John F. Kennedy School of Law

The John F. Kennedy School of Law at Northcentral University is dedicated to providing highly motivated, diverse students with the tools they need to succeed in the legal profession. The Juris Doctor program is accredited by the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California and emphasizes both the practical and underlying legal concepts of the law profession. Students will learn the fundamentals of written and oral communication within the law, as well as develop analytical competencies necessary for successfully taking the CA Bar Examination and working in their communities as practitioners. The Juris Doctor program is also suited for those who do not intend to enter the practice of law, but have the desire to obtain advanced legal knowledge.

The JFK School of Law at Northcentral University is also the home to our ABA-approved Bachelor in Legal Studies and Paralegal Certificate programs.

A Law School that is Accessible to You

The JFK School of Law offers a rigorous yet accessible JD program for students with a passion for service to their communities. Our innovative online curriculum blends both synchronous and asynchronous learning, allowing for students to have the flexibility of an online education while maintaining student-to-faculty and student-to-student interaction. All courses are taught by experienced practitioner faculty dedicated to quality legal education and the mentorship of students.

Theoretical and Practical Skills Throughout

The JFK School of Law at Northcentral University infuses both theory and practical skills training into every course, providing students the context and knowledge they need to be successful while in law school and, ultimately, as legal professionals. In addition to the JD coursework, students may also participate in remote clinical opportunities and internship programs which serve both the community and student learning. At the JFK School of Law, students do not just learn the law — they learn how to become competent and ethical practitioners.

Mission and Vision

The mission of the JFK School of Law at Northcentral University is to provide an accessible, challenging, and comprehensive legal education in a supportive learning environment to a diverse community of learners dedicated to the professional and ethical practice of law and the pursuit of social justice. Our students and graduates come from varied educational, professional, and cultural backgrounds. Their life experiences contribute to the quality of the educational program and enhance their ability as practitioners and scholars to respond to the human considerations and values at the heart of all legal issues.

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

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