Juris Doctor Program

Plan Your Degree Program with Lincoln

Why Are We Different?

Lincoln Law School of San Jose has helped students earn their law degrees for over 100 years.  Since 1919, we have been a non-profit law school, allowing our tuition to be a fraction of the cost of most other law schools in the area.  Our faculty is comprised of distinguished practicing lawyers and judges.  We thrive on the belief that legal education shouldn’t compromise your daily schedule or break the bank.

  • 84 Total Units
  • Flexible Programs
  • Convenient Evening Courses

Curriculum

The standard curriculum takes 4 years for students entering in the Fall Semester as shown below and 4 ½ years for students entering in the Spring or Summer Semesters. Students should contact the Admissions Coordinator for additional information. 84 units are required for graduation.

First Year

Intro to Law 
1 unit

Contracts 
3 units

Torts 
3 units

Criminal Law 
3 units

Contracts 
3 units

Torts 
3 units

Criminal Law 
3 units

Legal Research & Writing
3 units

Second Year

Business Organization
2 units

Real Property
3 units

Civil Procedure
2 units

Professional Responsibility
3 units

Business Organization
2 units

Real Property
3 units

Civil Procedure
2 units

Professional Responsibility
3 units

Professional Ethics and Responsibility
1 unit 

Elective Course
2 units

Personal Property
2 units

Moot Court
2 units

Third Year

Evidence
3 units

Constitutional Law
3 units

Community Property
3 units

Evidence
3 units

Constitutional Law
3 units

Negotiation & Mediation
2 units

Elective
Totaled 3 units

Fourth Year

Wills & Trusts
3 units

Remedies
3 units

Criminal Procedure
3 units

Wills & Trusts
3 units
This course covers such issues as intestate succession; execution and revocation of wills; incorporation by
reference and related issues; planning, creating, and administering trusts; duties and liabilities of trustees; charitable trusts; and the nature and application of the rule against remotely contingent interests.

Trial Practice
3 units
This course provides students with a general introduction to trial practice, procedures and strategies through a
combination of lectures and practical skills exercises.

Advanced Legal Writing
3 units
This fourth-year course consolidates skills in legal analysis and written communication of legal information. It emphasizes concise, coherent analysis in a variety of subject areas. Students are instructed in organizing complex legal arguments in a number of advanced writing exercises.

Elective
2 units
At Lincoln, we have a vast selection of elective classes for you to choose from.  Download our course catalog to choose your elective.  Click here to download.

Except as provided in rule 4.30 of the Admissions Rules (Legal Education in a foreign state or country), completion of a professional law degree program at this law school other than for a Juris Doctor degree does not qualify a student to take the California Bar Examination or satisfy the requirements for admission to practice law in California. It may not qualify a student to take the bar examination or to satisfy requirements for admission to the practice of law in any other jurisdiction.  A student intending to seek admission to practice law should contact the admitting authority in the jurisdictions where the student intends to qualify to sit for the bar examination or to be admitted to practice for information regarding their legal education requirements.