Exhibit 5.1

July 24, 2002

Vical Incorporated
9373 Towne Centre Drive, Suite 100
San Diego, California 92121

Ladies and Gentlemen:

        You have requested our opinion with respect to certain matters in connection with the filing by Vical Incorporated (the "Company") of a Registration Statement on Form S-8 (the "Registration Statement"), with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "Commission"), covering the offering of up to 500,000 shares of the Company's Common Stock (the "Shares") for issuance pursuant to the Stock Incentive Plan of Vical Incorporated (the "Plan").

        In connection with this opinion, we have examined and relied upon the Registration Statement and related Prospectus, the Plan and the related option agreements, the Company's Certificate of Incorporation, as amended, and Bylaws, as amended, and the originals or copies certified to our satisfaction of such records, documents, certificates, memoranda and other instruments as in our judgment are necessary or appropriate to enable us to render the opinion expressed below. We have assumed the genuineness and authenticity of all documents submitted to us as originals, the conformity to originals of all documents submitted to us as copies thereof and the due execution and delivery of all documents where due execution and delivery are a prerequisite to the effectiveness thereof.

        On the basis of the foregoing, and in reliance thereon, we are of the opinion that the Shares, when sold and issued in accordance with the Registration Statement, the Plan and the related option agreements will be validly issued, fully paid and nonassessable (except as to Shares issued pursuant to certain deferred payment arrangements, which will be fully paid and nonassessable when such deferred payments are made in full).

        We consent to the reference to filing of this opinion as an exhibit to the Registration Statement.

Very truly yours,




L. Kay Chandler