nternation Pacific University is officially registered with the State Bar of California as a correspondence law school to award Juris Doctor degrees.
Juris Doctor degree-granting authority.
This allows graduates of our four-year JD program, who have complied with Title 4,
Division of the Rules of the State Bar of California, to sit for the California Bar Exam.
Internation Pacific University JD Program
Internation Pacific University JD degree is a four year program. Students must complete 864 hours of preparation and study during a period of no less than 48 consecutive weeks, or no more than 52 consecutive weeks a year for 4 years. Our program was designed to place a greater emphasis on the skills needed to successfully pass both the California First Year Law Student’s Examination (Baby Bar) and the California Bar Examination.
Our courses challenge students to think critically, to apply the law to real world situations, and to clearly communicate their ideas – all crucial skills for the legal profession.
Internation Pacific University goal is to prepare our students in order to become skilled and competent members of the legal and business professions. Students will develop their abilities to analyze and examine all the facets of a given problem and resolve it creatively. Internation Pacific University is committed to the tradition of pursuing justice and providing community services in a structured, educational environment.
As a correspondence law school Internation Pacific University is dedicated to providing opportunities to citizens of our society, who are willing and eager to acquire the knowledge of the Law and/or have not been able to do so due to social constraints and expensive costs, by providing flexibility and affordability that traditional law schools seldom offer. Internation Pacific University was founded by Dr. Howard Lee, who currently serves as the institution’s President and Registrar. Under Dr. Lee’s supervision,Internation Pacific University offers an affordable online legal curriculum which leads to the Juris Doctor.
Internation Pacific University Advantages
The 21st Century’s On-line Law School
Internation Pacific University was established with the purpose of meeting the educational needs of working adults who cannot attend traditional educational institutions due to factors such as remoteness of location, economic obstacles, and family/job commitments. Our institution recognizes that personal obligations and lack of accessibility creates an obstacle that prevents degree-seeking adults from realizing their goals and ambitions. We respond to this need by providing easy access to a high quality education through distance and online learning platforms. Internation Pacific University’s affordable, quality online program is offered over the internet through a course management system featuring Audio/Video lectures. In order to provide a platform that facilitates collaboration and communication between students and faculty members.
Personalized Tutoring and Discussion
Students will receive personalized attention from a dedicated team of professionals and faculty members who will help students progress through their course work. Our faculty members are always available for students to ask questions or request personal tutoring. Students may also contact their instructors whenever they have questions about courses, materials, and/or homework. Our faculty members encourage students to actively participate and interact with each other as well as with faculty members. Faculty members can provide such personalized guidance and one-on-one mentoring because Internation Pacific University as an institution understands that individual learning styles and needs differ.
Internation Pacific University was established to offer a unique distance learning program in Law, at a reasonable cost compared to other, traditional Law schools. The cost of attending traditional law schools today averages more than $35,000 per year. At Internation Pacific University, we understand that students may work, support family, or otherwise fulfill other outside commitments. Thus, our program is designed to help students deal with such constraints. Internation Pacific University’s tuition rates are at least 25% less than that of other, traditional law schools. Our distance learning format saves students the time, effort, and cost of physically attending lectures on a school campus.
Applicants with a Bachelor’s Degree from a college or university, with a minimum GPA of 2.0 are eligible for admission.
Internation Pacific University welcomes students from around the world who are seeking an American legal education. Applicants who have qualifications from foreign colleges or universities need to submit and evaluation of their academic credentials prepared by either Global Service Associates , Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. or other similar evaluation agencies. Evaluation is intended to ensure that foreign degrees are equivalent to the degrees offered by higher education institutions in the United States.
First Year Law Students Examination
Students enrolled in the J.D. program at Internation Pacific University who successfully complete the first year of law study must pass the First Year Law Students’ Examination required by Business and Professions Code Section 6060(h) and Rule VII of the Rules of Regulating Admission to Practice Law in California as part of the requirements to qualify to take the California Bar Examination. A student who passes the First Year Law School Students Examination’ within three (3) administrations of the examination after first becoming eligible to take it, will receive credit for all legal studies completed to the time the examination is passed. A student who does not pass the examination within three administrations of the examination after first becoming eligible to take it must be promptly disqualified from the school’s J.D. Program. If the dismissed student subsequently passes the examination, that student is eligible for re-enrollment in the school’s J.D. program, but will receive credit for only one year of legal study.
Prospective students are further advised to review the disclosure statement that Internation Pacific University provides in the application process in accordance with Rule 4.241 (Unaccredited Law Schools).
Out of State Practice
Studying at or Graduating from Internation Pacific University may not qualify a student to take the Bar examination in other states, or satisfy the requirements for admission to practice in jurisdictions other than California. A student intending to seek admission to practice law in jurisdictions other than California should contact the admitting authority in that jurisdiction for pertinent information.
Scope of Practice
After graduating from Internation Pacific University, students are fully qualified to sit for the California Bar Examination, in addition to receiving the full rights and privileges in the Federal Court system to practice all areas of law.
A law degree can open the door to a wide variety of careers. Lawyers play an important role in society through the practice of law, which encompasses a multitude of activities. A strong education in law school also provides the ability to pursue employment opportunities outside of the legal profession in areas such as politics, non-profits, insurance, and business. The practice of law takes several forms. The ways in which lawyers apply their expertise can be broadly categorized into the following practice types:
Private Practice: Involves working alone or with partners in a firm to provide legal services to clients, individuals or corporations. Some lawyers specialize in or more areas while others engage in general practice.
Public Interest Law: Services low-income individuals, marginalized groups and social causes. Practitioners work for advocacy groups, legal aid clinics and other organizations with the goal of advancing a public interest.
Government Counsel: Governments hire lawyers for legal advice and representation.
Corporate Counsel: Corporations can employ lawyers as in-house counsel. An in-house counsel works for a single company to advise on legal matters related to its’ business activities.
Practice Areas (Specializations)
The law impacts our lives in numerous ways; naturally, the legal profession covers many fields and allows for a variety of legal careers. There are many types of lawyers – some practice in all areas of the law, while others choose to specialize. Here are some areas of specialization:
Administrative: Branch of public law dealing with the relationship between individuals and the government, regulates the power of governmental administrative agencies and ensures the fair implementation and administration of laws.
Bankruptcy: Focus on helping clients get rid of their debt and to get on with their lives. Both debtors and creditors need representation, and these come in a variety of types, primarily individual or corporate.
Civil Litigation: Involves a lawsuit resulting from a dispute between private parties (individuals or corporations). Civil litigation is concerned with matters such as breach of contract, debt collection, malpractice, and personal injury.
Constitutional: Area of public law dealing with powers of the federal government and the division of powers between the federal and state governments. Constitutional lawyers handle issues such as equality of rights, freedom of expression, security, and democratic governance.
Corporate and Commercial: Deals with the formation and maintenance of business. Corporate and commercial lawyers handle contracts, liability, mergers, structure financings and other business matters.
Criminal: Governs crimes against the public and members of the public (as opposed to civil litigation which deals with private monetary disputes). A criminal lawyer may work for the government as a prosecutor or represent the accuse person as a defense lawyer.
Environmental: Involves legislation and regulations relating to the interaction of humans with the environment. Environmental lawyers deal with matters such as air pollution, wilderness preservation and waste disposal.
Family: Applies to legal relationships between family members. Issues in family law include marriage contracts, divorce, child custody, adoption, wills and estate planning.
Immigration: Federal laws control citizenship and the entry of non-citizens into the country. Immigration lawyers assist clients in applying for entry, residing in the country and becoming citizens.
Intellectual Property: Intellectual Property refers to the ownership rights to certain kinds of creative endeavors. Intellectual Property law protects ownership through copyrights, patents, trademarks and industrial design registrations.
International: Governs the interactions and relationships between nations. International lawyers may be hired by international governmental and international organizations, or work in the private sector focusing on the interpretation of treaties and related laws.
Labor and Employment: Defines the rights and obligations of employers, workers, and union members. Lawyers may advice management, labor or government on issues such as employment standards, workplace health and safety, and industrial relations.
Real Estate: Deals with the purchase, sale, financing and development of land and buildings. Real estate lawyers may work for developers, tenants, investors, banks or corporations on matters relating to residential or commercial real estate.
Securities: Regulates the purchase and sale of securities (financial instruments such as stocks and bonds). Securities lawyers typically work in law firms providing service to corporations and financial institutions or for governmental commissions focusing on regulatory compliance.
Tax: Deals with the taxes levied by different levels of government. Tax lawyers may advise individuals and corporations on tax strategies, implications of business transactions or counsel individuals on matter such as wills and estate planning.
Other Areas: In addition to the practice areas listed above, there are many other fields of specialization in the legal profession (antitrust, entertainment, health, municipal, sports, etc).