Pacific Coast University

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Coordinates: 33°47′10″N 118°08′28″W / 33.78611°N 118.14111°W / 33.78611; -118.14111

Pacific Coast University School of Law
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School typenon-profit law school
LocationLong Beach, CA, US
Bar pass rate14% (3/21) (July 2018 1st time takers)[1]
WebsitePCU Law School

Pacific Coast University (PCU), currently exclusively consisting of the Pacific Coast University School of Law, is a private, non-profit law school located in Long Beach, California, United States.


Founded in 1927, the PCU originally consisted of an undergraduate program along with graduate schools in business, divinity and law. However, all but the School of Law closed during the Great Depression. World War II nearly eliminated the School of Law but for the persistence of then Dean Carl Manson, who taught all the classes while the other professors were off at war. Manson continued as Dean until his death in 1980. In 1981 Dean Irving Schleimer, previously a member of the faculty, became the PCU's new dean.


The PCU School of Law was granted accreditation by the Committee of Bar Examiners[2] of the State Bar of California on September 25, 2010. Due to its mission as an evening-only law school, PCU is not eligible to apply for accreditation by the American Bar Association. As a result, while PCU graduates may sit for the California Bar Exam, and should they pass, join the California Bar, they are generally ineligible to practice law in other states.

In popular culture[edit]

A diploma from Pacific Coast University can be seen on the wall of Sam Spade's office, approximately two minutes into the film The Maltese Falcon.


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