Independent study students may start their program any month throughout the year.
In the Juris Doctor-Executive TrackSM Independent Study Program, all students are provided with the current academic year’s course syllabi containing expected student learning outcomes, required materials, lesson assignments and examination procedures.
Although students are provided with recommended weekly lesson assignments, the timing of the completion of these assignment within the 48- to 52-week academic year generally lies with the student. This format allows maximum flexibility in allocating time between a student’s academic, professional, and personal life.
While independent study courses have detailed course syllabi and clearly defined student learning outcomes, students do not have required weekly assignments or required weekly interaction with faculty.
Next Start Date: September 13, 2021
Each academic year consists of 44 or 45 weekly lesson assignments plus a three- or four-week review period. At least one final examination must be completed after the last day of the 48th week and all final exams must be completed by the last day of the 52nd week. The majority of these assignments contain research/writing projects or quizzes which are submitted electronically and evaluated by faculty. Students also benefit from examinations throughout the academic year.
In this program, our faculty believe that regular and substantive interaction with students is an important element of the learning experience. Therefore, through electronic message boards, email or by telephonic means, faculty is regularly available throughout the weeks of instruction.
The telecommunications learning modality allows students to electronically submit the required weekly assignments and interact directly with each other and the faculty through asynchronous online discussions.
Although students are not required to login at any specific time of day, weekly attendance and participation is monitored and required to maintain satisfactory academic progress and enrollment.
To graduate from the Juris Doctor-Executive TrackSM program, a student must complete the curriculum described here (a minimum of 75 units) with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.00.
The requirements may be completed in as little as three years and must be completed within seven years from the date of initial enrollment.
*Not all elective courses are offered in every year. Refer to the Academic Calendar for course schedules.
Introduction to Law
Directed Legal Studies
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Health Care Law
Uniform Commercial Code
Wills & Trusts
Total Semester Units Required for Graduation: 75
Consistent with the University’s stated mission of providing educational opportunities to individuals who are mature adults, employed on a full-time basis, or for whom place of residence or travel requirements are constraining factors, the University has instituted four classifications of applicants. All admission decisions are made without regards to sex, race, color, ancestry, religious creed, national origin, disability, medical condition, age, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or veteran status.
Our accrediting body, the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) has determined that applicants who have earned a Bachelor’s degree or higher from a college or university accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education generally qualify as regular applicants.
Individuals who do not qualify as a regular applicant may apply as a special applicant. Special applicants are those who do not have a Bachelor’s degree but who have completed at least one-half of the work required for a Bachelor’s degree at an approved college or university.
The University has not developed any pre-established criteria for special admissions. In the admission of special applicants, the major consideration is whether the applicant has the ability to succeed in the program and if the applicant will benefit from the program. All applicants that do not hold at least a Bachelor’s degree must be interviewed by a faculty member and provide supplemental application information.
Applicants whose native language is not English and who have not earned a degree from an appropriately accredited institution where English is the principal language of instruction must receive a minimum score of 530 on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or 71 on the iBT, or its equivalent. For more information on TOEFL visit their website.
Applicants with degrees earned at institutions located outside the United States must have their academic transcripts evaluated and certified by a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc. (NACES) member organization.
Taft University welcomes applications from students seeking to transfer from other law schools. Applicants seeking advanced standing should submit a transcript of all previous law study along with their Application for Admission form.
All prospective transfer students are individually evaluated for purposes of awarding transfer credit. Among the factors considered in such an evaluation are the grades of the applicant in law courses completed, the law school where the courses were completed, and the period of time since the courses were completed.
The acceptance of transfer credits between academic institutions lies within the discretion of the receiving college or university. Therefore, the University may or may not accept any course or degree completed at another educational institution and any other educational institution may or may not accept courses completed at the University.
The tuition for the Program is $365.00 per unit. Tuition rates are “locked” for thirty-six months at the time of matriculation. An enrolled student will be protected from future tuition increases during this period of time. Additional information on financial aid and tuition financing is set forth in the General Catalog and on the University’s website.
The cost of books and materials, other than each course syllabus, is not included in the tuition. On average, the cost of books and materials will be $6,800 over the course of the program. That average includes books at their full list price and sources often offer discounts. A full list of required materials for all courses can be found on the Course Materials page of our website.
California residents can find more information about the California Tuition Recovery Fund here.
*All fees are non-refundable.
Transfer Credit Evaluation Fee
Registration and Orientation Fee
Enrollment Commitment Fee
(Two Provided at No Cost)
Late Payment Fee
(Declined Credit Card/ACH) (Per Item)
Student Tuition Recovery Fund *
(California Residents Only)
To apply for admission to the Program, an applicant must first complete William Howard Taft University’s Application for Admission form on our website. For regular applicants there is no application fee.
If the applicant is accepted for admission to the program, an enrollment commitment form will be prepared and sent to the applicant. At the time the commitment material and the $100.00 commitment fee are received by the Admissions Office, a formal enrollment agreement will be prepared and sent to the applicant for review and signature. All payments submitted for tuition and fees must be payable in U.S. dollars. Payments may be made by major credit cards (MasterCard®/Visa®/American Express®/Discover®).
This is an orientation course to help prepare the lay person for the study of law. As the first law school course, it provides the new student with an understanding of principles of law and of case analysis.
This course analyzes the law relating to formation of contracts, the statute of frauds, third-party beneficiary contracts, assignment of rights and delegation of duties, liability for breach of contract including the law of conditions and discharge.
This course examines laws relating to civil liability for intentional wrongs to person and property, negligence, strict liability, misrepresentation, defamation, and other civil wrongs.
This course probes laws relating to various criminal offenses, including crimes against the person and habitation, larceny and kindred offenses, attempt and conspiracy rules, the defenses to criminal charges, and the procedural rights of the accused.
This course explains how to write in a “Lawyerlike” manner and you will develop legal research skills. The student is guided through the process of how to write memoranda, letters, briefs, and answers to law exams.
This course examines the laws governing the creation, termination, and legal consequences of agency relationships, partnerships, and business corporations; advantages and disadvantages of various forms of business enterprises.
This course dissects the federal rules relating to jurisdiction and venue; sufficiency of the complaint, answers, counterclaims, and cross complaints, joinder of parties and causes of action, and motions before, during and after trial.
This course explores the scope of federal powers, separation of powers, the federal system, the Bill of Rights, due process, equal protection, and eminent domain.
This course reviews laws relating to the various types of real property interests including freehold, non-freehold estates and future interests, landlord-tenant relationships, conveyancing, and the use of land.
This course explores laws relating to equitable remedies, including injunction and specific performance and defenses; protection against certain types of tort liability including waste, nuisance, unfair competition, and the law of rescission and reformation.
This course consists of an independent research project written under the supervision of a law school faculty member. Subjects may vary dependent on the nature and interest of the student and requires the approval of the Dean.
This course is an examination of the law relating to governmental agencies, with emphasis on federal regulation. The course deals with issues such as the due process right to a hearing, adjudication, rule-making, freedom of information, secret lobbying, control of discretion, judicial review and regulatory reform.
This course focuses on the options that parties may have to settle a dispute without going to trial. Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) has become a mandatory step in many judicial districts before a matter may proceed to trial. In particular, the course examines the processes of Negotiation, Mediation, and Arbitration.
This course reviews the classification of separate and community property, liability for debts, management and control of the community, and problems arising from the dissolution of the community or death of a spouse.
This course studies criminal procedure in general, with substantial emphasis on recent Supreme Court decisions affecting the procedural rights of the accused. Criminal trial practice and techniques are also covered.
This course provides the student with the necessary background on a wide variety of health care topics, enabling professionals to deal with the common legal and practical problems facing the health care industry.
The protection of intellectual property and encouragement of creativity. Explores copyright, trademarks, trade secrets, patents, unfair competition, and selected state law theories. It provides students with a general working knowledge of the various intellectual property doctrines.
This course examines the historical foundation for labor laws and the creation of the labor movement while focusing on the workplace of today. The laws and regulations that govern the employment relationships, particularly those related to wages, hours, benefits, and conditions are focused upon. The distinctions between public and private employers are also reviewed.
This course reviews the broad spectrum of issues related to the world of sports. The course will examine such diverse issues as the power of the sports commissioner, labor negotiations, the role of the sports agent, professionalism vs. amateurism, injuries, and gender equity.
This course covers the interpretation and application of the Uniform Commercial Code: the law relating to contract formation, enforcement, and breach when there is a transaction in goods, including buyers and sellers remedies as well as the law of warranty.
This course analyzes the law relating to the creation of wills and trusts, creation of the trust relationship, charitable trusts, resulting and constructive trusts, the powers and duties of the trustee, alteration and termination of the trust, probate of wills and administration of estates.