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Thomas Jefferson School of Law

The Juris Doctor program at Thomas Jefferson School of Law offers a rich variety of courses, concentration areas and clinical programs in addition to our special Academic Centers, which have their own certificate programs. Our academic programs are designed to train you to be an attorney but also to offer you career-enhancing experiences that will enrich your professional and personal life. While earning your J.D., you can get actual hands-on courtroom experience, work with real clients, perform pro bono and community-service work, participate in amazingly varied externships, study law overseas and travel the country with our competition teams.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 1032
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 146 - 151
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 2.69 - 3.2
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 45.85%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 60.53%
Tuition $42,000

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About Thomas Jefferson School of Law

The Juris Doctor program at Thomas Jefferson School of Law offers a rich variety of courses, concentration areas and clinical programs in addition to our special Academic Centers, which have their own certificate programs. Our academic programs are designed to train you to be an attorney but also to offer you career-enhancing experiences that will enrich your professional and personal life. While earning your J.D., you can get actual hands-on courtroom experience, work with real clients, perform pro bono and community-service work, participate in amazingly varied externships, study law overseas and travel the country with our competition teams.

Reviews

Students at Thomas Jefferson School of Law characterize their experience by the school's practical approach to legal education, the close-knit community of students and teachers, and friendly, accessible professors, all against the backdrop of sunny San Diego. Students agree, "The overall academic experience is positive [and that] the atmosphere is very supportive, which includes professors and my fellow classmates." In order to train future lawyers through a series of foundation courses and experiential learning programs, the school maintains active moot court and mock trial programs, a highly competitive law review, and a number of field programs and externships in addition to traditional course work. One student explains, "Thomas Jefferson is the school you come to if you want to gain a working and less historic knowledge of the law. Although legal theory plays a large and important role in the curriculum, the faculty is more concerned with providing students with a knowledge base that more appropriately prepares us for the legal 'real world.'" Another student confidently contributes, "Overall, I believe I received a first-rate legal education, and the school's strong emphasis on developing my practical skills has certainly enhanced my resume far beyond those of my peers from other schools." While most students appreciate the applicability of their course work, some would like to see a greater emphasis on basic philosophy and theory of law. One student confides, "I feel that some of my professors teach us the skills to pass the bar, but not to really understand the law." Another complains, "There is a woeful lack of American legal history taught."Overall, students feel that "TJSL's cozy atmosphere is nurturing and allows students as well as professors to interact with each other frequently, allowing a healthy exchange of ideas to circulate throughout the campus." The teaching staff gets high marks from students, who describe the faculty as "an amazing group of well-respected powerful people, active in the community locally and nationally." Consistent with the school's educational mission, many teachers "have practiced in their respective fields, so they provide real-life insight into what they teach." TJSL students love the fact that "the school's professors are easy to approach and more than willing to spend time with you outside of class." One student shares this story: "The accessibility of the faculty is outstanding. On one occasion, I e-mailed my professor a copy of my midterm and asked for his comments. In less than an hour he had e-mailed back my midterm with elaborate explanations of how I could improve." Still, some students wish they were taught only by those professors who offer the best of both worlds. "The school could strive for experienced professors (not just experienced lawyers who have no idea how to teach first year students)," says one conscientious student.Along those lines, students worry about the school's rapid growth, watching the classrooms and parking lots burst at the seams with each year's incoming class. Students say, "Every year the average entering student GPA and LSAT scores rise," and with that, so do the class sizes. Students fret that, "the classrooms are ridiculously crowded," and that the campus is "a little on the small side and needs desperately to expand." Still, "the school is committed to constantly upgrading the technical as well as academic areas of the school," starting with fall 2004 they have reduced the size of the entering class by 100 students to eliminate overcrowding. Many feel that, with time, TJSL will catch up to itself.

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 376

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Graduates Last Year: 0

Description: An advanced, professional study of the law, policies, and regulations governing transnational business and commercial practices, including the specialized tax law related to international financial transactions.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

JD/MBA with San Diego State University 4 years

Specialty Law Programs

  • Civil Procedure
  • Commercial
  • Constitutional
  • Corporation Securities
  • Criminal
  • Environmental
  • Government Services
  • Human Rights
  • International
  • Labor
  • Property
  • Taxation
  • Intellectual Property

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 90
Full-Time Faculty 42
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 12
Part-Time Faculty 36
Faculty Gender 60% Male
40% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 20 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 55% Male
45% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 62%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 5%
International 1%
Hispanic/Latino 15%
Black or African American 7%
Asian 8%
American Indian or Alaska Native 2%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $42,000 Same as On-Campus
Housing $17,280 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $59,280 $42,000

Financial Aid

93% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$57,480 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision:

Average Age Admitted: 26

Incoming Class

Thomas Jefferson School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 147 - 153
LSAT Part-Time 143 - 148
LSAT Total 146 - 151

Thomas Jefferson School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 2.71 - 3.2
Part-Time 2.62 - 3.22
Total 2.69 - 3.2

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Personal Essay

Important: Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA

Admission Requirements

Required: Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores, Extracurricular Activities, Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Work Experience

Optional: Interview, State Residency

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 100%
First Time Pass Rate 46%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 73%

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 61%
Average Starting Salary $60,000
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 55 38%
Firm Sized 11-25 7 5%
Firm Sized 26-50 3 5%
Firm Sized 51-100 3 2%
Firm Sized 251-500 1 1%
Business Industry 33 23%
Government 8 6%
Public Interest 4 3%
State Clerkship 2 1%
Academia 10 7%
Unknown Employer Type 2 1%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 6 2%
Unemployed, Seeking 82 32%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 6 2%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
NV 5%
CO 7%
CA 70%
International 1%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Thomas Jefferson School of Law include:

  • Dan Vrechek - Qualcomm
  • Mattias Luukkonen - DLA Piper US LLP
  • Roger Benitez - U.S. District Court, Southern District, CA
  • Duncan Hunter - Member of U.S. Congress
  • Bonnie Dumanis - San Diego District Attorney

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