The College of Law at John F. Kennedy University is truly a pioneer in the legal education field. By offering a fully online JD degree, BA in legal studies program, and paralegal certificate program, we are meeting the needs of students who want to pursue a career in the legal field while continuing to meet the competing demands of family and work life.

Within our College of Law, you will enjoy:

A Comprehensive Education – Your legal studies will center on how to become responsible and competent legal practitioners. You will gain a theoretical foundation while also having ample opportunities throughout your education to gain real world experience through clinical work and internships.

A Supportive Environment – Small class sizes combined with our online format allow for a much greater degree of individualized faculty feedback and mentorship.

Experienced Faculty – Faculty members have outstanding records as lawyers, educators, and judges. Our practitioner faculty will bring the most up-to-date professional perspectives to class, assist you academically, and support your development as a legal professional.

Lisa Hutton

Welcome from the Dean

Lisa Hutton
Acting Dean, College of Law

This is an exciting time to enter the legal profession. Debates over legal issues at the federal, state, and local levels have never been more prominent. JFKU’s College of Law not only gives you the substantive knowledge you need to take the California Bar Exam and practice law, it also opens the door to the type of critical thought and analysis necessary for understanding and debating the policy issues and considerations of the day. With our accredited online programs, students who have been barred from a legal education can now fully participate.

Above all, our program emphasizes hands-on learning. We are committed to training you with the practical skills you need to enter the courthouse, communicate with clients and other legal professionals, and be successful on the job as soon as you graduate. Dedicated students in our program will do more than learn the law—they will learn how to be lawyers.

Facts About the College of Law


BarBri Bar Review Program

The BarBri-designed California Bar Exam prep program is rolled into tuition for all Juris Doctor students. Having BarBri embedded into your program allows you to access test prep materials right away and engage with your test prep journey seamlessly as you move through the curriculum.


Learning Beyond the Classroom

The College of Law at John F. Kennedy University emphasizes practical experience as well as classroom learning. Clinical opportunities are available through the University’s own legal clinics or with courts, government agencies, public interest organizations, and private practitioners. Students may select individualized placements or may choose to take part in existing clinical programs. Clinical placements offer flexible scheduling so that students employed elsewhere can still benefit from this experience.

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ABA Approved BA Legal Studies Program & Paralegal Certification

JFKU has the only bachelor’s degree program in Northern California to be approved by the American Bar Association. This innovative BA Legal Studies degree allows you to complete your Bachelor of Arts and earn a Paralegal Certificate* at the same time.

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JFKU’s Juris Doctor program is Accredited by the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California

For legal Studies Program and Paralegal certificate only

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