Our list of our notable alumni illustrates one fact: this program prepares professionals to excel. It could be because our students are supported and receive more one-on-one attention or the fact that our working faculty can provide you with invaluable insight on what’s happening in the real courtroom. But, whatever it is, it’s working.

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete a minimum of 86 semester units in accordance with the Law School’s prescribed curriculum.
  • Obtain a grade point average of 2.00 or better during your final academic year and have a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or better.
  • File a petition for graduation by March 15 of your final semester. Petitions, available at the Administrative Office, will be evaluated by the administration to verify that all requirements have been met.

Certification for the California Bar Examination

To be licensed to practice law in California, each student is required to submit an application to the Committee of Bar Examiners for eligibility to take the California Bar Examination.

The Law School must certify the fitness of each applicant to the Committee of Bar Examiners. This certification includes character and fitness for the practice of law, as well as the applicant’s completion of the academic requirements. Students will be certified by the Law School upon compliance with the rules and regulations of the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California.

Our curriculum is designed to offer you a strong foundation in a variety of legal principles. The first two years of study prepare you for more advanced law classes while developing your skills in communication, organization, and articulation. Courses in the third and fourth years continue to develop and refine your expertise in interpreting and applying the theories of law.

When can I begin?

Study begins in spring, summer, or fall. Students can enter in either spring or summer and enroll in specially selected electives as “Pre-first-year” students, then begin the First-year curriculum the following Fall Semester. The Pre-first-year program is designed to introduce law study and provide an opportunity for students to develop legal background and study skills before entering the more rigorous First-year curriculum.

Required Courses

You are required to take a minimum of 9 units in both Fall and Spring Semesters and 4 units in Summer Semesters.

You need 86 total units for graduation, including 76 units of required courses and 10 units of elective courses. The course schedule is as follows (elective courses are indicated by *):

Pre-First Year

(These electives are available only to students first enrolling in either spring or summer)

Course Units
*Introduction to Law 2
*Legal Skills 2
*Agency 2

First Year

Course Units
Contracts 6
Criminal Law 4
Legal Writing 2
Professional Responsibility 2
Torts 6

Summer School

Course Units
*Elective(s) 2-4

Second Year

Course Units
Civil Procedure 6
Criminal Procedure 4
Legal Research 2
Real Property 6

Summer School

Course Units
Moot Court 2
*Elective 2

Third Year

Course Units
Community Property 2
Business Associations 4
Constitutional Law 6
Evidence 6

Summer School

Course Units
*Elective(s) 2-4

Fourth Year

Course Units
Advanced Professional Responsibility 2
Legal Analysis 2
Remedies 4
Applied Legal Reasoning/Semantics and Legal Logic 3
Trial Advocacy 3
Trusts 2
Wills 2

Electives

Along with required classes, students are offered a variety of elective courses designed to strengthen your background and prepare you for the highly-diversified profession of law.  Current electives include:

  • Administrative Law
  • Advanced Criminal Procedure
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution/Negotiations
  •  Agency
  • Bankruptcy
  • California Healthcare Law
  • Civil Rights
  • Employment Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Family Law
  • Government Tort Liability
  • Immigration Law
  • Income Taxation
  • Intellectual Property
  • Introduction to Law
  • Legal Skills
  • Workers’ Compensation

Note: Electives are usually given during the Summer Semester. Other electives than those mentioned may be given and will be announced in the class schedules published each semester. Students are encouraged to make suggestions to the dean regarding electives.