History

Thomas Jefferson School of Law was founded in 1969 as the San Diego campus of Western State University College of Law, a privately-owned institution based in Fullerton, California. The San Diego branch was located in downtown San Diego and offered Juris Doctor Degrees to working professionals who could attend law school only part-time in the evenings.

Over the years, local students began asking school leaders to start a full-time law program. To accommodate the need, the school relocated in 1983 to a new, larger campus in historic Old Town San Diego, just a few miles north of downtown San Diego.  Soon, the school had flourishing full-time and part-time programs. 

As it grew, the school became known for its high-quality teachers, for the individual attention and support it provided its students, and for its commitment to providing opportunities to non-traditional students from all walks of life. 

In 1995, the Law School became an independent school and was renamed Thomas Jefferson School of Law.  Thereafter, in 2001, the Law School became a private, non-profit institution.  Thomas Jefferson School of Law’s current location returns the law school to its roots in downtown San Diego.  The School’s four-floor campus in a high-rise building features state of the art classrooms, library, and study space.

Located in the heart of the city’s legal community, Thomas Jefferson School of Law has evolved into an innovative, cutting-edge law school devoted to the individual needs and the success of its students and alumni. The school has alumni across the United States and around the world, with many alumni serving as leaders in the legal community, particularly in San Diego.

Thomas Jefferson offers a part-time program of evening classes, in addition to the full-time program. Learn more about the facultythe curriculumadmissions,  and academics.

Thomas Jefferson School of Law
701 B  St.
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: (619) 297-9700
E-mail: admissions@tjsl.edu