Administrative Hearing Program
The Administrative Hearing Program of the Law School is in its 14th year of providing administrative hearings for citations issued by the City of San Diego. The Program provides a neutral forum for citizens of San Diego, as well as visitors, who contest California Vehicle Code and San Diego Municipal Code violations. The twin goals of the program are to provide a fair-unbiased environment for the San Diego community while providing a real world learning experience for students. The Program recruits, trains, and supervises the Hearing Officers, who in turn preside over the hearings. The Hearing Officers for the program are current law students or law school alumni. The Program offers students a unique experience in that it places them in the role of a real life fact finder for a legal proceeding. Students learn what it is like to be a judge/juror while honing other real life legal skills. These skills include interviewing live witnesses, weighing witness credibility, assigning weight to elicited evidence, and making final dispositive written decisions given the facts and law in a particular case.