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JD Program

JD, Full-Time

Full-time students take most of their first-year classes during the day and typically graduate in three years.

During the first year, full-time students may be required to take one course per semester in the evening. During the second and third years, students have a host of options, including day or evening classes and summer courses, to fulfill their requirements. Because of the demands of class preparation and assignments, library research, and co-curricular activities, full-time students may not work more than 20 hours per week outside of school.

How to Apply

Deadlines and application instructions for the JD program.


Required Curriculum

JD students must earn at least 87 units of course credit, including 52 units in required core courses, plus additional program requirements. In the full-time program, required courses are concentrated in the first and second years.

Additional program requirements for all students entering fall 2019 and beyond:

  • Bar Subjects: students must take a minimum of three California bar subject courses, which include Community Property, Corporations, Remedies, and Wills & Trusts.
  • Experiential Learning: students must also take one or more experiential course(s) totaling at least 6 units. An experiential course may be a simulation course, law clinic or externship.
First Year Fall Spring
Civil Procedure 3 Units 3 Units
Contracts 3 Units 3 Units
Criminal Law - 3 Units
Criminal Procedure - 3 Units
Legal Writing 3 Units 3 Units
Torts 4 Units  
Skills for Future Lawyers 1 Unit  
Second Year Fall Spring
Constitutional Law I & II 3 Units 3 Units
Property I & II 3 Units 3 Units
Upper Division Courses Must be completed after first year
Advanced Legal Analysis 2 Units
Evidence 4 Units
Legal Drafting 2 Units
Legal Ethics or Professional Responsibility 3 Units
Upper Level Writing Requirement 0 Units

Office of Admissions

Kendrick Hall, 230
2130 Fulton Street
San Franciscio, CA 94117-1080