Juris Doctorate Degree Program
The Concord Law School Juris Doctorate Degree program is for those seeking to practice law as well as develop the greatest range of career opportunities. This four-year, part-time program provides the intensive educational experience of the traditional Juris Doctorate degree, while accommodating the individual needs and interests of a diverse student body.
JD Degree Program
Applicants who have completed a bachelor's degree in a regionally or Distance Education and Training Council (DETC)-accredited institution in the United States that is approved by the State Bar of California will be considered for admission to Concord's JD law degree program. This part-time program is grounded in core bar courses. Students in the Juris Doctorate program must successfully complete at least 22 to 24 units of coursework during each of four years. Concord students balance the demands of four or five concurrent courses in their integrated curriculum, while developing their legal knowledge and skills.
Juris Doctorate students meet regularly with classmates in study groups, to share experiences, and to support one another in their studies. Meetings take place online, on the phone, and, occasionally, face-to-face. According to the results Concord received from the Law School Survey of Student Engagement, conducted by the Indiana University at Bloomington’s Center for Postsecondary Research, Concord students report being more engaged in their studies than the overall group of law students surveyed.
JD Degree Skills
In the Concord Juris Doctorate law degree program, students develop a wide range of skills, including the ability to:
- analyze a client’s legal problems
- research applicable case, statutory, and regulatory laws
- develop an effective legal strategy
- represent a client fully
- understand and uphold their legal responsibilities
Juris Doctorate Career Opportunities
Graduates of the Concord Law School JD degree program are eligible to apply for the California Bar examination. Upon passing the bar examination and fulfilling other statutory requirements, graduates become eligible to practice law in the State of California.
A licensed attorney also has the knowledge, skills, and credentials for employment in a great variety of careers beyond the traditional practice of law.