Program of Study

New students joining Thomas Jefferson 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 Starting in the Fall or Spring

Programs of study for students starting in the Fall or Spring are set out below. Programs of study for students attending part-time during the day may also be available -- interested applicants should inquire further with the Admissions department.  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 and may choose to take an approved elective instead.    

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Early Start Summer Program Option

Students admitted for the Fall can elect the Early Start Program option.  

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. 

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PROGRAM OF STUDY

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.  

Fall Entering Full-Time Three-Year Program of Study*

Students who start 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.  Students must earn at least 6 units in qualifying skills courses.     

First Semester

Contracts                       5 units

Torts                              5 units

Learning Skills                1 unit

Legal Writing I                3 units

 

Second Semester

Civil Procedure                       5 units

Criminal Law                          3 units

Legal Writing II                      3 units

Professional Responsibility      3 units

 

Third Semester

Business Associations     3 units

Constitutional Law I       3 units

Criminal Procedure         3 units

Property                        5 units

Fourth Semester

Evidence                              4 units

Constitutional Law II             3 units

Between 4 and 8 elective units

 

 

Fifth Semester

MBE Mastery                  3 units

Wills and Trusts              3 units

Community Property       2 units

California Civil Procedure  2 units

Between 1 and 5 elective units

 

Sixth Semester

Remedies                            3 units

Bar Exam Fundamentals      3 units

California Evidence              2 units

Between 3 and 7 elective units

 

 

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Fall Entering Evening Part-Time Four-Year Program of Study

 

Students who start in the Fall semester as part-time evening 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.  Students must earn at least 6 units in qualifying skills courses.     

 

First Semester

Torts                           5 units

Learning Skills             1 unit

Legal Writing I             3 units

Second Semester

Civil Procedure                5 units

Legal Writing II                3 units

 

 

Third Semester

Contracts                      5 units

Property                       5 units

 

 

Fourth Semester

Constitutional Law II             3 units

Criminal Law                        3 units

Evidence                              4 units

 

Fifth Semester

Constitutional Law I          3 units

Community Property         2 units

Criminal Procedure           3 units

Up to 2 elective units

 

Sixth Semester

Business Associations            3 units

California Evidence                2 units

Professional Responsibility     3 units

Up to 2 elective units

 

Seventh Semester

California Civil Procedure    2 units

MBE Mastery                      3 units

Wills and Trusts                  3 units

Up to 2 elective units

Eight Semester

Bar Exam Fundamentals        3 units

Remedies                            3 units

Up to 4 elective units

 

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Spring Entering Full-Time Three-Year Program of Study

 

Students who start in Spring semester 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.  Students must earn at least 6 units in qualifying skills courses.     

First Semester

Civil Procedure             5 units

Criminal Law                3 units

Learning Skills             1 unit

Legal Writing I              3 units

Professional Responsibility   3 units

Second Semester

Contracts                    5 units

Property                      5 units

Torts                            5 units

 

Third Semester

Constitutional Law II      3 units

Evidence                       4 units

Legal Writing II              3 units

Between 1 and 5 elective units

 

Fourth Semester

Business Associations      2 units

California Civil Procedure  2 units

Constitutional Law I           3 units

Criminal Procedure           3 units

Wills and Trusts                 3 units

Up to 2 elective units

 

Fifth Semester

California Evidence       2 units

MBE Mastery                3 units

Remedies                     3 units

Between 3-7 elective units

 

Sixth Semester

Bar Exam Fundamentals        3 units

Community Property              3 units

Between 5-11 elective units

 

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Spring Entering Evening Part-Time Four-Year Program of Study

 

Students who start in Spring 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.  Students must earn at least 6 units in qualifying skills courses.     

First Semester

Civil Procedure             5 units

Learning Skills              1 unit

Legal Writing I              3 units

 

Second Semester

California Civil Procedure      2 units

Legal Writing II                     3 units

Torts                                    5 units

 

Third Semester

Criminal Law                 3 units

Evidence                       4 units

Professional Responsibility  3 units

 

Fourth Semester

Contracts                      5 units

Property                       5 units

 

Fifth Semester

Business Associations     3 units

California Evidence         2 units

Constitutional Law II       3 units

Up to 2 elective units

Sixth Semester

Constitutional Law I            3 units

Community Property           2 units

Criminal Procedure             3 units

Up to 2 elective units

 

Seventh Semester

MBE Mastery                3 units

Remedies                     3 units

Up to 4 elective units

Eight Semester

Bar Exam Fundamentals      3 units

Wills and Trusts                   3 units

Up to 4 elective units