The JD degree is a traditional law school program that is designed to prepare students for entry into the legal field, particularly the practice of law in the State of California and within the Federal Court System. This program allows students to receive comprehensive instruction beginning with Contracts, Tort, and Criminal Law, and upon successful completion of the First Year Law Students' Exam (FYLSX), continues through intermediate and upper- level legal topics. The main objective of the School of Law program is to provide students with a strong background in the legal profession in becoming a successful attorney.
Students enrolled in the JD program must successfully pass all courses and complete at least 103 units, pursuant to the California State Bar attendance and continuous study requirements and AHUSOL policies. JD students must be in good financial standing to graduate and must have successfully completed all academic requirements to participate in the graduation commencement ceremony.
While the University provides official transcripts as part of the graduation package, Students may need to submit an official transcript to potential employers, or other universities for the purpose of transfer or application. The Registrar is responsible for filling transcript requests and will make every attempt to process these requests within five (5) working days.
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Please use this Transcript Request Form to request transcripts. AHUSC will only release official transcripts to students who meet the following conditions:
A positive moral character determination is one of several requirements for admission to the practice of law in California. Because the moral character review process can take a minimum of six months to complete, law students should begin their application no later than the beginning of their last year of law study. Early filing is encouraged so that the process may be completed before results from a particular examination are released. Learn more at: https://www.calbar.ca.gov/Admissions/Moral-Character
To practice law in California, applicants must not only pass the California Bar Examination, they must also pass the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE). Developed by the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE), the MPRE is a 60-item (50 scored questions and 10 nonscored pretest questions), two-hour multiple-choice examination administered three times each year at established test centers across the country. (Title 4, Division 1, Chapter 5 of the Rules of the State Bar of California). Learn more at https://www.calbar.ca.gov/Admissions/Examinations/Multistate-Professional-Responsibility-Examination
The California Bar Examination consists of the General Bar Examination and the Attorneys’ Examination. The General Bar Exam consists of three parts: five essay questions, the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), and one performance test (PT). The parts of the exam may not be taken separately, and California does not accept the transfer of MBE scores from other jurisdictions. The Attorneys’ Exam consists of the essay questions and performance test. Learn more at: http://www.calbar.ca.gov/Admissions/Examinations/California-Bar-Examination
One of the first things you may choose to do once you pass the California Bar Examination is to attend a swearing-in ceremony where multiple attorneys take the attorney oath at the same time. Taking the oath is not just a ritual. It is required for admission to practice law in California. Learn more at: http://www.calbar.ca.gov/Admissions/Examinations/California-Bar-Examination/Attorney-Oath