Earn your Juris Doctor (J.D.) Degree at La Verne Law and become an attorney that makes 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 & inclusivity. In fact, La Verne Law is one of the most diverse law schools in the country.
Juris Doctor (J.D.) Curriculum
The Juris Doctor (J.D.) 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 J.D. curriculum incorporates values and skills for academic success into the foundational doctrinal courses: Contract Law, Civil Procedure, Real Property, and Constitutional Law. 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.
The next courses in the first year are Torts and Criminal Law, which provide instruction in doctrine combined with Introduction to Legal Skills. These classes explore case briefing, case synthesis, exam writing (with emphasis on predictive legal writing), legal research, and persuasive legal writing.
In the spring semester, first-year J.D. students participate in Court Observation Week, where they observe local courthouse operations and have opportunities to interact with judges and trial attorneys.
Second Year Curriculum
In the second year, all students focus on the development of practical legal skills through a Litigation Track and a Transactional Law Track. The Litigation Track incorporates Criminal Procedure, Evidence, and Trial Advocacy in the context of a simulated problem culminating in a mock trial. The Transactional Law Track includes Business Organizations, Sales, and Negotiations in a simulation that emphasizes business formations, document drafting, and negotiation.
In addition to the tracks, students can take up to 14 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 J.D. program is focused on experiential learning. 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.
Students are encouraged to get as much live-client experience as possible in the third year, including participation in traveling competitions on a Moot Court team, a Trial Team, or an Alternative Dispute Resolution Team. The Center for Academic and Bar Readiness offers several important courses for students as they prepare to take the bar exam—including Multistate Bar Strategies and California Performance Test Strategies—all taken in the final year. Learn more about our Clinical Programs.
Part-Time Juris Doctor (J.D.) 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, Evening J.D. Program.
Juris Doctor (J.D.) Program Accreditation
La Verne Law is fully approved and accredited by the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the American Bar Association and is also accredited by the State Bar of California.
Learn more about our Juris Doctor (J.D.) Degree Program!
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