Pacific Coast University School of Law

A law school for working adults. We offer a quality legal education that meets the real life needs of our students, including limited class sizes and evening courses.

Since 1927

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Note: For the 2017 - 2018 Academic Year only. Re-ordering of the curricullum will result in the Third year courses not being offered. Those courses will resume in 2018 - 2019

PCU offers two class start dates for the Juris Doctorate Program which are designated ‘Track I’ and ‘Track II’. Track I consists of one subject each Monday, Wednesday and Friday evening from 6:30 to 10:10 PM, with classes beginning in September and continuing until May. Track II consists of one subject each Tuesday and Thursday evening from 6:30 to 10:10 PM and Saturday morning from 9:30 AM to 1:10 PM with classes beginning in November and continuing until August. Both tracks have a mandatory first year Lab on Saturdays.

 

The academic year is divided into three quarters with 12-quarter units per quarter. Students earn a total of 36-quarter units per year on either schedule for the four years of study in the Juris Doctor Program.

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1. JURIS DOCTORATE PROGRAM

The program is for students interested in the

study of law which qualifies them to obtain a Juris Doctorate Degree, and qualifies them to sit the California Bar Examination.

Are held the first Saturday of the month

from 2 - 4 p.m. in February, March, April, May, June, August, September and October.

 

To register, call today to speak with admissions staff about upcoming prospective student informational seminar and our legal education programs.

What we can offer you

Call today to ask about enrollment opportunities.

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Call today to speak with an admissions officer about the programs Pacific Coast University, School of Law has to offer you.

Our Academic Programs:

PCU’s Juris Doctor program is a four-year schedule based on 356 hours per school year over 33 weeks.

Each academic year follows the traditional model with the courses for each year predetermined by PCU.

 

The number of quarter units indicates the number of instruction quarters per year.

 Example: 

  4 quarter units = 1 quarter; 8 quarter units = 2 quarters; 12 quarter units = 3 quarters.

REQUIRED JURIS DOCTORATE SUBJECTS

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JURIS DOCTORATE

CURRICULUM

A.FIRST YEAR Track 1

CONTRACTS (12 quarter units)

CRIMINAL LAW (8 quarter units)

FUNDAMENTALS OF LEGAL RESEARCH (4 quarter units)

TORTS (12 quarter units)

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D.FOURTH YEAR Track 1

SUBSTANTIVE REVIEW

(8 quarter units)

PLEADING AND PRACTICE *

(4 quarter units):

PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY

(4 quarter units):

PROFESSIONAL WRITING *

(4 quarter units)

TRIAL TECHNIQUES AND ADVOCACY * (4 quarter units)

REMEDIES (4 quarter units)

CRIMINAL PROCEDURE

(8 quarter units)

Note: * denotes courses that meet the future practicum requirements of the State Bar of California for admission to practice law in the State.

Note: For the 2017 - 2018 Academic Year only. Re-ordering of the curricullum will result in the Third year courses not being offered. Those courses will resume in 2018 - 2019

Prospective Student Informational Seminars

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B. THIRD YEAR Track 1

COMMUNITY PROPERTY

(4 quarter units)

CONSTITUTIONAL LAW

(12 quarter units):

REAL PROPERTY (12 quarter units)

WILLS AND TRUSTS (8 quarter units)

A.FIRST YEAR Track 2

CONTRACTS (12 quarter units)

CRIMINAL LAW (8 quarter units)

FUNDAMENTALS OF LEGAL RESEARCH (4 quarter units)

TORTS (12 quarter units)

C. THIRD YEAR Track 1

BUSINESS ASSOCIATIONS

(8 quarter units):

CIVIL PROCEDURE (12 quarter units):

CIVIL PROCEDURES PRACTICUM*

(4 quarter units):

EVIDENCE (8 quarter units):

C. THIRD YEAR Track 2

BUSINESS ASSOCIATIONS

(8 quarter units):

CIVIL PROCEDURE (12 quarter units):

CIVIL PROCEDURES PRACTICUM*

(4 quarter units):

EVIDENCE (8 quarter units):

B. SECOND YEAR Track 2

COMMUNITY PROPERTY

(4 quarter units)

CONSTITUTIONAL LAW

(12 quarter units):

REAL PROPERTY (12 quarter units)

WILLS AND TRUSTS (8 quarter units)

D.FOURTH YEAR Track 2

SUBSTANTIVE REVIEW

(8 quarter units)

PLEADING AND PRACTICE *

(4 quarter units):

PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY

(4 quarter units):

PROFESSIONAL WRITING *

(4 quarter units)

TRIAL TECHNIQUES AND ADVOCACY * (4 quarter units)

REMEDIES (4 quarter units)

CRIMINAL PROCEDURE

(8 quarter units)