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!As a result of the merger between Northcentral University and National University - the JD program is now the JFK School of Law at National University.
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Admissions Information

The Juris Doctor Program offers two starting terms per year, one in the fall semester (August) and one in Spring semester (January). Several times a year, the School of Law hosts Information Seminars and Open Houses for people who are considering going to law school. Topics covered include the demands of our academic program, admission requirements and procedures, and the specific features of our program. The dean, faculty, and staff host these events with a panel that often includes students and graduates who talk about their law school experiences.

Applicants are encouraged to apply before the deadlines to take advantage of a rolling admissions policy. As part of the commitment to make law school a feasible reality, admissions decisions for qualified students are made on an ongoing basis to give students as much time as possible before starting the program. All applications must be on file by the deadline in order to ensure a timely admissions decision. This includes the completed application form, personal statement, transcripts, and any other supporting documentation. Law School Admission Test (LSAT) scores are requested by the School of Law from the Law School Admission Council.

Transcripts and other documents may also be accepted through the Credential Assembly Service (CAS). In rare cases, LSAT scores and transcripts may be accepted after the deadline.


  • - Pre-legal Education (Associate or Bachelor’s degree, or 60 units at an accredited college)
  • - LSAT score
  • - Personal Statement
  • - Official transcripts from all schools attended for college credit
  • - Two letters of recommendation are strongly encouraged

For additional Admissions information, please visit the JFK School of Law Catalog.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition Fees Disclaimer

Tuition and fees are charged as indicated and are subject to change without notice. All tuition charges are per unit unless otherwise indicated. Tuition is refundable on a percentage basis according to the dates published by the Registrar's Office. Fees become non-refundable beginning the first day of the term. Students expecting to drop courses or to seek a refund of tuition or fees should consult with their Academic and Finance Advisor beforehand.

Program Costs

Tuition is due and payable at the time of registration each term. A deferred payment plan is available. Tuition charges are per semester unit. JD Degree students and visiting students - $690 per unit, JD Auditors - $690 per unit, JFK University College of Law alumni auditors - $452 per unit. A BarBri-designed California Bar Exam prep program is included in tuition, as well as all texts required in the program. This includes several supplementary materials, such as outlines and study aids, to assist students in the study of law.

Program Specific Fees

Description of Fee Amount Course Materials Fee (CMF), per course $296

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

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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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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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