Juris Doctorate (JD)

Advocacy and Impact.

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Degree Overview


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At the San Francisco Law School (SFLS), we believe dedication, leadership, and a commitment to advocacy and justice is foundational in every successful lawyer. We also believe there should be no barriers to advocacy—so we’ve tailored our legal studies to be accessible to all.

Through extensive coursework in torts, legal writing, criminal and evidence procedure, research, and more, you will gain a deep understanding of a wide variety of legal principles that will arm you with the knowledge and skills you’ll need to confidently take on the bar, practice law, and make a lasting impact as an advocate for your community.

 

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Degree Highlights

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Baby Bar

Many of our students are often exempt from the requirement to sit for and pass the First-Year Law Students’ Examination, also known as the “Baby Bar.”

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Part-Time Scheduling

Our JD Degree Program offers a part-time format to provide more options and greater flexibility to our students.

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Varied Course Offerings

We will thoroughly prepare you to take on the subjects explored within the Bar exam, which include federal, criminal, property, civil, and financial law.

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"I truly believe the professors at SFLS are world-class instructors and dignified attorneys, and as such, they are the best role models a law student can have."
Jeryl Wilford
Alumnus, San Francisco Law School
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Degree Information


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About SFLS

Since 1909, The San Francisco Law School has provided quality legal education to a diverse student body—many of whom also work full-time and have family responsibilities while earning their law degree.

As the oldest evening law school in the western United States, San Francisco Law School is one of the first law schools to be accredited by the State Bar of California and has had continuous accreditation since 1937.

Students at SFLS are instructed in all subjects tested on the California Bar Examination.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are some of the student services and opportunities that are offered at the SFLS?

    Academic Support: The SFLS has a robust academic support program and a full-time Director of Academic Support who provides a personalized plan to guide each student to success;

    Career Services: We have a full-time Director of Career Services who not only will help you with your job search, but will also help you with writing your resume and cover letters, and will help you with securing an internship, externship or a judicial clerkship to build your experience and your resume in order to enhance your career opportunities.

    Moot Court: Our students have the opportunity to participate in our regular moot court program, as well as to compete in national moot court competitions. In fact, one of our students won “Best Brief” last year in a national moot court competition that included teams from some of the top law schools in the country.

    Externships: Our students have the opportunity to serve as externs in all three, main areas of law practice: criminal law, business and transactional law, and civil litigation.

    For those with an interest in practicing in the area of criminal law, there are opportunities to work with:

    • Corporate compliance and corporate counsel, dealing with issues such as securities fraud, Intellectual property theft, tax evasion, improper dealings with foreign governments, and environmental violations
    • State and federal judges
    • Local district attorneys and public defenders, county attorneys, city attorneys
    • State attorneys general
    • Public interest groups

    For those who are interested in practicing in the area of business and transactional law, there are opportunities to work with law firms, in-house counsel, and administrative agencies in the areas of:

    • Labor & Employment
    • Intellectual Property
    • Environmental Law
    • Healthcare
    • Tax
    • Oil & Gas
    • Real Estate
    • Regulatory Compliance and Risk Management

    For those who are interested in practicing in the area of civil litigation, there are opportunities to work with law firms, in-house counsel, and administrative agencies in the areas of:

    • Personal Injury
    • Medical Malpractice
    • Insurance Coverage
    • Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid
    • Professional Malpractice
    • Employment Law
    • Intellectual Property – Trademark
    • Banking Disputes
    • Real Property
    • Family Law
    • Probate Administration and Litigation
    • Guardian Administration and Litigation
    • Personal and Business Bankruptcy
  • What scholarship and financial aid options are available to me?

    SFLS has just established New Merit Scholarships for students enrolling in Spring or Summer of 2019 for both 25% off the cost of tuition and 50% off the cost of tuition for all four years of our JD degree program.

    To qualify for one of these new, merit scholarships, students need to have an LSAT score of 150+ and meet the SFLS admissions criteria. To review the scholarship requirements, please visit https://scholarships.alliant.edu.

    Private and public scholarships can help you meet the cost of your education. Alliant International University is pleased to be able to offer a significant number of institutional scholarships for many of our students. Learn more about these scholarship opportunities here. Additional Financial aid is available for those who qualify in the form of loans, grants, federal work study, and military aid. Learn more in our Financial Options Guide.

  • When does the JD degree program start?

    The JD degree program is a semester-long program and is open for enrollment during the Spring, Summer, and Fall enrollment periods. You can find a copy of our Fall Semester academic calendar here.

  • How long does it take to complete the JD degree program?

    The JD degree is an 87-credit program and takes a minimum of 4 years to complete.

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Program Campus Locations


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Why Alliant

At Alliant, our mission is to prepare students for professional careers of service and leadership and promote the discovery and application of knowledge to improve the lives of people in diverse cultures and communities around the world. Our Vision is an inclusive world empowered by Alliant alumni.

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Why SFLS

At the San Francisco Law School, we believe there should be no barriers to advocacy—that is why we have tailored our legal studies to be accessible to all.

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Where will you make your impact?