Whittier Law School Moving to Costa Mesa

Whittier Law School will open its new campus on a 15-acre site in Costa Mesa in August 1997, school officials have announced.

The institution is buying a commercial site at Harbor Boulevard and Sunflower Avenue and will renovate the buildings.

College and city officials hailed the plan, saying the school will be a boon to the legal and business communities in Orange County, the largest metropolitan area in the nation without an American Bar Assn.-accredited law school. Whittier Law School is accredited by the group.


Orange County Bar Assn. President Jennifer Keller said that in addition to serving the business community, the school will provide students and faculty to help with the bar association’s pro bono work and other community projects that serve the county’s indigent.

The decision last week ended fierce competition in Orange County for the school, which announced in February that it would leave its cramped campus in the Hancock Park area of Los Angeles.

The incoming class this August will attend classes in Irvine in a complex off Jamboree Road, while the second- and third-year classes remain in Los Angeles. The entire school will move to Costa Mesa next year.