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Juris Doctor (J.D)


The Juris Doctor (JD) degree is a traditional law school program that is designed to prepare students for entry into the legal field, particularly the practice of law in the State of California and within the Federal Court System.

This program allows students to receive comprehensive instruction beginning with Contracts, Torts, and Criminal Law, and upon successful completion of the First Year Law Students’ Exam (FYLSX), continues through intermediate and upper-level legal topics. The main objective of the School of Law program is to provide students with a strong background in the legal profession and to become a successful attorney.

State Bar Admissions Requirements

We often enroll students from out of state and one of the questions they often ask is whether or not they can practice in their respective state. The answer to this is addressed by National Conference of Bar Examiners through a comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements. The 2016 ABA's State Bar Admissions Requirements Guide provides annually updated information on bar admission requirements in all U.S. jurisdictions, including a directory of state bar admission agencies. It is published in collaboration with the American Bar Association and a copy can be reviewed here.

Objectives, Admission Requirements, Steps to Apply, Tuition & Fees, Courses

Juris Doctor (JD) Educational Objectives:
  • Prepare students for the basic professional degree in law.
  • Encourage students to develop analytical thinking, mental alertness, and effective communication skills.
  • Provide a comprehensive understanding of the profession of law and the legal systems of the United States.
  • Train students to become eligible to sit for the California Bar Examination and practice law in the State of California and in Federal Courts.
Admission Requirements
Entry Requirements for the JD Program The JD requires a minimum of 60 semester units or no more than 90 quarter units.

The J.D. Degree programs adhere to the California State Bar Pre-Legal Education Regulations under Title 4 Admissions and Educational Standards. Chapter 3. Required Education Rule 4.25 General Education in determining the qualifications of those applicants who plan to attend law school and become members of the California Bar.

Steps To Apply
  1. Completed Online Application with a non-refundable $50.00 Application Fee. Apply online at
  2. Upload Unofficial Transcripts: Unofficial Transcripts may be PDF, JPG, or PNG file formats. They must be legible for us to evaluate them.
  3. Personal Statement between 300-500 words addressing the following subjects;
    • Why do you want to attend Law School?
    • What commitments will you make to achieve this goal?
  4. Send us a copy of your Professional Resume
  5. Provide Official Transcripts: AHUSOL must receive your official transcript(s) from the institution(s) youlisted in your application within 30 days of the start of the course. If your official transcripts are noton file within this 30-day period, AHUSOL will not be able meet the Committee of Bar Examiner’srequirement for transcripts and all students who have failed to submit official transcripts will beadministratively dismissed by the 45th day.
  6. Provide a current government issued photo ID. All students are required to submit documentation ofa current government issued photo ID.
  7. Complete an Enrollment Agreement/

Official Acceptance: After these listed items have been received a student receives an Official Acceptance Letter. If you have not me the minimum requirements and additional information is needed, you will receive a Provisional Acceptance Letter.

Note: Full Student Center access will be granted upon receipt of the tuition down payment.

For more information on Credit transfer, international applicants and much more, please view our law school catalog here.

Tuition & Fees

The tuition for one year of instruction is $4,250. There will be an initial non-refundable application fee of $50. Once accepted, each student will pay yearly, reoccurring, nonrefundable fees of $100 for registration and $150 for WestLaw Membership and and $180 for technology fee. There will be an additional one-time graduation and diploma fee of $250 that will be applicable only to prospective graduating fourth-year students.

Tuition Payment Options

The Law School is aware of and responsive to the needs of its students. Accordingly, various payment schedules and plans are available. Please contact the Director of Admissions for further details.


JD -> $163.46 per unit
BSL -> $163.46 per unit

Tuition $4,250
Registration Fee $100
Student Technology Fee $180
West Law Membership Fee* $150
Total: $4,680

Note: Students must purchase textbooks and other required study materials, estimated between $350-$700 per year. Students will not be able to pass a course without the required course materials.

Other Costs:
  1. Law Student Registration with Cal Bar
  2. First-Year Law Student Exam Check for Cal Bar Website
  3. California Bar Examination for Current Fees
  4. Application for Determination of Moral Character
  5. Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE)

For our refund policy, please click here.

When you enroll in the Juris Doctor program, your coursework will include these career-enhancing courses:

LAW224: Criminal Procedure
Students will study the rights of the accused in criminal matters by examining various provisions to the Bill of Rights of the United States Constitution. Students will learn the law governing searches and seizures, confessions, double jeopardy, the right to counsel, jury trials, speedy trials, pleas, exclusionary rules, and the appellate rights of an accused to enforce constitutional guarantees.

LAW231: Evidence
This course teaches the standards that regulate the admissibility of proof at judicial proceedings placing special emphasis on the Federal Rules, California rules and general principles of evidence law. Students will study burdens of proof, relevancy, the hearsay rule and its exceptions, policy-based exclusionary rules, legal privileges, expert and lay opinions, scientific, forensic and demonstrative evidence, impeachment, authentication, character and habit evidence, and presumptions.

LAW232: Constitutional Law
Students will study the United States Constitution, the three branches and structure of the federal government, limitations and scope of government power, judicial review, the role of the United States Supreme Court, the Bill of Rights, and personal liberties. Students will examine the constitutional distribution of power between the federal government and the individual states, and personal liberties under the Due Process clauses with special focus on fundamental rights, equal protection, freedom of assembly, press, religion and speech.

LAW233: Corporations
This course is a didactic inquiry into the law governing American business enterprises. Students will study model, statutory and decisional law related to the formation and dissolution of private, public, close and limited liability corporations. Students will study the law governing public stock and securities transactions, dividends, mergers and hostile takeovers, and the rights of corporate shareholders. Students will study the respective roles, duties, liabilities, rights and remedies of shareholders and business decision-makers, including corporate directors, officers and subordinate employees.

For a complete list of all course offerings for this program, please view the law school catalog.

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