Residential JD

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The Residential JD program at Thomas Jefferson School of Law offers a dynamic blend of rigorous doctrinal learning and intensive hands-on experience that will prepare you to dive into practice the day you graduate from the Law School. In the classroom, you will study the foundations of the American legal system with highly experienced and expert teachers who have practiced and researched extensively in the subjects they teach. Outside the classroom, you will have extensive opportunities to work with real clients in our robust clinics and externship programs, perform pro-bono and community service work, and practice and compete with the Law School’s highly successful legal competition teams. Top students may earn the privilege of working on the TJSL Law Review, an academic journal that has been continually published for over 50 years.

Program Length

The program is 80 units, including core and elective offerings. Full-time students typically graduate in three years, and part-time students in four. The law school offers summer and spring intersession courses as well, enabling students to take fewer units during regular semesters or potentially graduate a semester early.

Student to Faculty Ratio

The JD programs regularly includes smaller classes and low student to faculty ratios to ensure individualized attention for each student.

Method of Instruction

Classes are held on-campus with live, in-person instruction with opportunities for some on-line coursework after the first year.


Thomas Jefferson School of Law is accredited by the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California. Study at, or graduation from, this law school may not qualify a student to take the bar examination or be licensed to practice law in jurisdictions other than California. A student who intends to seek licensure to practice law outside of California at any time during their career should contact the admitting authority for information regarding its education and licensure requirements prior to enrolling at this law school.

In compliance with California B&P Code Section 6061.7(a), Thomas Jefferson School of Law provides the following information about its JD program: 2023 Annual Disclosure.