The rigorous academic program at the College of Law is designed to provide grounding in legal theory, lawyer skills, and ethics – areas critical to the modern practice of law. Successful completion of the J.D. degree at the University of La Verne College of Law requires completion of a total of 88 units. In order to provide a complete and comprehensive legal education, the College of Law has structured the curriculum so that the general legal education is related to the actual practice of law. Legal research and the writing of legal memoranda are expected in several courses. Required courses and many regularly offered electives stress the practical application of legal rules. In addition, the Lawyering Skills Practicum and clinical externship programs provide opportunities to counsel clients and effectively represent varied legal positions. As a result, J.D. recipients from the College of Law enter the legal profession not only with a solid comprehension of the law but also with a strong understanding of professional expectations and rules of conduct in the practice of law.