Overview

The College of Law at John F. Kennedy University offers a range of degree and certificate programs for students interested in pursuing a profession in the legal field with classes available online and on-campus at our Pleasant Hill law school campus location.

Within our College of Law, you will enjoy:

Comprehensive Education – Your legal studies will center on the role of law in advancing social justice. In addition, you will have the opportunity to gain real-world experience in our law clinics and make court appearances, along with your supervising faculty member, throughout your education.

A Supportive Environment – Class sizes are small, so you can develop strong relationships with faculty and peers.

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.

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Welcome from the Dean

Lisa Hutton
Acting Dean, College of Law

This is an exciting time to enter into 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.

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. We have two clinics on campus whose dual purpose is to train our students in the ins and outs of legal work while serving the community. 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

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BarBri Bar Review Program

As former Director for Examinations of the State Bar of California, JFK University College of Law’s Dean Barbieri played a key role in developing the California Bar Examination. He has personally worked with faculty to integrate key concepts and exam-taking strategies into the College of Law’s unique bar study program, which is included in the cost of the JD program ($5,000 value).

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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. For example, we currently offer a clinical placement at Contra Costa County Legal Services and at the Contra Costa County, Solano County and Alameda County district attorney and public defender offices. Clinical placements offer flexible scheduling so that they are also available to students who are employed elsewhere.

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ABA Approved Paralegal Certification

JFKU has the only Bachelor 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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Accreditations

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

ABA
For legal Studies Program and Paralegal certificate only