INTERNATIONAL PACIFIC SCHOOL OF LAW (“IPSL”) is a new Correspondence Law School located In Los Angeles, California. Its predecessor, Pacific Law School in California (“PLSC”) was founded on January 17, 2007 to provide paralegal courses and training, leading to paralegal certification, solely for native Korean speaking students. To date, approximately 60 students have enrolled and successfully completed the training offered and have been certified by PLSC. These certified graduates are now productive members of the paralegal community. In addition to the above, PLSC also offers training in legal terminology for native Korean speaking ESL students. PLSC also offers the requisite training to the native Korean speaking community which allows individuals to apply for and be certified and licensed, by the State of California, as a Notary Public.
The initial mission of IPSL is to focus on motivated students seeking a J.D. degree level legal education, which students have completed at least two (2) years of college work (sixty (60) semester hours or ninety (90) quarter hours, which is equivalent to half that required for a Bachelors degree, or the foreign equivalent thereof, with a grade average adequate for graduation). All classes at IPSL are presented by pre-recorded video lecture available on the IPSL website. Successful completion of the 4 year IPSL correspondence law studies program by a student will result in the awarding of a Juris Doctor (“J.D.”) degree by IPSL and the qualification by its motivated graduates to take the California State Bar Examination, all pursuant to the applicable Rules of the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California (the “Committee”). Graduates that are successful in passing the Bar Examination and the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (“MPRE”), and so certified by the Committee, must be determined to be “qualified” by the California State Bar Association as a result of the Moral Character Evaluation of each graduate. Upon such determination by the State Bar, and if the graduate is also in compliance with the provisions of Rule 4.15(D) of the Admission Rules which requires compliance with California court-ordered child or family support obligations pursuant to Family Code § 17520, the graduate will be permitted to be sworn in as an Active member of the State Bar of California and thereby become entitled to practice before the Courts of the State of California and the Federal Courts. Included in the studies at IPSL are courses designed to teach and emphasize the Professional and Ethical standards expected and required to be practiced by each Active member of the Bar.
Over time, the emphasis of IPSL will migrate from its current orientation toward native Korean or Chinese speaking College or University students to all qualified students attending any College or University, seeking a full legal education and admittance to the California Bar through a mechanism of a correspondence legal education. This diversity is and will be emphasized in the faculty for IPSL.
As a part of the preparation for the training and education to be offered by IPSL, non-native English speaking students may be strongly advised to successfully complete either or both an Advanced ESL class and/or a Legal Terminology ESL class (not offered by IPSL) prior to the commencement of the first year of Law School studies at IPSL. Various English proficiency examinations (oral, written and reading) will be conducted during the interview and admissions process. Successful completion thereof will ensure the high degree of English fluency and competency necessary and proper to understand and deal with the legal concepts being taught by IPSL from the inception of the student’s enrollment and to eventually successfully represent clients as an attorney in California.
The pre-recorded video course offerings of IPSL will prepare the student to understand legal principles and theories, how they arose and are applied and the interrelationships thereof. IPSL students will be fully prepared to analyze real life legal issues and problems and to create effective solutions thereto. Skills in communication of these idea and solutions, both oral, and in writing, will be developed and emphasized at every stage of the student’s study and development.
Our highly experienced and professional faculty is fully qualified and committed to help each student build a solid legal understanding and foundation that will prepare him or her to enter the active practice of law as a member of the State Bar of California.
Howard H. Lee, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
President and Registrar
INTERNATIONAL PACIFIC SCHOOL OF LAW