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Sigrid Vendrell-Polanco

Law Success Instructor



  • J.D., California Western School of Law, 2014
  • B.A. with honors, Texas A&M University, 2011

License to Practice

  • California

Specialties and Courses

  • Legal Research & Writing
  • Criminal law
  • Employment law
  • Federal Labor Law
  • Bar Exam Preparation


Vendrell-Polanco is an Instructor of Law at St. Mary’s University School of Law teaching courses within the Law Success Program. She teaches Legal Communications, Analysis and Professionalism and Bar Preparation for Credit. Additionally, Professor Vendrell-Polanco also leads the supplemental bar preparation program, Raise the Bar, assisting graduates to prepare for the Texas Bar Exam.

Vendrell-Polanco graduated with honors from Texas A&M University with an undergraduate degree in International Studies and earned her law degree from California Western School of Law in 2014 with an Academic Excellence Award. Vendrell-Polanco has had a variety of professional experiences, including representing low-income employees with numerous employment claims such as wage and hour violations, discrimination, harassment and wrongful termination claims.

During her time working in employment law, she zealously advocated on behalf of many employees working in industries most affected by work-place protection law violations. She also spent time in private practice as a contract attorney in the areas of criminal defense and federal labor law.

During law school, Vendrell-Polanco worked at the California Western School of Law Library and worked with organizations such as California Innocence Project, Public Interest Law Foundation, Community Law Project Clinic, and clerked for the United States Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of California Criminal Enterprise Section.

Prior to attending law school, she volunteered at the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society and interned at the Peace Corps Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Honors and Awards

  • Pro Bono/Public Service Honors Society, California Western School of Law, 2015



  • “Building Communities for the Bar Exam”, Tenth Annual Association of Academic Support Educators Conference, May 2022 Honors and Awards: Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity