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.
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.