Juris Doctor Degree Program

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Practical Professional Skills. Real-World Legal Knowledge

Our online, four-year Juris Doctor degree program provides high‐achieving career professionals with the flexibility to earn their law degree while continuing to excel in their careers.

You’ll complete at least 130 quarter credits of instruction, including all the essential law school courses: Torts, Contracts, Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, Criminal Procedure, Civil Procedure, Real Property, Evidence, Business Associations, Community Property, Trusts, Wills and Estates, and Remedies. Introduction to Legal Research and Writing and Advanced Legal Writing are both required, to ensure you become the great researcher and writer you need to be to win cases and help clients. And, over a dozen elective courses are regularly offered to enrich your experience, in areas such as Employment Law, Trial Advocacy, Intellectual Property, Professional Skills, Administrative Law, Bankruptcy, Compliance, Federal Income Taxation, and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). View our full curriculum here.

As you complete your coursework, you learn the core competencies, explore your strengths, and build professional legal skills in areas such as drafting legal documents, legal research, and writing, negotiation, counseling and fact investigation, all under the supervision of professors who have hands-on experience in the subjects they teach. They know what it takes to succeed in the competitive legal landscape and the fast-moving business world.

Rather than focus on theory, you learn how to tackle difficult legal issues with a goal of obtaining real results for clients.  When you successfully complete the St. Francis J.D. program, you are eligible to sit for the Bar Examination in the State of California, assuming all other eligibility requirements imposed by the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California are met. Plus, you’ll have the legal knowledge and practical professional skills you need to hit the ground running.

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