The Juris Doctor program at Thomas Jefferson School of Law offers a rich variety of courses, concentration areas and clinical programs in addition to our special Academic Centers, which have their own certificate programs.
Our academic programs are designed to train you to be an attorney but also to offer you career-enhancing experiences that will enrich your professional and personal life.
While earning your J.D., you can get actual hands-on courtroom experience, work with real clients, perform pro bono and community-service work, participate in amazingly varied externships, study law overseas and travel the country with our competition teams.
The law school has clinical programs that will provide you with real-life experience: Mediation, Pro Bono, Tax Clinic, Veterans Legal Clinic, The Small Business Law Center, Arts and Entertainment Law Project, Patent Clinic, Trademark Clinic and Externships.
Our legal writing program is highly-ranked and one of the first in the nation to be taught primarily by tenure and tenure-track professors.
Thomas Jefferson School of Law offers two exciting fellowship programs for students interested in Intellectual Property (IP) Law and Criminal Law.
The academic specialties we offer at Thomas Jefferson are among our greatest strengths – Intellectual Property Law, International Business, Investment & Trade, Entertainment and Sports Law, Legal Practice Specialty, Human Rights Specialty, Criminal Law Specialty, Policy & Jurisdiction and Civil Rights & Liberties and Family Law.
Thomas Jefferson school of Law also offers a combined JD-MBA degree in partnership with San Diego State University’s highly regarded College of Business Administration.
One of the most exciting opportunities at Thomas Jefferson School of Law is the option to participate in our Study Abroad programs. Thomas Jefferson offers summer study programs in Hangzhou, China and Nice, France, as well as exchange opportunities with law schools in Europe and Canada.
Foreign students who receive the Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree are eligible to sit for the bar exam in every United States jurisdiction; in the same manner as U.S. students receiving the J.D. degree. In contrast, LL.M. graduates are eligible to take the bar examination in only a small number of U.S. jurisdictions.
The J.D. degree also provides more thorough preparation for the bar examination resulting in a greater chance of passing the first time. More