Glendale University College of Law
Glendale University College of Law (GUCL) is a private
Private university
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, non-profit law school
Law school in the United States
In the United States, a law school is an institution where students obtain a professional education in law after first obtaining an undergraduate degree.Law schools in the U.S...

 in Glendale, California
Glendale, California
Glendale is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. As of the 2010 Census, the city population is 191,719, down from 194,973 at the 2000 census. making it the third largest city in Los Angeles County and the 22nd largest city in the state of California...


Founded in 1967 as Glendale College of Law, the institution renamed itself Glendale University College of Law in 1975. The University
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 confers an undergraduate degree, that is a Bachelor of Science in Law. The University's College of Law confers a professional doctorate, that is the Juris Doctor. The University publishes the Glendale Law Review, a scholarly journal that is indexed in the Index of Legal Periodicals. The University maintains 1 Faculty
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, that is a Faculty of Law. Recipients of the University's J.D. degree, who are otherwise properly registered as law students with the Committee of Bar Examiners, are qualified to sit the California State Bar. GUCL has been located in the same two story brick building for over 40 years since 1970, the building was constructed in 1941 by Los Angeles County for use by the Health Department and as a County Courthouse.

GUCL has been approved by the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California
State Bar of California
The State Bar of California is California's official bar association. It is responsible for managing the admission of lawyers to the practice of law, investigating complaints of professional misconduct, and prescribing appropriate discipline...

 since 1978, but does not have, has not sought nor currently seeks accreditation by the American Bar Association.


GUCL was founded by Dr. Seymour Greitzer, a special needs educator of, then, many years experience, and Julius Alpheus Leetham (1918 - 2008), a long term Los Angeles County, California Superior Court Judge, who was, also, Chairman of the Los Angeles County Republican Central Committee in the 1960s. Leetham served for a time as president of GUCL and presided there over student moot courts for decades. A 1940 graduate of Stanford University
Stanford University
The Leland Stanford Junior University, commonly referred to as Stanford University or Stanford, is a private research university on an campus located near Palo Alto, California. It is situated in the northwestern Santa Clara Valley on the San Francisco Peninsula, approximately northwest of San...

, Leetham served as a U.S. Army officer in the Pacific Theater during WWII. Leetham was aide-de-camp to Major General Rapp Brush
Rapp Brush
U.S. Army Major General Rapp Brush commanded the United States 40th Infantry Division from 1942 - 1945 during its WWII involvement in the United States armed forces' reconquest of the Phillipines. The 40th Infantry Division or "Sun Burst" Division was prior to its WWII activation on March 3, 1941...

, commander of the United States 40th Infantry Division. Thereafter, Leetham attended and in 1948 graduated from Harvard Law School
Harvard Law School
Harvard Law School is one of the professional graduate schools of Harvard University. Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, it is the oldest continually-operating law school in the United States and is home to the largest academic law library in the world. The school is routinely ranked by the U.S...

 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The 2 founders were of the opinion that ABA law school accreditation standards discouraged the evening study of law by working executives, who desired to advance their careers through adjunctive education in law, and by others, including disadvantaged minorities, who also did not have the luxury of attending law school without being concurrently employed, but, who, none the less, desired to contribute to society as legal professionals. These founders, accordingly, sought only to alternatively qualify GUCL students to sit the California State Bar. This remains GUCL policy to this day.

Notable current/former faculty

  • Stephen G. Larson
    Stephen G. Larson
    Stephen Gerard Larson is a former United States District Court judge.Larson was born in Fontana, California. He received a B.S. from Georgetown University in 1986. He received a J.D. from the University of Southern California Law School and was admitted to the California State Bar in 1989. He was...

    , former United States District Court judge; Adjunct Assistant Professor from 1997 to 2001
  • James E. Rogan
    James E. Rogan
    James Edward Rogan is a judge of the Superior Court of California, a law professor, an author, and a former Member of the United States House of Representatives from California...

    , former United States Congressman 105th and 106th Congresses and former United States Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office from 2001 to 2004; Adjunct Professor of Criminal Law from 1988 to 1995

Notable alumni

  • Stephen J. Gallon, class of 1997, Judge of the Superior Court for Riverside County, Calif.
  • Juan Carlos Dominquez, class of 1988, Judge in the Los Angeles County Superior Court
  • Patricia Morrow
    Patricia Morrow
    Patricia Morrow is a former actress, best known for her portrayal of waif-like Rita Jacks in the primetime soap opera Peyton Place from 1965 to 1969.-Acting career:...

    , former actress

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