The Law Degree Program
The School of Law offers dual programs:
The JD is a professional degree in law. It is the degree that most
law students must attain to entitle them to take a bar examination
and, upon passing, become a licensed attorney. The
School of Law offers a four-year, part-time, JD Program, which is
a non-accredited Law School. This program allows students to
continue to work full-time while they attend law school.
Also, the Law School awards law students a BSL degree with
the completion of two (2) years of law study. This law degree is
included in the tuition for the JD program. Students must complete
at least one of the two required years for the degree.
The 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,
Tort, 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 in becoming a successful
Students who are enrolled in the JD program and successfully
complete the first year of law study must pass the First-Year Law
Students� Examination required by Business and Professions
Code � 6060(h) and Rule VIII of the Rules Regulating Admission
to Practice Law in California as part of the requirements to
qualify to take the California Bar Examination.
A student who passes the First-Year Law Students� Examination
within three (3) administrations of the examination after first
becoming eligible to take it will receive credit for all legal studies
completed to the time the examination is passed.
A student who does not pass the examination within three (3)
administrations of the examination after first becoming eligible
to take it must be promptly disqualified from the law school�s
JD degree program. If the dismissed student subsequently
passes the examination, the student is eligible for re-enrollment
into the program, but will receive credit for only one year
of legal study.