Vision Statement

 The vision of Pacific Coast University, School of Law, is the democratization of the Bar by providing an affordable, high-quality legal education to those members of society who –by reason of race, ethnicity, gender or socioeconomic background– have historically been excluded from or marginalized in the legal community. 

PCU's History

Pacific Coast University was founded in 1927, before the California State Bar itself was formed. The University originally offered graduate programs in Business and Divinity as well as Law, but the former schools, as well as an undergraduate college, fell victim to the Great Depression.

The Law School survived not only the Great Depression but also World War II, thanks to Dean Carl Manson who taught all classes while the professors were off at war. During the post-war years, Dr. Manson resumed his duties as Dean, a post he held until his death in 1980.

Under Dean Manson’s leadership, the University operated successfully in the Long Beach area for over three quarters of a century. Now in its 95th year of operation, the School of Law has graduated hundreds of attorneys who have served in the area in private law practice, in public service, and as judges and leaders in the legal community. 


Application Requirements

Personal Statement

Two (2) Letters of Recommendation

Undergraduate School Transcripts or
CLEP scores


  • Graduates from ABA-approved schools can sit for the bar exam in any U.S. State upon completion of their Juris Doctor degree program.

  • Graduates from California-accredited law schools can sit for the California bar exam upon completion of their Juris Doctor Degree program. 

  • Graduates from California registered unaccredited law schools must pass the FYLSX after completion of their first year of law school. Graduates can sit for the California bar exam upon completion of their Juris Doctor Degree program.




Pursuant to Guideline 2.3(D) of the Guidelines for Unaccredited Law School Rules, PCU makes the following disclosures: 

“The method of instruction at this law school for the Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree program is 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 Title 4, Division 1, Chapter 1 Rule 4.3(I) of the Rules of the State Bar of 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 the 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.” 

Information accurate as of April 1, 2023; subject to change without notice.