Our curriculum is one of the many reasons TJSL is a great fit for current and former military, reservists and spouses. We offer a flexible curriculum and rolling application schedule perfectly suited for applicants who might arrive in San Diego on short notice or whose career and life demands require the ability to switch between part-time and full-time, or daytime and evening enrollment. Our curricular options also allow students to pursue directed study and distance education courses that help meet the demands of active duty service and military transfers.
The academic rigors of law school can be exciting and quite challenging at the same time especially for those who might be entering law school after many years away from college. To help you perform to the best of your ability, TJSL provides students with comprehensive guidance and support through the Academic Success Program. Our dedicated and experienced ASP faculty and staff will help you develop the study, research, writing and other skills needed for success in law school and in your professional career.
Our curriculum is taught by experienced practitioners, many of whom are considered experts in their respective fields and some of whom, like Professors William Slomanson and K.J. Greene, also served in the military. Our world-class, full-time faculty are also highly productive scholars, having authored hundreds of articles, collectively, in well-respected law journals, as well as widely-used casebooks.
TJSL offers a variety of interesting courses, from the traditional to the most cutting-edge areas of the law. View our expansive listings of required and elective courses. There are courses to fit almost all areas of practice in today's globalized environment.
In addition to our four Centers of Academic Excellence, the law school offers several academic areas in which it has significant strength, based on the exceptional credentials of the faculty and the valuable expertise they bring to the classroom. These academic specialties include:
- Intellectual Property Law
- International Business, Investment & Trade
- Entertainment & Sports Law
- Legal Practice Specialty
- Human Rights Specialty
- Criminal Law Specialty
- Policy & Jurisprudence
- Civil Rights & Liberties
- Family Law
We offer a select group of our incoming students the opportunity to take part in one of three academic Fellowship Programs: criminal law, intellectual property law, and sports law and policy. Students in these programs have the opportunity to focus intensively on these exciting areas of the law, work closely with professors and practitioners in the field, and gain real work experience in their areas of interest.
Students may earn academic credit and valuable professional experience through the Thomas Jefferson School of Law Veterans Legal Assistance Clinic (VLAC), which provides limited legal assistance and full-service legal representation to formerly homeless veterans affiliated with the Veterans Village of San Diego. The VLAC is one of several live-client legal clinics operated by the law school, including the new Veterans Self-Help Legal Clinic.
If you are interested in having your own law practice one day, TJSL is also home to the innovative Center for Solo Practitioners, a 12-to-18-month program that supports recent TJSL graduates as they work to establish their own solo practices. To qualify, students must take courses in the new Solo Practice Concentration in preparation for this career path.
Learn about all these programs and more on our Academics page.