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Juris Doctor (JD) Program

The JD program at California Western School of Law will give you the knowledge and skills you’ll need to serve as an effective advocate for justice.

Designed for Success

Because of our status as an independent law school, we can stay ahead of the latest legal trends so you can have the skills and experience that employers and clients seek.

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areas of concentration
40+
simulation courses
70%
students who participate in the Clinical Externship Program

JD Program Details

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We carefully design our program beginning with the first year, to ensure that you start with a foundational understanding of the law. You begin to build that foundation as you develop skills and hands-on experience in your second year. What does this look like exactly? Read more about our courses and what you can expect throughout your time here:

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Our trimester academic calendar allows interested students to study law year-round and complete their legal education in two years. Additionally, we offer a part-time program designed for students who are working or have other obligations while they are attending law school. The part-time program is a day program only.

  • Two-Year Program
  • Part-Time Program

Program Highlights

The JD program at California Western School of Law gives you a strong foundation in legal theory and practices, as well as hands-on experiences with clients in the field. Find out more below.

Before you take your courses, you might want to know the details of all the courses that we offer. After a strong foundation in legal analysis, research, and writing, you’ll have the chance to explore more electives in years two and three.

Course Catalog

In your second year, you’ll take our acclaimed STEPPS program. (Skills Training for Ethical Practice and Professional Satisfaction) 

STEPPS Program

As a part of your studies, you can specialize in several areas of law, including:

  • Business Law
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Criminal Justice Program
  • International Law
  • Labor and Employment Law 

Explore Concentrations

Along with our STEPPS Program we offer more than 40 simulation courses through the JD program at California Western School of Law. Some include:

  • Advanced Negotiation
  • Culture & the Criminal Justice System
  • Law & Lawyers in Pandemic
  • Trial Practice 

In your third year, you can participate in the Clinical Externship Program, where you receive academic credit while working in an actual legal environment.

You may extern in any type of office or area of law. Students may use our pre-approved externship placements or self-initiate an externship in San Diego or anywhere in the world, adding a cultural experience to the hands-on learning opportunity.

Clinical Externship Program

Upon graduation, you can participate in the successful Bar Review Program, which provides additional preparation for the bar examination.

The program offers a complete review of all subjects tested on the California Bar Examination as well as essay workshops, multiple choice question workshops, performance exam workshops, several simulated exams, and group and individual tutoring.

Bar Review Program