Hybrid Juris Doctor

HYBRID JURIS DOCTOR (J.D.) PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Our groundbreaking Hybrid Online J.D. degree program begins a new tradition in legal education by making a law degree more accessible and affordable for students who desire to make a difference but have commitments that prevent them from attending classes on campus. We have taken the lead in advancing the next generation of J.D. programs, becoming the first accredited law school in California to launch a hybrid online J.D. program. This program redefines traditional thought surrounding law school by combining online learning with intensive residencies and prepares students to respond to an ever-evolving legal jobs market.

The program starts with a foundational semester to ensure that every student has the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in law school.

Students attend a single 12-hour intensive on-site residency each month at the Ventura campus centered on active learning opportunities where they will put theory into practice. Once per semester, students will take a “Lawyering Skills” course where they will be introduced to and practice the skills necessary to enter the profession upon graduation. A final capstone project tests each student’s ability to demonstrate the fundamental skills they need to begin making immediate contributions to the legal community.

In this program, legal education has caught up to the 21st century.

Hybrid J.D. Program Overview

70% ONLINE/30% ON-SITE

FULL-TIME/PART-TIME

CREDITS

84

MONTHS*

32-40

The Hybrid Online J.D. degree program is designed to allow students to finish the program between 32 and 40 months. Students who wish to complete the program in 32 months would take 10-13 units per semester or 30-39 in a calendar year. Students who wish to complete the program in 40 months would take 7-10 units per semester or 21-30 units in a calendar year.

Get a first-class law degree without the debt

Our affordable J.D. program reflects our commitment to high-quality, cost-effective education.

Learn from well-connected faculty

The J.D. faculty includes practicing judges, lawyers, and elected officials working within the local community. They bring real-world experience straight into the classroom.

Benefit from a diverse student body

Our J.D. students come from all walks of life, with a variety of backgrounds and perspectives that energize and diversify the classroom and the legal profession.

Join an engaged, vibrant community

J.D. students and graduates join a lively community of scholars, educators, practitioners, and public—one that is always engaged in dialogue about the law and its intersection with daily life.

Schedule

All students will complete 70% of their coursework online and attend four intensive weekend residencies at the Ventura campus during the semester.

Regular Hybrid J.D. Students

One of the following from an accredited college or university:

Bachelor’s degree

Associate’s degree

60 semester units of academic college credits

Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0

At least one letter of recommendation

A three-page, typed, double-spaced personal statement detailing your motivation, skills, and suitability to pursue a J.D. degree at the Colleges of Law

*All applicants must interview with the admissions committee

Students for whom English is the second language: TOEFL scores or English composition class transcripts (if proficiency is not otherwise demonstrated)

J.D. APPLICATION CHECKLIST

To be considered for admission, ALL J.D. applicants must submit the following:

Completed online or mailed application form

A required, nonrefundable application fee of $50

A personal statement at least three pages in length

At least one letter of recommendation

Certified transcripts of academic work

Please contact our admissions staff if you have any questions regarding your application.

TRANSCRIPT REQUIREMENTS

All applicants are required to submit certified transcripts in a sealed envelope from the school(s) where coursework was attempted. Transcript requirements depend on where, and to what level, degrees have been taken:

Applicants with a bachelor’s degree: Submit a certified transcript from the school awarding the degree OR a current LSDAS report.

Applicants without a bachelor’s degree: Submit a certified transcript from each college or university attended.

Applicants educated outside the United States: Submit an evaluation from a Credential Evaluation Service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. This must be a detailed report providing a categorized listing of courses with individual grade equivalents and overall grade point average.

Unofficial transcripts can be used to make a preliminary evaluation of your qualifications until certified transcripts are submitted. If you have completed our education prerequisites, but need more time to obtain certified transcripts, contact the Admissions Office.

TEST SCORE REQUIREMENTS

Some applicants are required to submit scores from standardized tests during the admission process:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): Applicants for whom English is not their first language may be required to submit TOEFL scores if proficiency is not otherwise demonstrated. For further information, contact the Admissions Office.

LSAT (Law School Admission Test): For most J.D. applicants, where the potential for success at the College is indicated by undergraduate record and work and life experiences, an LSAT score is not currently required for admission. In other instances, an applicant will be asked to submit an LSAT score before the Admissions Committee will give further consideration to an application. Regardless of requirements, all applicants may wish to take the LSAT with adequate planning and preparation, as there is a correlation between LSAT scores and law school grades.

If you have taken a test but need additional time to obtain your score, contact the Admissions Office.

Academic Calendar

FALL SPRING SUMMER
Hybrid J.D. students admitted
15 weeks 15 weeks 15 weeks

Students will travel to the Ventura campus one weekend every month during the semester.

All sessions are 15 weeks in length.

Hybrid J.D. CURRICULUM

Our Hybrid J.D. students combine online coursework with four intensive, on-campus residencies focused on skill development throughout each semester. A “flipped classroom” education model ensures that time spent in the classroom is centered on active learning, as opposed to traditional lectures. Because legal writing and legal research are critical skills for every attorney, students will have the opportunity to practice and master these skills each semester and develop a portfolio of work to show prospective employers. A final capstone project tests each student’s ability to demonstrate the fundamental skills they need to begin making immediate contributions to the legal community.

SAMPLE 32-MONTH SCHEDULE

Intro to Legal Fundamentals (3 units) 

Intro to Legal Writing and Analysis (3 units) 

Intro to Legal Research (2 units) 

Track Weekend (1 unit)

Torts (3 units) 

Contracts (3 units) 

Criminal Law (3 units) 

Track Weekend (1 unit)

Torts II (3 units) 

Contracts II (3 units) 

Professional Responsibility (3 units) 

Track Weekend (1 unit)

Real Property I (3 units) 

Community Property (3 units) 

Civil Procedure I (3 units) 

Track Weekend (1 unit)

Real Property II (3 units) 

Civil Procedure II (3 units) 

Wills and Trusts (3 units) 

Pro Bono Legal Internship (1 unit) 

Directed Study (2 units) 

Track Weekend (1 unit)

Constitutional Law I (3 units) 

Evidence (3 units) 

Business Associations (3 units) 

Internship (1 unit) 

Track Weekend (1 unit)

Constitutional Law II (3 units)

Constitutional Criminal Procedure (3 units)

Remedies (3 units)

Elective (3 units)

Bar Studies (3 units)

Professional Legal Writing (3 units)

Capstone (3 units)

California Bar Exam

Students who complete our J.D. program are academically eligible to sit for California’s General Bar Exam. It’s no secret that this two-day exam is one of the toughest in the nation, with a pass rate that typically hovers around 50 percent. For students juggling law studies with work and family responsibilities, the exam can pose a significant challenge. Faculty and staff at the Colleges of Law share a strong commitment to helping students succeed on the exam.

Our required curriculum covers every bar-tested subject and includes Bar Studies, a course designed to help students meet the exam’s intellectual and time-management challenges. We also offer presentations, panel discussions, and workshops on Bar Exam preparation.

More information about the Bar Exam, as well as information about additional prerequisites for practicing law in California, can be found on the State Bar of California website.