Earn your Juris Doctor (JD) Degree at La Verne Law and become an attorney who will make a difference. Our practice-driven curriculum and fully-integrated bar preparation make for an unparalleled educational experience.
The College of Law echoes the core values of the University of La Verne: life-long learning, ethical reasoning, community engagement, and diversity and inclusivity. In fact, La Verne Law is one of the most diverse law schools in the country.
Juris Doctor (JD) Curriculum
The Juris Doctor (JD) curriculum consists of 88 total semester units and takes three (3) years of full-time study to complete.
First Year Curriculum
The first year of the JD curriculum incorporates values and skills for academic success into the foundational doctrinal courses: Contract Law, Civil Procedure, and Real Property. Each course provides instruction in doctrine and critical reading, case briefing, case synthesis, exam writing, course outlining, time management, and multiple-choice test-taking strategies.
First-year courses Torts and Criminal Law provide instruction in doctrine combined with Introduction to Legal Skills. These classes explore case briefing, case synthesis, legal research, and both predictive and persuasive legal writing.
In the spring semester, first-year students participate in Court Observation Week, where they observe local courthouse operations, trials, and have opportunities to interact with judges and trial attorneys.
Second Year Curriculum
In the second year, students focus on the development of both theoretical and practical legal skills. The two-semester sequence in Constitutional Law providess the theoretical foundation for the practice-based courses in the two second-year tracks. The Litigation Track incorporates Criminal Procedure, Evidence, and Trial Advocacy in the context of a simulated problem culminating in a simulated trial. The Transactional Track includes Business Organizations, Sales, Negotiations, and the Transactional Workshop all tethered to a simulated in a simulation that emphasizes business formations, document drafting, and negotiation.
In addition to the tracks, students can enroll in up to 8 elective units during their second year. Elective courses include:
- Conflict of Laws
- Employment Relations
- Intellectual Property Overview
Third Year Curriculum
The third year of the JD program focuses on experiential learning, elective courses, and building a foundation that assists students during the 10-week bar preparation. Students are required to take a minimum of 3 units of experientially-based courses, including externships, live-client clinics, and practicums. Practicum courses combine a significant classroom component with a live-client clinical or externship experience.
Learn more about our Clinical Programs.
The Center for Academic and Bar Readiness offers several important courses for students as they prepare to take the bar exam, including the 5-unit Capstone course.
Part-Time Juris Doctor (JD) Entrants
Part-time students take the same innovative program of courses as full-time students over a four-year span. Find out more about the Part-Time JD Program.
Juris Doctor (JD) Program Accreditation
La Verne Law is fully approved and accredited by the State Bar of California.