Program of Study

For Students Entering in the 2020-21 Academic Year

New students joining Thomas Jefferson in the 2020-21 Academic Year 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 can elect the Early Start option, or they can start in the Fall or Spring term. 

Early Start Option

Summer 2020

 

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. 

 

Students Starting in the Fall or Spring

Programs of study for students starting in the Fall or Spring begin on the next page.  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 or Lawyering Skills and may choose to take other courses instead.    

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PROGRAM OF STUDY

Full-Time Students Starting in Fall 2020

Students who start in Fall 2020 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.        

Fall 2020

 

Contracts                                5 units

Torts                                        5 units

Lawyering Skills                       1 unit

Legal Writing I                         3 units

 

Spring 2021

 

Civil Procedure                        5 units

Criminal Law                           3 units

Legal Writing II                        3 units

Professional Responsibility     3 units

 

Fall 2021

 

Business Associations             3 units

Constitutional Law I                3 units

Criminal Procedure                 3 units

Property                                  5 units

 

Spring 2022

 

Evidence                                  4 units

Constitutional Law II               3 units

Up to 8 elective units

 

Fall 2022

 

MBE Mastery                          3 units

Wills and Trusts                      3 units

Community Property              2 units

California Civil Procedure       2 units

Up to 5 elective units

 

Spring 2023

 

Remedies                                3 units

Bar Exam Fundamentals         3 units

California Evidence                 2 units

Up to 7 elective units

 

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.  Students who complete several Summer term courses may be able to complete their graduation requirements early and graduate in Fall 2022.

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PROGRAM OF STUDY

Part-Time Students Starting in Fall 2020

Students who start in Fall 2020 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.   

Fall 2020

 

Torts                                        5 units

Lawyering Skills                       1 unit

Legal Writing I                         3 units

Spring 2021

 

Civil Procedure                        5 units

Legal Writing II                        3 units

 

 

Fall 2021

 

Contracts                                5 units

Property                                  5 units

 

Spring 2022

 

Constitutional Law II               3 units

Criminal Law                           3 units

Evidence                                  4 units

Up to 2 elective units

 

Fall 2022

 

Constitutional Law I                3 units

Community Property              2 units

Criminal Procedure                 3 units

Up to 2 elective units

Spring 2023

 

Business Associations             3 units

California Evidence                 2 units

Professional Responsibility     3 units

Up to 2 elective units

 

Fall 2023

 

California Civil Procedure       2 units

MBE Mastery                          3 units

Wills and Trusts                      3 units

Up to 2 elective units

Spring 2024

 

Bar Exam Fundamentals         3 units

Remedies                                3 units

Up to 4 elective units

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.  Students who complete several Summer term courses may be able to complete their graduation requirements early and graduate in Fall 2023.
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PROGRAM OF STUDY

Full-Time Students Starting in Spring 2021

Students who start in Spring 2021 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.        

Spring 2021

 

Civil Procedure                        5 units

Criminal Law                           3 units

Lawyering Skills                       1 unit

Legal Writing I                         3 units

Professional Responsibility     3 units

 

Fall 2021

 

Contracts                                5 units

Property                                  5 units

Torts                                        5 units

 

 

Spring 2022

 

Business Associations             3 units

Constitutional Law II               3 units

Evidence                                  4 units

Legal Writing II                        3 units

Up to 2 elective units

 

Fall 2022

 

California Civil Procedure       2 units

Constitutional Law I                3 units

Community Property              2 units

Criminal Procedure                 3 units

Wills and Trusts                      3 units

            Up to 2 elective units

 

Spring 2023

 

California Evidence                 2 units MBE Mastery                          3 units

Remedies                                3 units

Up to 2 elective units

Fall 2023

 

Bar Exam Fundamentals         3 units

Up to 7 elective units

 

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.  Students who complete several Summer term courses may be able to complete their graduation requirements early and graduate in Spring 2023.

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PROGRAM OF STUDY

Part-Time Students Starting in Spring 2021

Students who start in Spring 2021 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.   

Spring 2021

 

Civil Procedure                        5 units

Lawyering Skills                       1 unit

Legal Writing I                         3 units

 

Fall 2021

 

California Civil Procedure       2 units

Legal Writing II                        3 units

Torts                                        5 units

 

Spring 2022

 

Criminal Law                           3 units

Evidence                                  4 units

Professional Responsibility     3 units

 

Fall 2022

 

Contracts                                5 units

Property                                  5 units

 

 

Spring 2023

 

Business Associations             3 units

California Evidence                 2 units

Constitutional Law II               3 units

Up to 2 elective units

 

Fall 2023

 

Constitutional Law I                3 units

Community Property              2 units

Criminal Procedure                 3 units Up to 2 elective units

 

Spring 2024

 

MBE Mastery                          3 units

Remedies                                3 units

Up to 4 elective units

Fall 2024

 

Bar Exam Fundamentals         3 units

Wills and Trusts                      3 units

Up to 4 elective units

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.  Students who complete several Summer term courses may be able to complete their graduation requirements early and graduate in Spring 2024.