State-of-the-Art Online Program
In 2021, the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California granted Irvine College of Law’s request to offer a permanent, online distance learning J.D. degree curriculum. To attain such permission, the law school needed to reinvent itself after almost 50 years of operating as a fixed-facility law school offering in-person, onsite classroom instruction.
With the expenditure of significant resources and applying the teaching and professional expertise of its faculty, Irvine College of Law’s entire curriculum and all courses it now offers were thoroughly redesigned, revised and strengthened to provide a state-of-the-art, online program of legal education leading to the award of a J.D. degree and the eligibility of its students to take and pass the California Bar Examination. The new curriculum is taught using the most current casebooks, textbooks, and other resources available, many from West Academic Publishing, among the most respected legal publishers in the nation.
Best Online Academic Support Resources Available
The College of Law now educates its students using a combination of both real-time online class sessions (using Zoom) and the best online academic support resources available, the same that are used by law schools throughout the United States. Such resources include 24/7 access to CALI, West Academic’s CasebookPlus and Adaptibar. The Irvine College of Law curriculum is compliant with all requirements of the State Bar of California by offering courses covering all subjects tested on the California Bar Examination, along with courses designed to teach practice-based skills and competency training. As a result, Irvine College of Law’s curriculum offers its students a sound and practical legal education.
Professors Dedicated to Students’ Success
Designed to accommodate full-time employees, business owners and working professionals
Four-year, Part-time Program
Irvine College of Law offers a four-year, part-time program designed to accommodate full-time employees, business owners and working professionals. The course of study for the J.D. degree is academically challenging and time consuming. As a result, the law school seeks to admit only those who are not only academically capable, but who are able to meet the demands of a rigorous academic experience.
As those who are enrolled can confirm, to succeed as a law student at Irvine College of Law you need strong reading comprehension and analytical skills to learn how to apply the law you need to know to solve legal problems. You will be educated in both legal reasoning and practical skills and be expected to develop the written communication skills used by practicing attorneys. Thus, upon graduation, you will have the both the knowledge and skills to pass the California Bar to practice law in California competently and ethically.
Irvine College of Law’s J.D. Program
The J.D. curriculum of Irvine College of Law is comprised of a four-year, part-time course of academic study that requires completion of a total of 80 semester units to earn a Juris Doctor (JD) degree and eligibility to take the California Bar Examination.
As approved by the State Bar of California, Irvine College of Law’s distance learning program requires that its students earn 80 semester units of academic credit by completing a minimum of 900 hours of academic engagement a year, for four separate years. Each year is comprised of two, twenty-four-week semesters: a Summer/Fall semester (early July through mid-December) and a Winter/Spring semester (early January through mid-June). Students are required to enroll in a minimum of 10 units a semester (generally three courses), to earn 20 units over a full academic year that also earns students a full year of their eligibility credit to take the FYLSX and then the California Bar Examination.
All J.D. courses (both required and electives) have been redesigned into either full semester (24 week) four-unit courses, or half-semester, 12-week two-unit courses.
As with all sound J.D. degree programs, Irvine College of Law’s program is designed to teach students through in-class Socratic teaching and lecturing, extensive reading assignments, homework assignments and through rigorous self-testing during each semester. Irvine College of Law curriculum is also enriched by allowing students to earn academic credit through approved legal internships working under the supervision of practicing attorneys,
To assist its first-year students to prepare for and pass the FYLSX, the law school offers for credit a “FYLSX Boot Camp” which is taught over a 12-week schedule of review lectures by current faculty members covering all three subjects tested, along with a full-day mock exam, extensive use of Adaptibar and practice essay questions.
Irvine College of Law also offers a “CBX Prep/Review Course that provides a 24-week, comprehensive review of all subjects tested on the California Bar Examination, taught by an experience bar tutor who uses both in-person and online class sessions, and one-on-one tutoring seeks to strength each student’s exam writing and test-taking skills. The course also uses full access to Adaptibar to offer students rigorous self-testing through the course.
Download the 2022-2023 Catalog & Student Handbook
For a complete description of Irvine College of Law’s J.D. curriculum and course requirements, please see pages 11-16 of the Irvine College of Law Catalog and Student Handbook