Description and Outcomes
The below policies apply to students enrolled in terms starting after March 22, 2017. All other students should refer to Prior Concord Policies and Courses.
Students seeking to practice law and develop a wide range of career opportunities should enroll in the Juris Doctor program. The JD program focuses on the knowledge and skills necessary to be a responsible and effective member of the legal profession. Law study and the JD degree have also been widely recognized as providing a foundation for individuals who work in business, government, education, and public interest positions.
The JD program at Concord strives to develop students' abilities, skills, and perspective in legal fundamentals, professional and practical skills, and critical thinking skills.
The JD program at Concord is a 92 credit hour, 4-year program. You are required to successfully complete at least 22 credit hours of coursework over two 24-week terms each year. The program consists of required courses and electives. You are required to submit periodic statements of the time spent in study, class preparation, and class attendance. These statements will be embedded in each course. You will have earned a juris doctor degree and met the legal education requirement of the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California upon graduating from this program and may apply for admission to the State Bar of California.
Learning Outcome Objectives
Concord has established the following core learning goals in connection with its Juris Doctor program:
- Demonstrates knowledge of the role of law in society and the U.S. legal system.
- Demonstrates ability to analyze and explain legal solutions to a particular fact situation (critical thinking).
- Communicates clearly and effectively both in writing and orally.
- Demonstrates competency with legal practice skills.
- Demonstrates knowledge of the law in courses tested on the California bar exam.
- Demonstrates the knowledge and skills to recognize and resolve dilemmas in an ethical manner.
- Models professionalism and knowledge of the importance of service to the profession and to the community at large.
The method of instruction at this law school for the Juris Doctor (JD) degree program is principally by technological means including interactive classes.
After you successfully complete the first year of law study in the JD degree program at this law school, you must pass the First-Year Law Students' Examination required by Business and Professions Code 6060(h) and Title IV, Division 1 of the Rules of the State Bar of California (Admission Rules) as part of the requirements to qualify to take the California Bar Examination. If you pass the First-Year Law Students' Examination within three (3) administrations of the examination after first becoming eligible to take it, you will receive credit for all legal studies completed to the time the examination is passed. If you do not pass the examination within three (3) administrations of the examination after first becoming eligible to take it, you must be promptly disqualified from the law school's JD degree program. If you pass the examination subsequent to dismissal, you are eligible for re-enrollment in this law school's JD degree program, but will receive credit for only 1 year of legal study.
Study at, or graduation from, this law school may not qualify you to take the bar examination or satisfy the requirements for admission to practice in jurisdictions other than California. If you are intending to seek admission to practice law in a jurisdiction other than California, you should contact the admitting authority in that jurisdiction for information regarding the legal education requirements in that jurisdiction for admission to the practice of law.
State Bar Registration
As a student enrolled in the Juris Doctor program, you must register with the State Bar of California after beginning law studies at Concord.
Pursuant to Rule 4.16 (B) of Title IV, Division 1 of the Rules of the State Bar of California (Admission Rules), "The Application for Registration must be filed first, before any other application is transmitted to the Committee. The applicant is required by law either to provide the Committee with a Social Security Number or to request an exemption because of ineligibility for a Social Security Number. Registration is deemed abandoned if all required documentation and fees have not been received within sixty days of filing. No refund is issued for an abandoned registration."
For more information, see www.calbar.ca.gov.
Note: registration as a first-year student is distinct from registering to sit for the California State Bar First-Year Law Students' Examination (FYLSE). If you successfully complete your first year at Concord and satisfy all other requirements, you will be certified to sit for this examination.
To maintain good academic standing in the JD program at Concord, you must actively progress toward the completion of each academic year as required by the State Bar of California. You must maintain a module pace dictated by State Bar of California rules that require students to complete their studies (a minimum of 864 hours of Concord curriculum) within 48 to 52 weeks in each year of the program.
In the first academic year you must earn a CGPA of 2.00 or higher to be certified for the First-Year Law Students’ Examination (FYLSE), as required by the State Bar of California. Should you fail any individual course, you will not be certified for the FYLSE and will not be permitted to continue in the JD program.
Upper-Division FYLSE Requirements
You are required to take and pass the FYLSE, unless you qualify for an exemption based upon attendance at a prior law school or because you have already passed the FYLSE. If you have prior law studies, Concord may require, as a condition of admission, that you petition the State Bar of California to restart your law studies.
Upon successful completion of the first year, before starting the second year, you must either pass the FYLSE or complete CL900 Concord First with a grade of “B-” or better. If you achieve such a grade, while you are permitted to continue and complete the second year of studies while the second or third administration to pass the FYLSE is pending, under no circumstances may you begin the third year at Concord in the JD program without successfully passing the FYLSE.
You may be enrolled into Concord First so long as you are still within the first three administrations of the FYLSE after becoming eligible, but only the grade for the first enrollment into Concord First will be used to determine if you may continue on to the second year in the JD program if you have not yet passed the FYLSE. There are no course credits associated with Concord First.
If you complete Concord First, but do not earn a grade of “B-” or better, and have not yet received the results of your FYLSE by the next second year academic start, you may begin your second year pending results of your FYLSE. You may not continue on to the second semester of your second year until you receive the results that you have passed the FYLSE.
If you fail to pass the FYLSE within three consecutive administrations of first becoming eligible to take the examination, you may not continue in the JD program. (Note: the three administrations rule runs from the point of eligibility, i.e., completion of the first year, not from the time you first choose to take the examination.) If you pass the FYLSE on a fourth or subsequent administration, you may be readmitted to the JD program, but all credits earned beyond the first qualifying year of study will be disqualified. If you are otherwise in good academic standing, you may be eligible to transfer to the nonbar-track EJD program (See Program Changes).
Requirements for a Qualifying Half-Year of Study
To be eligible to sit for the California Bar Examination, you must complete eight qualifying half-years of study, each with a minimum of 432 hours of preparation and study completed in not less than 24 weeks or more than 26 weeks. To receive credit for a qualifying half-year of study for the State Bar, you must earn at least 10 credit hours each semester. If you fail to complete the minimum credit hours required for a qualifying half-year of law study in any term, you may be eligible to continue your studies at Concord but any passing grades received in that term will be disqualified, and you will have to make up the failing half-year of law study.
You shall be allowed to make up 2 half-years of law study. If you achieve another failing half-year, you are not eligible to continue in the JD program.
Final Exam Qualification Policy
You are required to attend regularly and punctually to your studies. You must complete a minimum of 80 percent of each course to be eligible to take the final examination in that course. Completing 80 percent in each course is defined as the following:
If you have not completed at least 80 percent of the modules in any course at least 1 week prior to the regularly scheduled date for the final examination in that course, you cannot take the final examination. You must complete at least 80 percent of the modules in every course each semester in the first year to sit for that semester’s final exam.
Class Meeting Participation
If you have not participated in at least 80 percent of the required class meetings in any course at least 1 week prior to the regularly scheduled date for the final examination in that course, you cannot take the final examination. You must participate in 80 percent of the required class meetings in every course each semester in the first year to sit for that semester’s final exam.
You must successfully pass all required courses and complete at least 92 credit hours with a minimum 2.0 CGPA to graduate with a JD degree from Concord.
You must be in good financial standing to graduate and must have successfully completed all academic requirements to participate in the graduation ceremony.
Courses in Partnership With Other Law Schools
Advanced Advocacy: Civil Litigation (8200)
Offered at the Mitchell Hamline School of Law (MHSL) in St. Paul, Minnesota, this is an 8-day, in-person course. The 3-credit course is an intense, learning-by-doing trial skills course. You register directly with, and pay tuition at the MHSL JD rate, directly to Mitchell Hamline School of Law. To be eligible, you must have successfully completed Trial Advocacy―Theories, Tactics, and Techniques at Concord Law School.
Covers all aspects of advocacy involved in jury trials, bench trials, administrative hearings, and arbitration. Students learn by performing videotaped exercises in every class, and are critiqued by experienced lawyers and judges. The course covers case preparation, opening statements, direct examination, cross-examination, exhibits, expert witnesses, jury selection, summation, and advocacy ethics. Cases cover a range of civil and criminal problems. Students prepare written questions, outlines, and a trial brief, and try a complete bench trial or arbitration case and a full-day jury trial. Offered as a full-semester course during the fall and spring semesters, and in a concentrated format during summer session.
The below course information applies to students enrolled in terms starting after March 22, 2017. All other students should refer to Prior Concord Policies and Courses.
|First Year Requirements|
|CL600||Introduction to Legal Analysis I||1|
|CL601||Introduction to Legal Analysis II||1|
|CL630||Criminal Law I||3|
|CL631||Criminal Law II||3|
|Total First Year Requirements||24|
|Second Year Requirements|
|CL650||Constitutional Law I||3|
|CL651||Constitutional Law II||3|
|CL660||Real Property I||4|
|CL661||Real Property II||4|
|CL670||Civil Procedure I||3|
|CL671||Civil Procedure II||3|
|CL680||Criminal Procedure I||2|
|CL681||Criminal Procedure II||2|
|Total Second Year Requirements||24|
|Third Year Requirements|
|CL700||Corporations and Business Organizations I||2|
|CL701||Corporations and Business Organizations II||2|
|CL720||Legal Analysis and Writing I (JD)||2|
|CL721||Legal Analysis and Writing II (JD)||2|
|CL730||Electronic Legal Research||2|
|CL740||Future of Law Practice||2|
|Total Third Year Requirements||22|
|Fourth Year Requirements|
|CL750||Estates, Wills, and Trusts I||2|
|CL751||Estates, Wills, and Trusts II||2|
|CL761||Family Law Practicum||2|
|Total Fourth Year Requirements||22|