Juris Doctor Program

  • 84 Total Units
  • 4 Year Program
  • Convenient Evening Courses

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 day schedule or break the bank.  

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
This course, offered to entering first-year students during the weeks preceding the commencement of the first-year
of substantive courses is an introduction to the substance and process of law and legal education and explores
the general sources of law; an introduction to legal reasoning; the case method and techniques used by the courts
in resolving cases. Students are taught to analyze case law and statutes and to cultivate an understanding of the
judicial and legislative processes. The course also provides students with an opportunity to practice briefing
cases, take a practice examination, and receive individual feedback on their writing and analyses in preparation
for the first-year substantive courses.

Contracts 
3 units
A basic study of the fundamental principles governing the law of contracts, including offer, acceptance
and consideration; parties affected by contracts, including joint obligations, conditions, interpretation, assignments
and contracts for the benefit of third persons; illegality and discharge; study of the Statute of Frauds and Parole
Evidence as they pertain to contracts.

Torts 
3 units
The course addresses the invasion of legally protected interests of one person by another and study of the simple
social obligations which an individual owes to others according to the traditions of the common law and
subsequent development. Individual torts are considered within the broad categories of intentional invasions,
negligent invasions and absolute liability. Also included are issues related to defamation; deceit; interference with
business, political and family relations; and addressing the major problem of determining who should bear the loss
incurred through the tortuous act of another.

Criminal Law 
3 units
Fundamental problems in the substantive law of crimes and its administration; the content of criminal law,
punishable acts and omissions, mental state requisite to punishment, scope of liability under modern law
for conspiracy and attempt, and for participation in crimes committed by others; the enforcement of the law and
an introduction to criminal procedure.

 

Contracts 
3 units
A basic study of the fundamental principles governing the law of contracts, including offer, acceptance
and consideration; parties affected by contracts, including joint obligations, conditions, interpretation, assignments
and contracts for the benefit of third persons; illegality and discharge; study of the Statute of Frauds and Parole
Evidence as they pertain to contracts.

Torts 
3 units
The course addresses the invasion of legally protected interests of one person by another and study of the simple
social obligations which an individual owes to others according to the traditions of the common law and
subsequent development. Individual torts are considered within the broad categories of intentional invasions,
negligent invasions and absolute liability. Also included are issues related to defamation; deceit; interference with
business, political and family relations; and addressing the major problem of determining who should bear the loss
incurred through the tortuous act of another.

Criminal Law 
3 units
Fundamental problems in the substantive law of crimes and its administration; the content of criminal law,
punishable acts and omissions, mental state requisite to punishment, scope of liability under modern law
for conspiracy and attempt, and for participation in crimes committed by others; the enforcement of the law and
an introduction to criminal procedure.

Legal Research & Writing
3 units
This first-year course provides integrated instruction in legal research, analysis and writing. The curriculum
alternates short task-based exercises with longer assignments that require effective legal research strategies and
management of multiple authorities in legal writing. Primary and secondary sources are explained. Various
methods for updating legal authority are also included. The initial research component emphasizes manual library
research and later, computer-assisted legal research.

Second Year

Business Organization
2 units
The class analyzes the legal structure and characteristics of various business organizations using the corporation
as the basic model. Topics include the utilization of agents; the promotion of business; selection between the
various forms available; the attributes of each and problems and issues in formation; the distribution of power and
benefits within the organization; the limitations on conduct and the consequences of action or inaction imposed by
the applicable duties of care, duties of loyalty and special fiduciary responsibilities emanating from federal law
and state law (whether by statute, regulation or common law); the procedural requirements of litigation inter se;
capital structure and financing; and the fundamental changes that may occur in the organization such as
dissolution, sale of assets, mergers, as well as the rights and duties attendant thereto.

Real Property
3 units
This is a yearlong course for 2nd year students that provides an overview to the law of real property, focusing on
interests and estates in land; the co-ownership of such interests and estates; the acquisition of ownership and
lesser interests in real estate, the nature of that ownership, restrictions thereon, the consequences of ownership
and methods and procedures connected with transfers of such ownership.

Civil Procedure
2 units
Using the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the California Code of Civil Procedure, this course studies the rules
which govern civil cases from filing to final disposition. In the first semester, the course surveys each of the
procedural stages followed by a detailed consideration of issues of personal and subject matter jurisdiction;
venue; and conflicts of law. The second semester will focus on pleadings; joiner: discovery; pretrial disposition;
trial; appeal and preclusion.

Professional Responsibility
3 units
This course entails study of the legal profession as an institution; the development of a sense of professional
responsibility; privileges and duties as a member of the legal profession; review of the fundamentals of ethics and
their application to legal problems; study of the Model Rules of the American Bar Association and the Rules of
Professional Conduct of The State Bar of California. An addition unit has been added to the class in order for
students to analyze, describe and resolve issues connected with the professional and ethical practice of the
law. One unit of the course will be devoted to writing including Opinion Letters relating to rule compliance and
advice.

Business Organization
2 units
The class analyzes the legal structure and characteristics of various business organizations using the corporation
as the basic model. Topics include the utilization of agents; the promotion of business; selection between the
various forms available; the attributes of each and problems and issues in formation; the distribution of power and
benefits within the organization; the limitations on conduct and the consequences of action or inaction imposed by
the applicable duties of care, duties of loyalty and special fiduciary responsibilities emanating from federal law
and state law (whether by statute, regulation or common law); the procedural requirements of litigation inter se;
capital structure and financing; and the fundamental changes that may occur in the organization such as
dissolution, sale of assets, mergers, as well as the rights and duties attendant thereto.

Real Property
3 units
This is a yearlong course for 2nd year students that provides an overview to the law of real property, focusing on
interests and estates in land; the co-ownership of such interests and estates; the acquisition of ownership and
lesser interests in real estate, the nature of that ownership, restrictions thereon, the consequences of ownership
and methods and procedures connected with transfers of such ownership.

Civil Procedure
2 units
Using the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the California Code of Civil Procedure, this course studies the rules
which govern civil cases from filing to final disposition. In the first semester, the course surveys each of the
procedural stages followed by a detailed consideration of issues of personal and subject matter jurisdiction;
venue; and conflicts of law. The second semester will focus on pleadings; joiner: discovery; pretrial disposition;
trial; appeal and preclusion.

Professional Responsibility
3 units
This course entails study of the legal profession as an institution; the development of a sense of professional
responsibility; privileges and duties as a member of the legal profession; review of the fundamentals of ethics and
their application to legal problems; study of the Model Rules of the American Bar Association and the Rules of
Professional Conduct of The State Bar of California. An addition unit has been added to the class in order for
students to analyze, describe and resolve issues connected with the professional and ethical practice of the
law. One unit of the course will be devoted to writing including Opinion Letters relating to rule compliance and advice.

Professional Ethics and Responsibility
1 unit
This course entails study of the legal profession as an institution; the development of a sense of professional
responsibility; privileges and duties as a member of the legal profession; review of the fundamentals of ethics and
their application to legal problems; study of the Model Rules of the American Bar Association and the Rules of
Professional Conduct of The State Bar of California. An addition unit has been added to the class in order for
students to analyze, describe and resolve issues connected with the professional and ethical practice of the
law. 

Elective Course
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.

Personal Property
2 units
A study of the law attendant to tangible and intangible personal property that provides an analysis of ownership;
possession; methods of acquisition, transfer, and hypothecation; and remedies to vindicate ownership or
possession of such property. Attention is devoted to the problems of bailment and common carrier responsibilities.
The course also serves as a brief introduction to the concepts of so-called intellectual property.

Moot Court
2 units
Emphasis on the skills, techniques, and format of appellate brief preparation, procedure in reviewing courts, oral
presentation of facts and law, and the persuasive argument.

Third Year

Evidence
3 units
The course addresses the rules of common law, California and Federal Rules of Evidence with special attention to
hearsay, relevancy, privileges, character evidence, real proof, judicial notice, and other doctrines affecting the
admissibility of evidence in judicial proceedings.

Constitutional Law
3 units
A comprehensive study of the American constitutional system, comprised of Supreme Court of the United States
interpretations of the most frequently litigated clauses of the U.S. Constitution; emphasis on procedures by which
constitutional issues are raised and determined with materials appropriate for the process of decision; national and state power; separation and delegation of powers; due process of law; equal protection under the law; First Amendment and other civil liberties.

Community Property
3 units
The course involves the careful study of the origin, history and development of community property law in California; rights and interests of the respective spouses in the community, including agreements and dissolution; and differentiation of separate and community property.

Evidence
3 units
The course addresses the rules of common law, California and Federal Rules of Evidence with special attention to
hearsay, relevancy, privileges, character evidence, real proof, judicial notice, and other doctrines affecting the
admissibility of evidence in judicial proceedings.

Constitutional Law
3 units
A comprehensive study of the American constitutional system, comprised of Supreme Court of the United States
interpretations of the most frequently litigated clauses of the U.S. Constitution; emphasis on procedures by which
constitutional issues are raised and determined with materials appropriate for the process of decision; national and state power; separation and delegation of powers; due process of law; equal protection under the law; First Amendment and other civil liberties.

Negotiation & Mediation
2 units
The objectives of the course are to: (1) familiarize students with various negotiation models as a foundation for creating their own negotiating style; (2) develop an understanding of the context in which particular negotiation and mediation strategies are successfully employed; (3) explore ethical considerations and their impact on negotiations and mediations; (4) develop proficiency in negotiation through role plays and other practical exercises; (5) acquire basic skills essential to service as a mediator, including convening, conducting joint sessions, caucusing and assisting in the creation of durable and enforceable agreements.

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.

Elective
1 unit
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.

Fourth Year

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.

Remedies
3 units
This course provides a review, using both a historical and an analytical approach, to remedy jurisdiction and the principles of remedies with respect to contracts, torts and real property. Topics include the powers of courts of equity; specific performance; specific relief against torts; special equitable remedies; interpleader; cancellation and surrender of contracts; removal of cloud of title; declaratory judgment; the merger or union of law and equity, both procedural and substantive.

Criminal Procedure
3 units
This course studies the validity of arrests, searches and seizures, and motions for suppression; the right to counsel
and proceedings preliminary to trial; plea bargaining; prosecution and defense tactics and strategies.

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.