School of Law - About

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The John F. Kennedy University School of Law offers an online program leading to the Juris Doctor (JD) degree. The program is designed to meet the individual needs of the student in the most supportive environment possible.

Students at the JFK School of Law have a rich diversity of backgrounds and life experiences. Some are recently out of undergraduate studies while others are from professions and occupations. Our students range in age from their early 20s to their 60s.

The JFK School of Law is committed to the highest quality of legal education. Students receive a thorough grounding in substantive law and in the practical skills necessary to become competent practitioners. No effort is stinted to develop the principles and proficiency in legal analysis, writing, research, and advocacy. In addition, we encourage all students to pursue internships and clinical programs in order to experience practical application of the substantive law and to develop valuable relationships with the legal community.

As part of the law school's mission statement, the School of Law advocates the participation of the lawyer in public service. Our clinical programs introduce the student to the valuable work lawyers play in improving the lives of the disadvantaged. All students are required to complete a minimum of 60-hours of public interest legal work.

"Change is the law of life. And those who look
only to the past are certain to miss the future"

-John F. Kennedy

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Programs

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Juris Doctor

The NCU Juris Doctor program is accredited by the Committee of Bar Examiners for the State Bar of California and emphasizes clinical and practical skills training in the realm of public interest law and social justice, rather than only theoretical.

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Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies

The Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies is a degree completion program that focuses on the practical application of substantive law while encouraging critical thinking, ethical conduct, and social responsibility.

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Paralegal Certificate

Approved by the American Bar Association, the Paralegal Certificate curriculum provides you with the practical skills, knowledge, and values necessary to become an effective member of a legal team.

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Service to Community

The JFK School of Law is dedicated to serving local communities in the delivery of low and no cost legal services. All law students will have the opportunity to participate in public interest internships, as well as work under the supervision of attorneys in one of our clinical programs to earn academic credit. This work enriches the communities in which our students live and provides them with a practical learning experience.

Our Graduates Say It Best

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“My degree has helped me with my confidence as a person and as a member of my community. This degree gives you a way to make real change.”
Natalya F, School of Law Graduate

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“The online experience afforded me great flexibility in determining when to complete assignments. Unlike on-campus classes, if a time conflict arose, I had the freedom to adjust my schedule without unnecessary stress or having to make alternate arrangements with my professors. I felt tremendous support from the faculty and staff at the JFK School of Law. There were also ample academic resources and faculty and staff who were rooting for me along the way. I believe that is rare in higher education and I am deeply grateful for those who made my degrees possible and who walked alongside me on the way.”
Kate M., JFK School of Law Graduate

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“My advice to anyone thinking about starting the program would be this: If you’re ready to see the world differently, then take the plunge. You will be supported, you will make new connections from across the United States, you will be changed for the better, and you will do this at an amazing school that genuinely cares about your success!”
Dennis S., JFK School of Law Student

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