Program of Study

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New students joining Thomas Jefferson will follow a carefully planned sequence of courses. Our goal is to introduce and build on foundational material in a way that maximizes student understanding and prepares students for the California Bar exam.

Along the way, students have increasing opportunities to enroll in elective courses in which they can learn vital practice skills, deepen their specialized knowledge, and pursue their intellectual and professional passions.

Students Starting in the Fall or Spring

Programs of study for students starting in the Fall or Spring are set out below. Programs of study for students attending part-time during the day may also be available -- interested applicants should inquire further with the Admissions department. Students who elect the Early Start option will follow the program of study for students entering in the Fall, except that they will not have to take Criminal Law and may choose to take an approved elective instead.


Early Start Summer Program Option

Students admitted for the Fall can elect the Early Start Program option.

Criminal Law 3 units
Introduction to Law 1 unit
Client Interviewing and Counseling 2 units

Full-time students will normally take all three courses.

Part-time students will normally take the first two courses.


Program of Study

Students may complete some of the courses listed above during the optional Summer term instead, enabling them to substitute other courses (including elective courses) during the Fall and Spring terms.

Fall Entering Full-Time Three-Year Program of Study*

Students who start as full-time students will take the following sequence of courses over six semesters. They will complete 67 units of required courses and a minimum of 13 units of elective courses. Students must earn at least 6 units in qualifying skills courses.

First Semester
Contracts 5 units
Torts 5 units
Learning Skills 1 units
Legal Writing 3 units
Third Semester
Business Associations 3 units
Constitutional Law I 3 units
Criminal Procedure 3 units
Property 5 units
Fifth Semester
MBE Mastery 3 units
Wills and Trusts 3 units
Community Property 2 units
California Civil Procedure 2 units

Between 1 and 5 elective units

Second Semester
Civil Procedure 5 units
Criminal Law 3 units
Legal Writing II 3 units
Professional Responsibility 3 units
Fourth Semester
Evidence 4 units
Constitutional Law II 3 units

Between 4 and 8 elective units

Sixth Semester
Remedies 3 units
Bar Exam Fundamentals 3 units
California Evidence 2 units

Between 3 and 7 elective units


Fall Entering Evening Part-Time Four-Year Program of Study

Students who start in the Fall semester as part-time evening students will take the following sequence of courses over eight semesters. They will complete 67 units of required courses and a minimum of 13 units of elective courses. Students must earn at least 6 units in qualifying skills courses.

First Semester
Torts 5 units
Learning Skills 1 units
Lega Writing I 3 units
Third Semester
Contracts 3 units
Property 5 units
Fifth Semester
Constitutional Law I 3 units
Community Property 2 units
Criminal Procedure 3 units

Up to 2 elective units

Seventh Semester
California Civil Procedure 2 units
MBE Mastery 3 units
Wills and Trusts 3 units

Up to 2 elective units

Second Semester
Civil Procedure 5 units
Legal Writing II 3 units
Fourth Semester
Constitutional Law II 3 units
Criminal Law 3 units
Evidence 4 units
Sixth Semester
Business Associations 3 units
California Evidence 2 units
Professional Responsibility 3 units

Up to 2 elective units

Eighth Semester
Bar Exam Fundamentals 3 units
Remedies 2 units

Up to 4 elective units


Spring Entering Full-Time Three-Year Program of Study

Students who start in Spring semester as full-time students will take the following sequence of courses over six semesters. They will complete 67 units of required courses and a minimum of 13 units of elective courses. Students must earn at least 6 units in qualifying skills courses.

First Semester
Civil Procedure 5 units
Criminal Law 3 units
Learning Skills 1 units
Legal Writing I 3 units
Professional Responsibility 3 units
Third Semester
Constitutional Law II 3 units
Evidence 4 units
Legal Writing II 3 units

Between 1 and 5 elective units

Fifth Semester
California Evidence 2 units
MBE Mastery 3 units
Remedies 3 units

Between 3-7 elective units

Second Semester
Contracts 5 units
Property 5 units
Torts 5 units
Fourth Semester
Business Associations 2 units
California Civil Procedure 2 units
Constitutional Law I 3 units
Criminal Procedure 3 units
Wills and Trusts 3 units

Up to 2 elective units

Sixth Semester
Bar Exam Fundamentals 3 units
Community Property 3 units

Between 5-11 elective units


Spring Entering Evening Part-Time Four-Year Program of Study

Students who start in Spring as part-time students will take the following sequence of courses over eight semesters. They will complete 67 units of required courses and a minimum of 13 units of elective courses. Students must earn at least 6 units in qualifying skills courses.

First Semester
Civil Procedure 5 units
Learning Skills 1 units
Legal Writing I 3 units
Third Semester
Criminal Law 3 units
Evidence 4 units
Professional Responsibility 3 units
Fifth Semester
Business Associations 3 units
California Evidence 2 units
Constitutional Law II 3 units

Up to 2 elective units

Seventh Semester
MBE Mastery 3 units
Remedies 3 units

Up to 4 elective units

Second Semester
California Civil Procedure 2 units
Legal Writing II 3 units
Torts 5 units
Fourth Semester
Contracts 5 units
Property 5 units
Sixth Semester
Constitutional Law I 3 units
Community Property 2 units
Criminal Procedure 3 units

Up to 2 elective units

Eighth Semester
Bar Exam Fundamentals 3 units
Wills and Trusts 3 units

Up to 4 elective units