Thomas Jefferson School of Law

General Info

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Thomas Jefferson School of Law, commonly referred to as TJSL, is a law school in San Diego, California. TJSL offers Juris Doctor degrees. The dean of the law school is Rudolph Hasl; Ceremonially, the Dean of TJSL also holds positions as a professor and as the President of the school.

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TJSL Admissions

TJSL is considered a Somewhat Competitive law school, which accepts only 83% of its applicants. Comparatively, Thomasjefferson is Significantly Higher than the average cost for law school.

Applications Offers Matriculated
Class of 2024 1196 988 (82.61%) 247 (20.7%)
25% Median 75%
GPA 2.48 2.74 3.12
LSAT 141 144 148

Tuition And Financial Aid

In-State Resident Non-Resident
Full Time $46,200 $46,200
Part Time $34,700 $34,700

Living Expenses

  • Living on-campus: $26,690
  • Living off-campus: $26,690
  • Living at home: $13,240

Important Dates

  • Early Decision 1: N/A
  • Early Decision 2: N/A
  • Regular Decision: N/A
  • Application Fee: N/A

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TJSL Community

TJSL is considered to have a Somewhat Favorable student to faculty ratio. The average class size for 1L sections is approximately Above Average compared to other law schools. Student diversity at Thomasjefferson is Above Average.

Student body

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Comparable Schools

Faculty Statistics

  • Full Time: 36
  • Part Time: 40

Faculty

  • # Female Faculty: 40
  • # Minority Faculty: 12

Ratio

18.4 Students

1 Faculty

Housing Options

  • On Campus Housing: No
  • Graduate Housing: No
  • Law Specific Housing: No

TJSL Curriculum

The size of 1L sections affects the quality and consistency of teaching in law schools. Generally with smaller 1L section sizes, students receive more individualized attention. Thomas Jefferson School of Law 1L section size is 34% smaller than law schools in California and 30% smaller than all PRIVATE law schools.

1L Section Size Comparison

TJSL: 112
California Average: 150
PRIVATE School Average: 146

Positions Available in Advanced Courses

  • Simulation Courses: 1192
  • Faculty Supervised Clinics: 138

Students Involved in Advanced Activities

  • Field Placements: 204
  • Law Journals: 91
  • Moot Court/Mock Trials: 0

Attrition Rates

  • First Year: 39.5%
  • Second Year: 11.9%
  • Third Year: 0.9%
  • Fourth Year: 0.0%

TJSL Employment

Deciding to attend law school requires a large financial investment with the goal of securing employment upon graduation. The Thomas Jefferson School of Law class of 2019 had an employment rate of 66% with 2% pursuing an additional degree.

Employment Comparison

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In 2019, 78.9%% of students reported their employment status 9-months after graduation.

Type of Employment

  • Law Firms: 50.0%
  • Business: 29.0%
  • Government: 13.0%
  • Public Interest: 3.0%
  • Academia: 2.0%
  • California: 68%
  • Nevada: 4%
  • Florida: 3%

Bar Passage Rates

  • Reporting: 78.9%
  • First Time Takers: 336
  • Average School: 49.1%
  • Average State: 67.0%
  • Pass Difference: -17.9%

Top Bar Jurisdiction

  • California: 66.1%
  • Passed: 105 of 235 (44.7%)
  • State Average: 67.0%
  • Difference: -21.4%