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.



Four-Year Program

San Joaquin College of Law’s Four-Year Program is designed for a diverse community. The curriculum is intended to accommodate the needs of working students, parents, commuters, and others who have substantial commitments outside of their studies. The program requires an average of ten classroom hours each week throughout the four years. A student should expect to spend approximately two to three hours in preparation time for each hour of classroom time. The program is designed primarily as a night program, but there are some daytime sections of classes offered depending on demand and availability.

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 Option.

 

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


Three-Year Option

A student in the Four-Year Program who completes the first year with a minimum cumulative GPA of 70 can accelerate his or her studies by transferring to the Three-Year Option. Students who wish to transfer to the Three-Year Option are required to meet with the Director of Student Services, Academic Dean, or Dean for approval before transferring. If receiving financial aid, the transferring student must also meet with the Director of Financial Aid. The Three-Year Option requires students to take additional courses during the second and third year of the program and complete a minimum of four (4) clinical units. Any outside employment in excess of (20) hours per week is prohibited.

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

You must have a cumulative GPA of 70 or higher after completing 20 units to transfer into the Three Year Option.

 

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