WEB EXCLUSIVES:Alumni Profile: Alfred E. Tierney ’09, 90 Years in 5 Minutes: A video history of California Western

In this issue of Res Ipsa, we reflect on our 90-year history of excellence. From our humble beginnings as an evening bar prep program to our position today as a leader in profession-ready education, California Western has always focused on the needs of our students and alumni. Revisit our history with us and join us as we prepare lawyers for the future.

A Look Back at California Western’s Remarkable Journey
In the midst of the Roaring ‘20s, an ambitious young attorney persuaded the principal of San Diego High School to let him start an evening class on campus to help adults prepare for the bar exam.

That course created by Leland Ghent Stanford was the modest but entirely appropriate beginning of what eventually would become California Western School of Law, which over the past 90 years has evolved into one of the most respected and innovative independent law schools in the nation—and a leader in providing what Dean Niels Schaumann calls “a 21st century legal education.”
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Video: 90 Years in 5 Minutes
Go back in time with us as we visit the earliest days of our law school and hear students, faculty, and alumni reflect upon our continued commitment to preparing graduates for the practice of law.
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Nine Decades of Alumni Outcomes
California Western graduates have made meaningful contributions to the law, to society, and to the world from our earliest days to our most recent graduating class. We celebrate nine decades’ worth of alumni success with these nine stories.
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Meet Our Alumni:

Video: Alfred E. Tierney ’09
Alfred E. Tierney ’09 talks about how California Western helped prepare him for a career with the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C.
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