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The Online JD program at Thomas Jefferson School of Law is designed to be a flexible online law degree program that enables you to sit for the California bar exam immediately after graduation. Through a 100% asynchronous format—meaning you can study on your schedule—our dedicated and accessible faculty bring their expertise and rigorous curriculum to your doorstep. And even as an online student, you’ll still experience a supportive community and have access to all the academic and administrative resources available to residential students. You can also choose to earn up to 15 units here on campus.

The Right Fit

The Online JD program is a great choice for any student interested in becoming a lawyer but doesn’t have time to attend in-person classes. Our program offers recent college graduates, working professionals, and career-changers the perfect avenue to earn their JD without the relocation challenges that can come with moving away from jobs, community, and family.

Program Length

The program is 80 units, including core and elective offerings. The flexible options allow you to complete the full-time program in 3 years and the part-time program in 4 years.

Student to Faculty Ratio

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

Method of Instruction

Class are held remotely. Each course features asynchronous study at your pace based on interactive videos and weekly assignments, which include quizzes, practice essays, and discussions.

You can also attend synchronous weekly live-Zoom sessions to work through additional review exercises, reinforce concepts, and interact with other students and your professors in real time. Our online program uses a combination of self-study and peer-to-peer interaction designed to enhance learning outcomes.

Not able to attend a live session? Watch the video recording. The flexible asynchronous modality of our Online JD program allows students to tailor their academic and student experience in a way that best fits their work and family obligations.

Accreditation and Compliance

Thomas Jefferson School of Law is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 1001 Marina Village Parkway, Suite 402, Alameda, CA 94501, (510) 748-9001.

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.

Committee of Bar Examiners for the State Bar of California 180 Howard Street San Francisco, CA 94105-1639 Phone: (415) 538-2000

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.

Per federal regulations, students who require a F-1 Visa are not eligible for enrollment in the Online JD program.

Apply Now

Apply online through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC).

Select the Online JD option under “Program Type.”

Basic Requirements

  • LSAT
  • Official transcript from all colleges or universities attended
  • Personal Statement
  • Resume
  • One to Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Any Required Moral Character Disclosures
  • Interview

Choose the Program That Is Right For You

JD Online JD Residential
Full Time Part Time
Full Time Part Time
Modality Asynchronous program of study with weekly assigments and weekly synchronous sessions (60-minutes per course). Students not able to attend a live session must watch the recording. Classes are held on-campus in the heart of downtown San Diego with live, in-person instruction with opportunities for occassional online coursework after the first year.
Classes Per Semester
3-4 classes 2-3 classes
3-4 classes 2-3 classes
Duration of the Program
3 years 4 years
2.5 to 3 years 3.5 to 4 years
Tuiton (2022/2023)
$1,100 per unit $1,100 per unit
$1,100 per unit $1,100 per unit
Number of Credits Needed to Graudate
80 80
80 80
Financial Aid Available (for eligible applicants)
Yes Yes
Yes Yes
Institutional Scholarhsips Available
Yes, limited Yes, limited
Yes, limited Yes, limited
Extra and Co-Curricular Opportunities Law Review and Competition Teams (Moot Court, Mock Trial, ADR), Clinical or Externship Placements, Student Orgs. Law Review and Competition Teams (Moot Court, Mock Trial, ADR), Clinical or Externship Placements, Student Orgs.
Eligible to Apply to Summer In-Person Study Abroad Classes
Yes Yes
Yes Yes
Access to Academic Support & Bar Prep
Yes Yes
Yes Yes
Ability to Switch Modality Program
Yes, limited Yes, limited
Yes, limited Yes, limited
Residency Requirements Must certify California Residency By 1st Day of School California residency certification not required, however, classses are taught on campus and in-perrson.
Application Eilgibility At least an Asscociate Degree and Valid LSAT Score At least an Asscociate Degree and Valid LSAT Score
Start Dates Fall (August) Summer (June ) / Spring (January) / Fall (August)
Deadlines Fall - July 15th Summer - May 15th / Spring - December 15th / Fall - July 15th
Eligible to take California Bar After Gradution
Yes Yes
Yes Yes

Per WSCUC requirements, the Law School has provided a Program Discontinuation Policy.