The Juris Doctor curriculum is a 92 credit program with 84 credits in required coursework. The required courses cover all the subjects tested on the California bar exam. Electives cover subjects important to modern law practice.
Elective courses cover a wide variety of subjects and include employment discrimination, contract drafting, intellectual property, education law and a number of courses in health and patent law.
Concord’s Legal Analysis and Writing (LAW) course is an intensive practicum that requires students to draft and redraft the documents that are the “bread and butter” of a law practice. The course also includes a Moot Court competition conducted via conference call. Students may elect to further hone their trial skills in the advocacy elective course, which includes demonstrations of effective technique and provides the opportunity for student practice via individually critiqued videotaped sessions.
A variety of other electives also offer skills training related to both litigation and transactional practice. The Legal Education Experience Program—known as LEEP—places students in a legal setting under the supervision of a practicing attorney. Concord students have worked in judges’ chambers, in public defenders’ offices, and in legal aid clinics. The Kaplan Legal Services Award is presented to LEEP students at graduation in recognition of legal service in the public interest.