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. Learn more about all the University of La Verne College of Law has to offer.
Juris Doctor (JD) Curriculum
The Juris Doctor (JD) curriculum consists of 88 total semester units and takes three (3) years of full-time, or four (4) years of part-time study to complete. The curriculum is grounded in crucial lawyering skills such as critical reading, in-depth analysis, and presenting competently reasoned cases.
Year One starts with a solid foundation in core subjects tested on the California Bar Exam-contracts, real property, civil procedure, torts, and criminal law-as well as writing.
Year Two prepares you for the legal profession with learning opportunities based on real-world problems. Our litigation courses will challenge you to prosecute or defend a criminal case in a mock jury trial while our transactional curriculum will teach you to how to legally structure a business and the art of negotiation.
Year Three enhances your legal education through clinics and externships, bar preparation, and a selection of elective courses that will allow you to dig deeper into the legal topics that interest you most.
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.
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.