Lincoln has been disrupting the legal education landscape since 1919.
Out of the rubble of World War I, Lincoln became a new kind of school to San Francisco. Its first program was designed to provide returning veterans with educational opportunities in the evenings, after work. This program became the first Lincoln Law School, and graduated California’s first Chinese-American lawyer. Motivated by the growing interest in law schools, Lincoln opened a second location in San Jose. The San Jose location has continued to flourish over the years, graduating judges, government officials, corporate attorneys, and successful business persons. In 1993, Lincoln’s San Jose location separated from its parent school and became its own non-profit organization and an accredited law school. In 2013, Lincoln became the only school in Northern California approved by the United States Patent and Trademark Office to operate both a Patent and a Trademark Clinic. These clinics assist the public in filing and prosecuting the patents and trademarks which become the foundation for local small businesses. A Patent Agent program was added in 2016 to teach non-lawyers valuable intellectual property skills.