A brief history of Lincoln Law School

1919 - Founding


Lincoln University is founded by Dr. Benjamin and Susan Lickey as a law school in San Francisco. Created to help veterans and other adults acquire law degrees through a part-time evening course of study, Lincoln is one of San Francisco’s first evening adult education programs.

1926 - Charter


Lincoln University is chartered as a private as a non-sectarian college.

1949 - Incorporation


Lincoln University is incorporated as a non-profit institution.

1961 - Lincoln comes to San Jose


Under the leadership of E. Barbara Jorss and Dean Jerome Sack, the Lincoln University campus in San Jose is opened and quickly develop a reputation as a center of innovative legal training and legal discourse.

1970's - Expansion


Lincoln University breaks new ground by producing a ten-part cable television series featuring panel discussions by local attorneys and judges, addressing legal issues of concern to the San Francisco and San Jose communities.

1987 - Centered in San Jose


Lincoln University’s entire law school program is now centered in San Jose.

1993 - Accreditation


The San Jose campus of Lincoln University formally separates from Lincoln University to become an independent, public benefit, non-profit corporation, changing its name to Lincoln Law School of San Jose. In the same year, the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California conferred accreditation on the Law School.

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