About Trinity Law School
At its core, our community is shaped by our commitment to the Gospel – the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. We exist to serve Christ by championing a biblical view of human law and government through our students, graduates, faculty, and staff. This influences our approach to the study of law in several ways:
- We are committed to cultivating student excellence through strong coursework and numerous opportunities for practical legal experience;
- We are proud to have one of the most diverse and supportive student bodies of any California law school;
- We are serious about integrating faith, law, Scripture, and the best legal and philosophical thought in our classes;
- We are interested in forming students who want to seek justice through whatever career or calling they may have.
We offer a three-year full time and a four-year part-time Juris Doctor (JD) program with classes available days, evenings, and Saturdays. Qualified students can earn the JD through four years of Saturday courses. Graduates may sit for the California Bar Examination.
Preparing students to flourish as attorneys dedicated to advocate for justice, serve the Church, and pursue the truth throughout the world for Christ.
As an institution committed to inerrant Scripture, given by God as our final authority for faith and life, we hold ourselves accountable to it and to each other with regard to these values as we cultivate academic excellence, Christian faithfulness, and lifelong learning.
- Christ Centeredness. We are here to model and to engender Christ centeredness in all that we do. The lordship of Christ should affect and be evident in every aspect of education, relationship, and endeavor at Trinity.
- Community Focus. We seek to be a learning community that operates by the ethics and values of the Kingdom of God. The makeup of the community should be a reflection of the breadth and diversity of the family of God. The way we treat people should be consistent with the morals, justice, compassion, humility, and love of our Lord. Interaction with students should both reflect an attitude of service to them as individuals and take advantage of opportunities for mentoring and modeling and personal development.
- Church Connectedness. We value service to the Church because we believe that the Church is God’s central vehicle to accomplish his work in the world. Our vision for serving the Church is a global vision, just as God’s vision for his Church is global. A particular value affecting Trinity’s work is to identify and meet the educational needs of the EFCA.
- Cultural Engagement. We seek to bring faith, life, and learning to bear on the issues facing our world. Our perspective is one of engagement with culture from a Christ-centered and biblically rooted foundation. We are committed to high standards of research, scholarship, thinking, and living as a means of preparing students to engage the world and to respond honestly and earnestly to those in a pluralistic society.
In 1980, a trio of Christian leaders – Dr. John Warwick Montgomery, Dr. Harold Lindsell, and Dr. Walter Martin – had a vision for an institution called the Simon Greenleaf School of Law. Their goal was the academic integration of law, human rights, and defense of the Christian faith. Eventually this school was renamed Simon Greenleaf University to reflect broader educational goals.
In 1997, SGU joined Trinity International University and was renamed Trinity Law School. Trinity’s broadly evangelical ethos includes many of the same emphases that accompanied the Law School’s original founding in 1980, including the integration of the Christian faith and other disciplines such as law and the humanities.
Trinity Law School is part of the Trinity International University family of schools. Trinity International University holds to the statement of faith of the Evangelical Free Church of America (adopted June 26, 2008). The Evangelical Free Church of America is an association of autonomous churches united around these theological convictions.