Hybrid Juris Doctor
HYBRID JURIS DOCTOR (J.D.)
Our innovative Hybrid Juris Doctor program—one of only a few in the country—offers students a comprehensive understanding of law through a revolutionary legal education model that emphasizes practical skills, active learning, and schedule flexibility.
Hybrid J.D. students admitted
Students will travel to the Ventura campus one weekend every month during the semester.
All sessions are 15 weeks in length.
Hybrid J.D. CURRICULUM
Our Hybrid J.D. students combine online coursework with four intensive, on-campus residencies focused on skill development throughout each semester. A “flipped classroom” education model ensures that time spent in the classroom is centered on active learning, as opposed to traditional lectures. Because legal writing and legal research are critical skills for every attorney, students will have the opportunity to practice and master these skills each semester and develop a portfolio of work to show prospective employers. A final capstone project tests each student's ability to demonstrate the fundamental skills they need to begin making immediate contributions to the legal community.
Sample 32-month schedule
California Bar Exam
Students who complete our J.D. program are academically eligible to sit for California's General Bar Exam. It's no secret that this two-day exam is one of the toughest in the nation, with a pass rate that typically hovers around 50 percent. For students juggling law studies with work and family responsibilities, the exam can pose a significant challenge. Faculty and staff at the Colleges of Law share a strong commitment to helping students succeed on the exam.
Our required curriculum covers every bar-tested subject and includes Bar Studies, a course designed to help students meet the exam's intellectual and time-management challenges. We also offer presentations, panel discussions, and workshops on Bar Exam preparation. More information about the Bar Exam, as well as information about additional prerequisites for practicing law in California, can be found on the State Bar of California website.