Curriculum And Degree Requirements
Bachelor of Science in Law
Degree Program: Law Study
Title Of Degree: Bachelor Of Science In Law
The Bachelor of Science in Law (B.S.L.) degree may be earned while pursuing the prescribed curriculum for the degree of Juris Doctor (J.D.).
The B.S.L. is an undergraduate, non-professional degree available to those who complete one-half of the school's law study (J.D.) program after having first completed at least 60 semester units of undergraduate work acceptable to the California Committee of Bar Examiners prior to entering law school, or after having passed the College Equivalency Examination requirements of the California State Bar.
As to students who are already bachelor degree holders, they are eligible to earn the schoolís B.S.L. as a second bachelorís degree. Completion of the degree signifies critical awareness of the common law legal tradition of the United States and the ability, as a non-lawyer, to apply analytical and problem-solving skills in a variety of legal and non-legal settings.
The Bachelor of Science in Law Degree will be granted to those students who successfully complete Part I and Part II of the law study program, which consists of a total of eight courses. Each course is worth 6 units of credit for what is the equivalent of two semesters, or one academic year's worth of schoolwork. It is required that a minimum of 216 study hours be expended by each student per course. Accordingly, 36 study hours are expended at a minimum for each unit of credit.
Northwestern California University does not require formal, on-campus residence or classroom attendance. Four years of law study are required by the California State Bar for those seeking such eligibility through the Law Study Program.
A minimum overall gradepoint average of 2.00 is required in Part I and II of the law study program before the Bachelor of Science in Law Degree will be awarded.
To be Eligible for Enrollment:
For Those Seeking Bar Eligibility -- Students seeking Bar eligibility must have completed 60 or more acceptable college semester units or must have passed College Equivalency Examinations approved by the California Committee of Bar Examiners.
For Students Not Seeking Bar Eligibility -- Students not seeking bar eligibility must have successfully completed 60 or more acceptable college semester units.
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 by a selected proctor who must be a lawyer, a judge of a regional court or a school official (school administrator or teacher). The school sends the final examination to the proctor who administers the exam to the student and returns the answers to the school for grading. 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. Those listed under Part I and Part II of that program are the courses that must be successfully completed before the Bachelor of Science Degree will be conferred. Some limited course substitution, i.e., substituting a course from Part III or IV for a course in Part II, may be allowed or advised dependent upon a particular need or interest of the student. Additional elective courses are offered as a supplement to the prescribed curriculum.
Degree Program: Law Study
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 law study (J.D.) program.
The Juris Doctor Degree will be granted to individuals who have successfully completed all required parts of the law study program. It is the student's responsibility to be sure that Bar eligibility requirements are followed.
Each course in Part I through Part IV of the law study program is worth 6 units of credit for what is the equivalent of two semesters, or one academic year's worth of school work. It is required that a minimum of 216 study hours be expended by each student per course. Accordingly, 36 study hours are expended at a minimum for each unit of credit.
Same as those previously disclosed for the Bachelor of Science in Law Degree.
Same as those previously described for the Bachelor of Science in Law Degree.
See the list of courses for the Law Study Program in the Course Description section of the catalog.