Hybrid Juris Doctor (J.D.) Degree Program | Ventura Campus

Hybrid Juris Doctor (J.D.) Program

We're the first accredited law school in California to launch a hybrid J.D. program.

We are the first accredited law school in California to launch a Hybrid J.D. program. This program revolutionizes traditional legal education by combining online learning with intensive residencies while focusing on "Lawyering Skills" that prepare you to begin making immediate contributions to the legal community upon graduation.

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Our groundbreaking Hybrid J.D. program begins a new tradition in legal education by making a law degree more accessible and affordable for students who desire to make a difference but have commitments that prevent them from attending classes on campus. The Colleges of Law has taken the lead in advancing the next generation of J.D. programs, becoming the first accredited law school in California to launch a Hybrid J.D. program.

  • QUALITY - Our faculty members are accomplished judges and attorneys in the Tri-Counties. Our Juris Doctor students benefit from the breadth of our faculty's professional experiences.
  • CONVENIENCE - Students of our Hybrid  J.D. program complete 70 percent of their coursework online and attend four weekend residencies at the Ventura Campus.
  • AFFORDABILITY - Our Hybrid Juris Doctor program costs less, on average, than half of those typically offered at traditional private law schools.
  • PRACTICALITY - Our students graduate as practice-ready attorneys poised to make an immediate contribution in their new professional setting.

Program Overview


Students attend a single 12-hour intensive residency each month at the Ventura campus centered on active learning opportunities where they will put theory into practice. Every third month of the semester, students will use the residency to focus on one of four lawyering skills: practical, litigation, transactional, professional development and leadership.


Students who complete our Hybrid J.D. program are academically eligible to sit for California's General Bar 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.

Why study at Colleges of Law?

Affordable Legal Education

At the Colleges of Law, our reasonable tuition rates and scholarship opportunities reflect a commitment to providing affordable legal education that will lead to a wider range of career opportunities (and less post-graduation stress).

Practitioner Faculty

Our professors are active contributors to the legal profession—practicing judges, lawyers, and elected officials who often come straight from these positions to teach in the Colleges of Law classrooms.

With their support and expertise, students develop the leading-edge practical and theoretical skills necessary to succeed in today’s legal field.

Innovative Programs

As the first law school in California to launch a Hybrid J.D. program, we are committed to advancing the next generation of legal education for our students.

Accommodating Schedules

For many years, our flexible, and affordable J.D. and M.L.S. programs have allowed parents, full-time employees, and others with standing commitments to pursue a first-class legal education while maintaining their responsibilities.

Additionally, our professors and staff work hard to provide the support and resources that make for a successful and rewarding law school experience.


The Colleges of Law is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools & Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).

For more than 30 years, our Juris Doctor program has also been accredited by the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California.

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“If I were to do everything again, I would do it exactly the same way that I did. I am very satisfied and happy with my entire professional career. I have a lot of admiration for my former professors, who are now colleagues.” 

Kata Kim | Attorney/J.D.-10'