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 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.
Students seeking the Juris Doctor Degree must have completed 60 or more acceptable college semester units, or must 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 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 of the catalog.