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    California (San Diego) -- Thomas Jefferson School of Law -- Accreditation: Full ABA -- Year Founded: 1969
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    Re: Thomas Jefferson School of Law (Full ABA)

    The Thomas Jefferson School of Law, (TJSL), is a private, non-profit law school in San Diego, California offering Juris Doctor and Master of Law degree programs. It has no affiliation with Thomas Jefferson University located in Pennsylvania, which is dedicated to health sciences.

    The Thomas Jefferson School of Law was originally founded in 1969 as the San Diego campus of for profit Western State University College of Law and operated as such until 1995. TJSL became independent in 1995, and was granted provisional accreditation from the American Bar Association in 1996. It was given full ABA accreditation in 2001 and joined the Association of American Law Schools in 2008.

    Degree programs
    • Juris Doctor
    • LLM Master of Laws - International Trade
    • LLM Master of Laws - American Legal Studies
    • LLM Master of Laws - International Tax and Financial Services - Offered via the Diamond Graduate Law School LLM Online Program
    • JSM Masters of The Science of Law for "non-lawyers" - Offered via the Diamond Graduate Law School LLM Online Program
    • JSD Doctor of Juridical Science (* A PhD level Research Doctorate in Law) - Online Research Program that is available for JSM and LLM graduates.

    Admissions - How Do I Apply?

    Thomas Jefferson is committed to providing an admissions process that considers each applicant as an individual and that grants to each applicant full, careful, and personalized consideration. The law school seeks to admit students who, through their personal, intellectual or professional background and experience, will contribute to the diversity of the law school community. You are encouraged to contact the Admissions Office at any time with your questions or concerns. We also welcome visits to our campus by prospective students and would be pleased to provide you with a personal tour.

    CONTACT THE ADMISSION OFFICE: The Admissions Office may be reached at 619.297.9700, ext. 1600 or at 800.936.7529. It also may be reached by e-mail at [email protected].

    I. Eligibility
    To be eligible for admission, applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.

    II. Application Process
    Students seeking admission to the Thomas Jefferson School of Law should complete the following steps:
    1. Submit Complete Application
    2. Register with LSDAS
    3. Register for LSAT
    4. Letters of Recommendation
    5. International Applicants

    III. Admissions Deadlines
    Thomas Jefferson utilizes a rolling admissions process where applications are considered as they are received and completed. Under this system, the earlier an applicant applies, the greater are the chances of being admitted. Thus, applicants are well advised to apply as early as possible and to complete their files as quickly as possible. Thomas Jefferson, however, has no formal deadline for applying. For priority consideration, we encourage you to apply by December 1 for Fall admission and by October 1 for Spring admission.

    IV. Post Application Process
    Once the applicant's file is complete, it is forwarded to the Admissions Committee for a decision. An application may be accepted, denied or held for consideration at a later date. For this reason, there is no fixed period that elapses between completion of the file and notification of the applicant of a decision.

    If an application is accepted, the applicant will be requested to send Thomas Jefferson a certified copy of all undergraduate transcripts and a non-refundable tuition deposit of $400, in order to hold the applicant's place in class.

    V. State Bar Requirements
    The state in which you intend to practice may require that you register with the state bar examining authority prior to or shortly after commencing your law studies. California requires that students intending to practice in California register with the State Bar of California within 90 days of the commencement of their law studies. Registration forms for California are available online at

    Various state bars may impose a variety of requirements on those seeking admission to practice, including moral fitness qualifications. Students intending to practice in states other than California should contact the bar examining authority in those states to determine whether a similar requirement applies to them.

    VI. Transfer Students
    Students seeking to transfer from another ABA law school must submit:
    1. a completed TJSL application with the $35 non-refundable application fee
    2. register with or reactivate the LSDAS reporting through the LSAC
    3. an undergraduate and law school transcripts
    4. a letter of class standing from your current law school

    Again, in order to be considered for admission as a transfer student at Thomas Jefferson, you must submit an official copy of your law school transcript, as well as a letter of good standing. Both documents should be obtained from your current law school and submitted directly to our admission office. In order to expedite your review, please work with your current law school to receive the proper documents.

    Please note that our Transfer/Credit policy allows for the transfer of credits for classes in which a student has received a B or better. There are occasions, however, where we may grant transfer credit for classes in which you received a B-. The determination for credit transferability is made by Academics Affairs Committee only after a student is granted admission. The credit transferability determination generally takes 3-4 weeks after a student receives an offer of admission.

    We consider students from CBA and ABA accredited law schools. However, in no case will a student be permitted to transfer more than 44 units of credit and, in some cases, Thomas Jefferson may transfer fewer units of credit. We will consider students for transfer after completion of one full semester at another law school.

    VII. Visiting Students
    Students who wish to visit Thomas Jefferson for a semester or summer session may apply for visitor status. The student should submit an application for admission, a law school transcript, and a letter from the dean of the student's law school stating that the student is in good standing and that Thomas Jefferson credits will be accepted for transfer by that law school.


    Thomas Jefferson School of Law
    2121 San Diego Avenue
    San Diego, CA 92110

    Phone: 619.297.9700
    Toll Free: 800.936.7529
    Email: [email protected]


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