FAQ's

Accreditation

Because the Law School’s JD program is accredited by the California State Bar’s Committee of Examiners (CBE), graduates of the Law School will be academically qualified to sit for the California Bar Examination. Graduates can also become eligible to practice in a number of other states after meeting criteria set out by the admitting authority in those states. Study at, or graduation from, this law school may not qualify a student to take the bar examination or be admitted to practice law in jurisdictions other than California. A student who intends to seek admission to practice law outside of California should contact the admitting authority in that jurisdiction for information regarding its education and admission requirements. All J.D. students must register with that office; forms are available at the State Bar website.

Yes. The Law School is accredited by the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California (CBE).

Admission

Yes. The Law School requires some applicants to complete interviews. Interviews are conducted by members of faculty and Admissions Officers and allow the Committee to asses an applicant’s perseverance, maturity, skills and aptitude, beyond the LSAT and undergraduate grade point average. Applicants who are not invited to interview may request a meeting with the Admissions Office to learn more about the School, discuss the merits of their application and have their questions answered. Required interviews are typically scheduled during the last of week of every month. Requested meetings can be scheduled for any time.

No, we do not accept the GRE, or other standardized, tests at this time.

Yes. Completion of a bachelor’s degree is required.

Yes. An LSAT score is required.
No, there is no minimum score required to apply. Each applicant is a unique individual, and each application to Thomas Jefferson School of Law is considered individually. Every application receives full, careful, and personalized consideration.

Financial Aid and Cost

Yes, all students are eligible for federal aid. To apply, students must complete a FAFSA form. Students are eligible to receive federal aid each year equivalent to the cost of attendance, which includes tuition, fees, books and living expenses (housing, food, transportation). Additional details can be found here: https://www.tjsl.edu/admissions/financial-aid/how-apply.

No, the Law School does not offer scholarships.

The tuition rate is available here. Our JD program is about half the cost of tuition at ABA-approved law schools in Southern California, saving our students tens of thousands of dollars.

Programs, Registration and Classes

Students who are admitted and submit a seat deposit will automatically be registered into the prescribed first-year classes for the appropriate term.
  • Anticipated Early Start Program: Yes, we offer students admitted into the fall program the opportunity to get a jumpstart on law school by enrolling in up to 3 classes. The Early Start program begins in June and runs for 8 weeks. Students can earn up to 6 credits during the program. Classes are held in late-afternoon and evening (4:00pm to 10:00pm), and are scheduled with the working student in mind.
  • Accelerated Program: Yes, students who choose to earn credits during multiple summer terms may accelerate their program by one term. This means that our traditional three-year full-time program takes only 2.5 years and our traditional four -year part-time evening program takes only 3.5 years. Students may earn credits in the summer by enrolling in on-campus summer classes, completing externships for credit, and / or participating in our study aboard program.
Students must compete 80 units to graduate. Sixty-seven units are required courses in bar-tested subjects and skills. All additional units may be used to enroll in electives.
Thomas Jefferson offers a traditional law school experience, with the bulk of the instruction held on campus. A limited number of elective courses are offered online.
For a chart detailing the sequence of classes, please visit ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­the Program of Study page on the website.

 

Fall Entering 2020 (August)

Anticipated Early Start 2020 (June - for fall admits)

Spring Start (beginning January 2021)

Application Available:

October 1st

October 1st

June 1st

Application Deadline:

July 15th

May 11th

December 15th

Programs Available

Full Time Day / Part Time Evening

Available to full and part-time students. Course offered includes Criminal Law and Intro to Law*

Full Time Day / Part Time Evening

Deposit Deadline

Varies by Admissions Date

May 20th

Varies by Admission Date

Deposit Amount

$200

$200 (satisfies fall deposit)

$200 (satisfies fall deposit)

* The anticipated Early Start Program classes will be held in late-afternoon and evening (classes are held between 4:00pm and 10:00pm), but full time or part time students may take advantage of the early start option.

Experiential Learning

Yes. We highly encourage participating in as many internships and externships as possible before graduation in order to maximize your “real world” experience and develop your professional networks before going into practice. We have found that the more our graduates participate in internships/externships, the more successful they are in finding jobs and succeeding in the workplace.

Yes. We offer an array of courses in in Criminal Law, Entertainment & Sports Law and Intellectual Property Law. Interested applicants may apply for admission into the first-year fellowship programs in these areas:

https://www.tjsl.edu/academics/jd-programs/law-fellowships. While in law school, students may also earn a certificate from either The Center for Criminal Law and Policy or the Center for Intellectual Property, Entertainment and Sports Law: https://www.tjsl.edu/academics/academic-centers. We also offer a number of electives that focus on matters of social justice and public policy.

Yes. Students may participate in the Veterans Legal Assistance Clinic: https://www.tjsl.edu/clinics/veterans-clinic.

Activities

Yes. Eligible students may participate on competition teams, including Mock Trial, Moot Court, and Alternative Dispute Resolution teams, after their first year.
Yes, we have a number of affinity and law special organizations on campus. All students are encouraged to join student organizations and build their network and community: https://www.tjsl.edu/student-life/organizations-teams.