Academic Curriculum

The curriculum requires four years of classroom work and study.  The school operates on a semester system -- two fifteen-week semesters in the fall and spring, and an eight-week summer session, excluding examination week.  The fall semester starts in late August, the spring semester starts in January, and the summer session in June.

Students enroll in nine units of courses per semester.  During the fall and spring semesters students attend three courses per week -- three evenings a week for three hours per evening, nine classroom hours per week.  The required summer courses are two units or three units of credit each.

Examinations

Written examinations are held in each course at the end of each semester. Students may write their exam answers in the school provided blue books or they may utilize a laptop computer, then upload the exam answers via Examsoft's program. This is the same program which is utilized by the State Bar for the Baby Bar and California Bar examinations. Additional tests are scheduled at the option of the faculty.

The identities of students are kept anonymous. Students' exam answers are marked only with the last 4-digits of their Social Security numbers and only the registrar has access to a roster which matches those numbers with their respective student.

A student unable to take a final examination at the scheduled time must notify the school no later than the day of the exam. Makeup exams must be scheduled as soon as possible.  Failure to notify the school by exam day will result in a failing grade.

Laptop use for examinations -- Students wishing to use a laptop computer must provide the school with their email address, download and register Examsoft's Examplify software, and download examination files prior to exams.

Students who take examinations using their laptop computers must upload their answers by 9:00 a.m. the following morning after taking the examination.  Students who fail to meet this deadline will not receive course credit and may be subject to dismissal.