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) courses are intensive practicums that require students to draft and redraft the documents that are the “bread and butter” of a law practice. 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. Students may also take Oral Argument Training and Practice.
Other skills courses include Electronic Legal Research and Future of Law Practice, which are both required courses in the program. The Future of Law Practice emphasizes research, writing, strategic planning, and presentation skills. Students may also choose to complete ADR and Technology or Contract Drafting as elective courses.