Juris Doctor Degree Program
These characteristics are integral to your success in the Juris Doctorate Program at Alliant International University.
While it is not an easy undertaking, the rewards outweigh the sacrifice. With a Juris Doctorate degree from the San Francisco Law School, you’ll join the ranks of some of our nation’s most dedicated advocates — including alumni Leo McCarthy, Former Lt. Governor of California and Thomas Broome, Past President of the National Bar Association — who speak on behalf of those who struggle within a complex system. You will be armed with the tools you need to advocate within civil, criminal, property, or financial law. The coursework in the J.D. program will prepare you with the knowledge and skills you need to confidently take on the bar, practice law, and make a lasting impact.
Through extensive coursework in topics such as torts, legal writing and research, criminal and evidence procedure, and wealth and property, you will gain a deep understanding of legal principles within every courtroom. Our coursework is also designed to educate you on the core competencies explored in the bar exam.
And all of this done from a culturally diverse standpoint. One that considers the ethical and social responsibilities within the legal profession. So you can go on to justly represent a culturally diverse society.
The San Francisco Law School Legacy and The Alliant Choice
We don’t take it lightly when a student chooses to partner with us for their education. Making Alliant International University your home for your legal education means choosing more than just a bay area law school. It means choosing quality, from faculty to finish. The San Francisco Law School has been continuously accredited by the California State Bar since 1927— the year the State Bar was founded.
Furthermore, through Alliant International University’s WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) accreditation, San Francisco Law School students are eligible to apply for federal financial aid.
Preparing for the Bar Exam
California has what is considered to be one of the nation’s most difficult bar exams. You, of course, are not deterred, and we are here to guide and support you through every step of the process. Unlike other law schools, we offer a bar exam preparation program within your degree curriculum. And because of San Francisco Law School’s accreditation by the California State Bar, many of our students are exempt from the requirement to sit for and pass the First-Year Law Students’ Examination also known as the “Baby Bar.”
We will thoroughly prepare you to take on the subjects explored within the exam, which include federal, criminal, property, civil, and financial law. Coursework readies you through:
Extensive Curriculum: Each class provides an in-depth analysis and practical application of the topics discussed. Critiques, appellate briefs, panel arguments, and test environments enhance the coursework by putting terms in real-life situations. You will not only learn it— you will master it.
Exam-Specific Classes: In your final term you will take Bar Strategies. You will review the considerations within the bar exam’s essay portion, learn time management techniques to ensure you have ample opportunity to address each exam question and review proper writing styles to give you every chance of passing.
Part Time, Full Time – Your Time.
Alliant’s focus on diversity extends into course schedules; our J.D. degree program offers two options for flexible completion:
Part-Time Program: The part-time program is designed to be completed over the course of four years. You’ll have the flexibility of attending evening classes held four times each week. Some elective classes are also available on the weekends. Essential classes, such as Moot Court and Bar Skills, offer summer scheduling. Part-time courses are available in both San Francisco and San Diego.
Full-Time Program: Coursework is designed to take three years to complete, in addition to passing the California Bar exam. The full-time program is on-site in San Francisco.
Get Started Today!
Take the next step to becoming a lawyer today. Contact the San Francisco Law School to learn more about our J.D. degree program.