The Thomas Jefferson School of Law (TJSL) is a private and independent non-profit law school in San Diego, California. It was founded in 1969 originally as the San Diego campus of Western State University College of Law and remained this way until 1995 when it became independent. It was granted provisional accreditation by the American Bar Association (ABA) in 1996 and full accreditation in 2001. By 2008, TJSL became a member of the Association of American Law Schools.
TJSL offers a Juris Doctor and three Master of Laws programs all recognized and accredited by the ABA. One of these post graduate master’s degree programs is offered exclusively online for busy professionals. Enrollees include governments and regulatory officials, partners from large multinational law and accounting firms, bank executives, tax and compliance counsel for large companies, as well as international financial service staff, financial advisors, and wealth managers.
Post graduate law degree programs offered by TJSL include ABA-accredited Master of Laws programs in International Trade & Investment; American Legal Studies; and International Tax & Financial Services; and the Juris Doctor program with various Clinical Programs, Legal Writing Program, IP & Criminal Law Fellowships, Academic Specialties, and combined JD/MBA program in partnership with San Diego State University’s highly regarded College of Business Administration.
TJSL is the only ABA-accredited law school in the U.S. with an entirely online LL.M or JD program. Established by Associate Dean William Byrnes in 1998, the TJSL online Diamond Graduate Law Program allows U.S. and foreign legal and business professionals to earn Master of Laws or doctorate degrees in International Tax and Financial Services.
Tuition cost for the online program is US$1,150 per credit hour or US$3,450 per three-credit course. Financial aid is extended via grants, loans and scholarships.