colleges of Law

The Santa Barbara & Ventura Colleges of Law in California | The Colleges of Law

August 25, 2019 2 By Stanley Isaacs


(bright piano music) Dr. Nehmer – Colleges of Law was
established in 1969 for those that can’t stop their
lives for this experience. For those that do need
to have a day job, they have family obligations, that will have to
come to night school. And we have graduate after
graduate after graduate who had that experience with us, who can tell that story of how this place
transformed their lives. Sheri Valley – My youngest was going to
be graduating from college and I thought, you know what? I’ve always wanted to do
this. I should do this now. I wish I would’ve done
it a long time ago. This is the first
time I’ve ever sat in a classroom and loved it. I’m hoping to get a job with
the public defender’s office in mental health. I’m glad I did it.
I’m glad I’m doing it. Craig Smith – We offer a very
supportive environment because the study of
law is very challenging and it takes a lot of dedication
on the part of the student. So we’re able to
offer a support system to permit the student to go
on and acquire the knowledge and acquire the
skill it’s gonna take to graduate from law
school, pass the bar exam, be successful as an attorney. (bright music) Joyce Dudley – This law school
gave me a chance to take all of the
feelings I ever had about justice and
fairness and accessibility to the criminal justice system, and it gave me a a forum
in which I could do it. Chad Smith – We are a smaller law school, and so that provides
us opportunities for individual
one-on-one instruction. And so there’s much
more opportunity for the student who
comes here to interact with the instructor,
the professors. Many of our students
stay in the community, and as a result, our alumni
have a substantial presence within the legal profession
here in Santa Barbara. Dr. Nehmer – These are practicing attorneys and they are district attorneys and they’re defense attorneys and they are judges
and commissioners. Those that work and interact
with the legal sector. That’s where our
community starts. And I’ve listened to
graduates who’ve said, you know, when I was here, I would take a class
from a practicing judge. I’m not saying that I have
some special relationship with that judge, but
I have a relationship. That often takes a
long time for somebody in the legal field to build
that connection and awareness with those that serve
in the community. By coming here to
the Colleges of Law, they can have access starting
their first day on campus. Joyce Dudley – I think it’s important
for people to understand that a law degree gives
you an opportunity to make a difference…forever. (hopeful music) Dr. Nehmer – My advice to students
is to trust the process, to see this as a challenge, and I can guarantee you
that if you do that, you’ll get the benefits
on the other side. (hopeful music)