Law Schools Accredited by State Bar Association (non-ABA)

Most law schools grant the J.D. (Juris Doctor) degree and are nationally accredited by the ABA (American Bar Association). In addition, some state legislatures or bar examiners, such as the Alabama State Bar and the State Bar of California, maintain a separate accreditation system which is open to non-ABA accredited schools. The graduates from those law schools are eligible to take bar exam within its state.
The following table lists the 24 law schools accredited by state bar association.
State-Accredited Law Schools
SchoolAccredited StateFoundedTuition & FeesApplication DeadlineApplication FeeBar Exam Pass Rate
Cal Northern School of Law PrivateChico, CACalifornia1992$21,000June 1, 2023$55-
Birmingham School of LawPrivateBirmingham, ALAlabama1915$8,340January 1, 1970$50-
Miles Law SchoolPrivateFairfield, ALAlabama1974-January 1, 1970$50-
Empire College School of LawPrivateSanta Rosa, CACalifornia1972$22,500July 1, 2023$75-
Glendale University College of LawPrivateGlendale, CACalifornia1798$24,095January 27, 2023$6562.00%
JFK School of LawPrivateSan Diego, CACalifornia1965$22,167January 1, 1970--
Lincoln Law School of SacramentoPrivateSacramento, CACalifornia1969$14,300January 1, 1970--
Lincoln Law School of San JosePrivateSan Jose, CACalifornia1919$22,000January 1, 1970--
Monterey College of LawPrivateSeaside, CACalifornia1972$24,300July 1, 2023$7536.00%
Northwestern California University School of LawPrivateSacramento, CACalifornia1982$3,900January 1, 1970$25-
San Francisco Law SchoolPrivateEmeryville, CACalifornia1909$977January 1, 1970$65-
San Joaquin College of LawPrivateClovis, CACalifornia1969$22,195January 1, 1970$5053.00%
The Santa Barbara and Ventura Colleges of Law at VenturaPrivateVentura, CACalifornia1969$19,152January 1, 1970-30.00%
The Santa Barbara and Ventura Colleges of Law at Santa BarbaraPrivateSanta Barbara, CACalifornia1969$19,152January 1, 1970-30.00%
St. Francis School of LawPrivateNewport Beach, CACalifornia2011$13,000August 4, 2023--
Thomas Jefferson School of LawPrivateSan Diego, CACalifornia1969$30,800January 1, 1970-38.00%
Trinity Law SchoolPrivateSanta Ana, CACalifornia1980$32,100January 1, 1970$3521.00%
San Luis Obispo College of LawPrivateSan Luis Obispo, CACalifornia2015$24,300July 1, 2023$75-
University of West Los Angeles School of LawPrivateInglewood, CACalifornia1966$26,066January 1, 1970$50-
Massachusetts School of LawPrivateAndover, MAMassachusetts1988$23,850January 1, 1970$40-
Nashville School of LawPrivateNashville, TNTennessee1911$8,502May 16, 2023$50-
University of La Verne College of LawPrivateOntario, CACalifornia1970$31,687January 1, 1970$50-
Concord Law SchoolPrivateLos Angeles, CACalifornia1998$12,420January 1, 1970-42.00%
Kern County College of LawPrivateBakersfield, CACalifornia2017$24,300July 1, 2023$7550.00%