Academic Programs - California Western
For more information about our academic programs, contact the Admissions Office at:
(800) 255-4252 ext. 1401
Juris Doctorate (J.D.) Program
Our innovative Juris Doctorate (J.D.) program emphasizes skills-based training and prepares you for a successful and satisfying career in the legal profession.
Specific academic elements of our J.D. Program include:
Areas of Concentration
You can enhance your expertise through eight areas of concentration. Students who complete one of these areas of concentration receive formal recognition on their transcript.
Clinics and Other Experiential Courses
Experiential courses take you beyond classroom learning and give you real-world experience, teaching you the skills that lawyers actually use in practice.
This program is required for 2L students and uses a simulated law office environment to prepare you with the knowledge, skills, and values necessary for the ethical practice of law.
Clinical Internship Program
You can participate in the Clinical Internship Program, where you receive academic credit while working in an actual legal environment.
Two-Year and Part-Time Options
The trimester academic calendar allows interested students to study law year-round and complete their legal education in two years. California Western also offers a part-time day program.
Dual and Joint Degree Programs
California Western offers the following dual-degree and joint-degree programs in conjunction with the UC, San Diego (UCSD) and San Diego State University (SDSU):
Offered jointly with SDSU's College of Business Administration, the J.D./MBA program is an intensive, integrated curriculum designed for working in the interdisciplinary field of law and business.
Offered jointly with SDSU's School of Social Work, the J.D./M.S.W. program focuses on areas where law and social work intersect such as child welfare, mental health, aging, and domestic violence.
Two program disciplines are offered, J.D./Ph.D in History and J.D./Ph.D in Political Science. The J.D./Ph.D. programs are offered jointly with the UC, San Diego.
The joint Masters Degree in Health Law is built on the academic strength and reputation of the UCSD School of Medicine and California Western School of Law
LL.M. in Trial Advocacy
This LL.M. program enhances your criminal defense and trial skills by delivering a modern, experience-oriented degree that prepares you for success at the Federal, State, and Private level.
LL.M. & M.C.L. Programs for Foreign Lawyers
These LL.M. & M.C.L. programs are designed to prepare lawyers from other countries to work knowledgeably with lawyers in the United States in either their own or the U.S. legal system.
American Legal Studies & Exchange Program - Brazil
This program, taught in English only, is essential for Brazilian lawyers interested in learning the U.S. legal system to develop skills and expertise in practicing law internationally.
Summer Enrichment Program
The Summer Enrichment Program is a six-week law school class that introduces incoming students to the tasks of a law student and provides a better understanding of what law school entails.
With our focus on international law, many students spend a session learning about the law in other countries. You can take courses for transfer credit during several offered summer abroad programs.
Consortium for Innovative Legal Education (CILE)
The Consortium is a cooperative model for legal education consisting of four independent ABA and AALS accredited American law schools.