Academic Program

San Joaquin College of Law offers a flexible program to accommodate the diverse needs of our students. From recent undergraduates to working professionals with families, students can earn the 86 units required for their Juris Doctor degree. For questions regarding the curriculum, please contact the registrar.

Three Year Program

Students admitted to the Three-Year Program will complete their studies in three years, needing to attend only Fall and Spring semesters, having summers free to pursue internship or clerking opportunities. The Three-Year Program is a full-time program. Three-Year Program students are required to take at least 4 clinical units. While attending classes in the Fall and Spring semesters, students enrolled in the Three-Year program must not work more than 20 hours per week in any type of employment.

Year 1

Fall/Spring

Course Title Units
First Year Total 29
Civil Proceedure I & II 5
Contracts I & II 6
Criminal Law 3
Legal Methods I & II 4
Real Property I & II 5
Real Property Drafting 1
Torts I & II 5
 

Year 2

Fall/Spring

Course Title Units
Second Year Total 29
Business Organizations I & II 4
Constitutional Law I & II 6
Criminal Procedure 3
Evidence I & II 6
Moot Court 2
Professional Responsibility 2
Electives 6
 

Year 3

Fall/Spring

Course Title Units
Third Year Total 28
Advanced Research & Writing 3
Community Property 3
Remedies I & II 5
Wills, Trusts, and Estate Planning I & II 5
Electives 12


Four Year Program

The Four-Year Program is designed for working adults. Students attend classes four days per week (evenings 6:30 - 9:30pm) for the first two years. The last two years are completed by attending classes three days per week. The typical program requires attendance at two or three summer sessions.

The Four-Year Program requires an average of ten (10) classroom hours each week throughout the four years. A student should expect to spend approximately three (3) hours in preparation time for each hour of classroom time.

Some courses have day sessions, giving students the ability to tailor a study program to individual family and work needs.

Year 1

Fall/Spring

Course Title Units
First Year Total 20
Civil Procedure I & II 5
Contracts I & II 6
Legal Methods I & II 4
Torts I & II 5
 

Year 2

Summer

Course Title Units
Elective 2

Fall/Spring

Course Title Units
Second Year Total 22
Business Organizations I & II 4
Criminal Law/
Criminal Procedure
6
Professional Responsibility 2
Real Property I & II 5
Real Property Drafting 1
Moot Court 2
 

Year 3

Summer

Course Title Units
Elective 2

Fall/Spring

Course Title Units
Third Year Total 21
Constitutional Law I & II 6
Evidence I & II 6
Wills, Trusts, and Estate Planning I & II 5
Elective 2
 

Year 4

Summer

Course Title Units
Elective 4

Fall/Spring

Course Title Units
Fourth Year Total 23
Advanced Research & Writing 3
Community Property 3
Remedies I & II 5
Elective 8


Four Year Program Transferring to Three Year Program

A student in the Four-Year program who finishes the first year with a minimum of 70 GPA can accelerate his or her studies by transferring to the Three-Year Program. A student transferring to the Three-Year Program must plan the two final years of his or her program carefully in advance. A student choosing to transfer is REQUIRED to meet with the Director of Student Services, Academic Dean, or Dean, for approval prior to registering for the summer session after the first year of study. A student transferring to the Three-Year Program is required to take additional courses during the second and third years and full summer session loads of 6 units (a combination of electives and externship units). Students generally do the externship work during the summers, after summer session.

A student transferring to the Three-Year program must abide by all requirements and any limitations imposed upon Three-Year program students.

Year 1

Fall/Spring

Course Title Units
First Year Total 20
Civil Procedure I & II 5
Contracts I & II 6
Legal Methods I & II 4
Torts I & II 5
 
 

If you have a cumulative GPA of 70 or higher after completing 20 units you may transfer into the Three Year Program.

 

Year 2

Summer

Course Title Units
Electives 4

Fall/Spring

Course Title Units
Second Year Total 34
Business Organizations I & II 4
Constitutional Law I & II 6
Criminal Law 3
Criminal Procedure 3
Evidence I & II 6
Moot Court 2
Real Property I & II 5
Real Property Drafting 1
 
 

Year 3

Summer

Course Title Units
Electives 4

Fall/Spring

Course Title Units
Third Year Total 32
Advanced Research & Writing 3
Community Property 3
Professional Responsibility 2
Remedies I & II 5
Wills, Trusts, and Estate Planning I & II 5
Elective 10

*Curriculum is subject to change