Thomas Jefferson School of Law (TJSL) was founded in 1969 as the San Diego campus of Western State University College of Law. It operated as such until 1995 when it became independent. It is set to occupy its new downtown San Diego campus in Spring 2011. It is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
Also fully accredited by the American Bar Association, Thomas Jefferson School of Law offers online programs including Master in Laws (LLM), Master of Science of Law (JSU) and Doctor of Juridical Science (JSD). Some of the possible applicants for post graduate admission are accountants, lawyers, financial services employees, private bankers, trust administrators, wealth managers, investment advisors, risk managers, anti-money laundering professionals, and offshore investment planners, among others. There are particular curricular requirements that have to be satisfied by prospective students for successful admission to the chosen program. Applicants to the LLM Program should be holders of a J.D. while applicants to JSM Program should be bachelor degree holders.
The online programs are offered through the San Diego, California campus of TJSL. Required information regarding tuition and fees as well as degree details can be obtained from the Annual Program brochure or through an Admissions Officer. Tuition rate is given “per credit hour”. Most of the books required are made available as e-books and can be purchased online from the publisher.
Thomas Jefferson School of Law offers several possible sources of funding through financial aid options including scholarships, federal loans, work-study and Veterans’ benefits. Financial counseling should be sought out immediately so as not to jeopardize a student’s eligibility for aid. US News and World Report grades Thomas Jefferson School of Law as Tier 4 in its ranking of the Best Graduate Schools. It has been receiving good reviews particularly for its online master’s program called the Diamond International Tax and Financial Services Program.