in at NYLS. small white envelope
I would avoid whittier at all costs. It's a big "what if" game - if they lose accrediation entirely before you graduate, what are you going to do? "If" you do well in school, you have a shot at getting a job under a former Whitter student - and you have to pray there isn't an outside influence that will tell the alum that you are weak due to the "strength" of the school. And "if" you don't have a shot at a job from an alum, what are you going to do? Practice in California ONLY, since you can't sit for another state's bar. So you better pray someone thinks highly of YOU, because your school's rep won't do it for you.
There are other schools, including La Verne, that will have a stronger reputation and will make you a stronger legal candidate. La Verne is, as of today, only accepting Sprin 07 applications, but that's not a bad thing. Smaller applicant pool = more scholarship $$. If your only option at this point is Whittier, you may want to consider applying to other schools for Spring. I don't think its worth the gamble....
It's the second best school in SD after USD. It is generally regarded as a much better school than TJ. But that being said, you'll compete with a lot of USD grads for jobs and generally USD grads will get them. Cal Western seems to do well in the public sector (public defender, DA etc), not so well in the private sector. Cal Western probably does best in SD - once you move out of SD, very few employers will know about Cal Western (but this is the case for most tier 4 schools).
Something else you should know (that I found out recently) is that Cal Western is a for-profit law school.
Let me know if you have any more questions about Cal Western. I'm a San Diego native & I got into Cal Western but I'm going to another so cal law school.
I'm no angel myself, but your record makes you look very irresponsible. Some law school will probably take you, but your money will probably be wasted once you bust a fellow classmate in the face or the cops find a plant growing in your closet. If you can avoid that, you'll probably have to go into private practice if you can even pass the character and fitness examination of the bar, because I sure as hell wouldn't hire a hothead with substance-abuse problems who can't learn from his mistakes.
EDIT: If this is really your record, you have a lot of underlying issues. If you want a solid future, in law or otherwise, you need professional help. Your campus counseling services can point you in the right direction.