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Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Thomas Jefferson School of Law is a private, independent law school. The mission of the law school is to provide an outstanding legal education for a nationally based student body in a collegial and supportive environment with attention to newly emerging areas of law, particularly those related to technological development, globalization, and the quest for social justice. In furtherance of that goal, the law school offers both a full-time and a part-time program. Students may begin their studies in August or January.
The law school campus consists of two attractive and modern buildings. Perched on a hillside overlooking the San Diego harbor, the Law Library Building features the traditional Spanish architecture characteristic of Southern California. It houses the library and faculty offices. The Courtyard Building, located directly across the street, houses classrooms, the moot courtroom, the deli, the student center, the bookstore, and administrative offices.

The campus is situated in the historic Old Town section of San Diego. Originally the site of the first European settlement in California, Old Town is now a unique tourist attraction and business center. The many shops and restaurants in Old Town as well as the old Town trolley station are within easy walking distance of the campus.

Students will find the campus very convenient to the rest of San Diego. The campus is near the intersection of two major freeways and affords easy access to most areas of the county. Downtown San Diego is only minutes away by car.

The full-time program typically requires three years to complete, while the part-time program usually requires four. Students may accelerate graduation by one semester by taking additional courses in the summer. Classes are offered during both the day and evening.

The curriculum includes a broad mix of electives, but emphasizes the development of professional skills, such as negotiation, mediation, arbitration, trial advocacy, appellate advocacy, and legal drafting. Students may learn these skills through an extensive set of simulation based courses as well as through field placement programs in federal and state courts and at public agencies in San Diego.

Electives include courses in diverse areas such as sports and entertainment law, international law, intellectual property, business law, health law, family law, environmental law, and emerging areas such as bioethics and sexual orientation and the law.

At Thomas Jefferson, the faculty seeks to provide first rate classroom instruction tailored to the needs of the individual in a supportive environment. All members of our faculty are dedicated teachers and pride themselves on their accessibility to students. To ensure that students receive personal attention, classes are kept small. The average class last year had approximately 30 students.

Thomas Jefferson also offers a variety of support services to meet the individual needs of students. The law school organizes weekly survival skills workshops open to all first year students. In these workshops, entering students meet in small groups with upper class students to hone the skills they need to succeed in law school. Entering students with special needs are assigned to meet with a faculty member for a weekly tutorial session. To help moderate the stress sometimes associated with law school, Thomas Jefferson provides free and confidential short-term personal counseling by two licensed, professional therapists.

Flexible scheduling, a committed and accessible faculty, a diverse curriculum, small classes and an array of support services all combine to provide a learning experience that is personal to each student.

Thomas Jefferson School of Law is a private, independent nonprofit law school, fully approved by the ABA.

School name:Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Address:2121 San Diego Avenue
Zip & city:CA 92110 California

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