Juris Doctor

Serve Your Community

The NCU Juris Doctor program is approved 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. All coursework is online and problem-based rather than theoretical. In addition to online coursework, hands-on training experience is also embedded into the curriculum through the required on-site community clinics or a legal internship.

The community clinics, occurring in the second and third year of the program, allow you to gain the necessary practical experience through providing much-needed legal services to the local community. In addition to building a solid theoretical foundation, you will learn practical and applied aspects of the legal profession, which will prepare you to sit for the California Bar Examination.

The online JD program will provide you with significantly more individualized faculty attention than the traditional law school model. You will receive highly interactive and personalized feedback on assignments throughout each course from faculty members, who are both prior and current practicing attorneys and judges. There is also a BarBri-designed California Bar Exam prep program that’s included in tuition.

The program focuses on California Bar prep and is approved by the Committee of Bar Examiners for the State Bar of California.

Study at, or graduation from, this law school may not qualify a student to take the bar examination or be admitted to practice law in jurisdictions other than California. A student who intends to seek admission to practice law outside of California should contact the admitting authority in that jurisdiction for information regarding its education and admission requirements.

Career Potential*

  • Legal services industry
  • Attorneys
  • Law firms
  • Arbitrators
  • Mediators
  • Conciliators
*Positions may require additional experience, training and other factors beyond successfully completing this degree program. Many roles may also require state licensure, and it is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all licensure requirements are met.

California Bar Probationary Status

The JFK School of Law at NCU has been placed on probation by its accreditor, The State Bar of California, through its Committee of Bar Examiners, due to reporting a five-year cumulative bar exam pass rate (MPR) of 39.7 for 2020, when a minimum of 40 percent is required under Rule 4.160(N); the law school must raise this MPR to 40 percent or more by July 1, 2022 or the law school’s accreditation may be terminated. See current MPR statistics for all accredited law schools on the State Bar’s website.

Learn How the JFK School of Law is Working to Improve its Bar Pass Rates

For information relating to the pass rates of John F. Kennedy School of Law graduates on the ten most recent administrations of the California Bar Examination, visit The State Bar of California’s website at:

Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements
Annual Disclosure by California Accredited Law Schools


Total Credit Hours: 82 Credit Hours
Courses: 32 Courses
Recommended Completion Time: 3 Years


Dr. John LaNear, Provost and Chief Academic Officer at Northcentral University and Dean Lisa Hutton of the JFK School of Law, discuss the JFK School of Law at Northcentral University, a CA Bar Accredited, fully online JD Program.