Our students benefit from a curriculum that emphasizes the essential components of a high-quality legal education—one that interweaves fundamental legal principles with the practical skills needed for effective client representation. Coursework is carefully planned, offering students both required core courses and a wide range of elective courses.
Required courses emphasize traditional core subjects—including all subjects tested on the California Bar Examination—and skills essential to the effective practice of law, such as legal research and writing. During summer sessions, students may choose from a wide range of elective courses focused primarily on areas of legal practice.
Class sessions emphasize "case studies" that bring law to life. Students prepare for class by reading, analyzing, and preparing briefs—summaries of opinions that have been previously issued by the courts. In-class discussions of these briefs assist students in understanding the legal principles behind decisions, while further exploration of hypothetical variations in the facts helps them develop analytical techniques for resolving legal problems.
In addition to completing coursework, each student also receives hands-on legal experience through a required 65-hour pro bono internship under the supervision of a practicing attorney or judge.
For more than 30 years, the Colleges of Law has been accredited by the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California. It is accredited as one law school with two campuses. In keeping with its mission to offer legal education that emphasizes both academic excellence and accessibility, the Colleges of Law has not sought accreditation from the American Bar Association.
Juris Doctor graduates of the Colleges of Law are academically qualified to sit for the California Bar Examination. Admission to practice law within California is governed by the Office of Admissions of the State Bar.
The Admissions Committee evaluates the traditional criteria for law school admission—academic grade point averages and, in some cases, LSAT, CLEP and TOEFL scores—but other considerations are also very important. For example, the applicant's life experience, maturity, moral character, ability to communicate, and employment or volunteer experience may also weigh heavily in the admissions decision. Most students admitted to the J.D. program hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university; some have advanced degrees and professional school credentials. We also admit qualified graduates with an associate's degree, or 60 semester units of academic college credits, from a regionally accredited institution. Eligible transfer students may also be admitted. All J.D. admissions decisions, including the award of transfer credit, are within the discretion of the Colleges.
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