Thomas Jefferson School of Law

2121 San Diego Ave, San Diego, CA 92110

School Details

Working professionals in downtown San Diego wanted to attend law school part-time in the evenings, Thomas Jefferson School of Law (TJSL) provided a solution and it was established in 1969. Originally named Western State University College of Law, this private, not-for-profit institution quickly attracted students desiring to attend law school full-time. By the mid 1990s, the school changed its name to Thomas Jefferson School of Law and gained accreditation by the American Bar Association. TJSL’s campus recently underwent a new phase with its move to an “ultra-modern, high-tech” facility in Downtown San Diego’s East Village in 2011. Thomas Jefferson houses three Centers for Academic Excellence:  The Center for Global Legal Studies; The Center for Law, Technology, and Communications; and The Center for Law and Social Justice.

Thomas Jefferson School of Law is fully accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. The International Taxation and Financial Services program is accredited by the American Academy of Financial Management.

Thomas Jefferson School of Law offers two online graduate degree programs to prepare students for careers in law organizations, government entities, and foreign and domestic multinational corporations.

  •     Master of Laws (LL.M.)
  •     Master of Science of Law (J.S.M.)
Students will complete 24-credit hours of online study to complete these degrees. Curriculum requirements include a 3-credit Thesis, consisting of a dissertation of 12,500 plus words and ten or more unique footnoted sources, along with coursework in a concentration tailored to fulfill the student’s career needs. Optional concentrations include:
  •     Financial Services & Wealth Management
  •     International Taxation
  •     Compliance & Risk Management
  •     United States Taxation
  •     Bankruptcy & Restructuring
Classes are taught by qualified faculty with knowledge in law and financial services and students have full access and training via major industry tax and financial services databases, including Westlaw and Lexis, CCH, and Checkpoint and Tax Analysts. The online format gives professionals individual flexibility and convenience, yet small group instruction (about 20 students) offers an interactive platform for discussions and brainstorming. In addition, TJSL provides Five Levels of Support for online students including:
  1.     Enrollment Advisor
  2.     Student Services Advisor
  3.     Small Group Instructor
  4.     Faculty
  5.     Technical Support
Applicants pursuing the LL.M. degree must have a Juris Doctorate (J.D.), Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.), or equivalent legal degree from an United States law school or accredited foreign institution and will need to submit official transcripts. Students applying to the J.S.M. degree must have a Bachelor’s degree or graduate degree from an accredited institution or the equivalent, and submit official transcripts for evaluation. Applicants will also need to submit a personal statement and letter of recommendation, along with the application and fee. TJSL will evaluate any transfer credits and allows students a maximum of eight credit hours.

Tuition for the online degree programs at Thomas Jefferson School of Law is $1,400 per credit hour and total tuition and fees, including course materials, ranges from $34,900 to $35,300.

Thomas Jefferson School of Law works with eligible students to provide financial assistance. Federal financial aid includes the Stafford Loan and the Grad PLUS Loan. In addition, Thomas Jefferson supports active duty military and veterans through Veterans Affairs benefits. Although the school does not offer scholarships or grants for the LL.M. or J.S.M. online degrees, students should consult employers for possible tuition assistance programs.




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    Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
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    Doctorate degree
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