Degree Program: Juris Doctor
Title Of Degree: Juris Doctor
The Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree is a graduate, professional doctorate degree that is conferred upon those who complete the school's J.D. program.
The Juris Doctor Degree will be granted to individuals who have successfully completed all required terms of the law study program. It is the student's responsibility to be sure that Bar eligibility requirements are followed.
Each course in Term I through Term IV of the law study program is worth a certain number of units of credit for what is the equivalent of two semesters or one academic year's worth of school work. Students are required to complete a minimum of 15 hours of verified academic engagement, plus 30 hours of further preparation and study for each credit earned. The number of hours of study varies by course depending on the number of credits.
Although there may be some variation within terms of study, in order to graduate, a student must complete in four years of study a minimum of 80 credits. Each term must be completed in 12 months. A typical term includes courses totaling 20 credits and requires a minimum of 300 hours of verified academic engagement and 600 hours of further study and preparation. Over the course of four terms, students must complete a minimum of 1200 hours of verified academic engagement and 2400 hours of further study and preparation.
Students seeking entry to the school’s Juris Doctor Degree program must have an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree, or have completed 60 or more acceptable pre-law school college semester units, or as an alternative have adequate scores on three, or in some situations five, selected and specific College Level Equivalency Program (CLEP) tests approved by the California Committee of Bar Examiners.
Students listen to recorded lectures. Additionally, written material is studied for each course. The written material is comprised of online school guidebooks, commercially prepared course outlines and, for most courses, casebooks.
Students are exposed to most of what they would have been exposed to by attending classes at a traditional law school, i.e. lectures given by law school professors, cases that they read and brief, and examinations given in traditional format.
The students are encouraged to supplement the prescribed instruction with other study materials traditionally used by law students and usually purchased 'off campus.' These supplemental materials include hornbooks, flow charts, flash cards, etc.
Students in this school's law study program, just like students at traditional law schools, are required to listen to the course lectures, prepare case briefs, read prescribed written materials and take mid-term and final examinations. Additionally, for our first-year students, an open book quiz must be completed prior to the taking of midterms in each of the following first-year courses: Contracts, Torts and Criminal Law.
Mid-term examinations are done by the students in open book fashion and must be sent to the school by the students for grading by one of the school's faculty members. A mid-term grade constitutes one-third of the student's ultimate grade for a course.
Final examinations are administered remotely through an electronic proctoring service. The final exam grade constitutes the remaining two-thirds of the student's final grade.
The test questions for the midterms and finals are styled after those given to law students at most traditional law schools and are similar in complexity.
See the list of courses for the Law Study Program in the Course Description section of the catalog.