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Thomas Jefferson School of Law: Unveiling of new downtown campus begins

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Thomas Jefferson School of Law will welcome its spring 2011 entering class in January with the opening of a brand new, “green” and technology-focused campus in downtown San Diego’s revitalized East Village, also home to the Padres’ Petco Park, the city’s future new central library and possibly a new Chargers’ stadium.

You now can take a sneak peek at the predominantly glass exterior of the eight-story law school, located at Island and 11th Ave., just one block north of the new library site, as the removal of the construction scaffolding and netting over the next month unveils the striking 177,000-square-foot structure. The building’s chevron-shaped roof is already a distinctive landmark on the San Diego skyline, especially when viewed from the Coronado Bridge or a plane preparing to land at San Diego International Airport.

It’s a world-class facility befitting the world-class faculty that Thomas Jefferson School of Law has attracted. The 43 full-time members of the Thomas Jefferson faculty, such as 2010 Top Attorney in Academics Finalist Eric Mitnick, are remarkable scholars, collectively having produced more than 500 scholarly articles and books. In a three-year period beginning in 2006, the faculty published a dozen books and 156 law review articles.

This extraordinary level of productivity was externally confirmed in an early 2010 ranking of U.S. Law Schools by the Social Science Research Network. Among the law schools based in California, Thomas Jefferson’s ranking surpassed that of many longer established but less productive law faculties. One Thomas Jefferson professor recently hit 865 citations to his works. Another professor’s work was cited five times by the U.S. Supreme Court in its very recent McDonald v. Chicago ruling.

Our professors also bring years of valuable professional experience to the classroom. They have structured business transactions at both the international and domestic levels, and litigated before the World Court at The Hague, the U.S. Supreme Court, and federal and state trial and appellate courts. Their clients have ranged from the largest multinational corporations to the neediest members of our society. What makes our faculty truly special, however, is their commitment to our students. They are dedicated teachers who pride themselves on being accessible and supportive.

It is largely due to the caliber of our faculty that Thomas Jefferson School of Law has evolved into a private, nonprofit institution that has distinguished itself as an innovative, cutting-edge law school, devoted to the individual needs and success of the student. We are a nationally recognized law school with 6,000 graduates across the United States and around the world. We serve the needs of working professionals with a flexible part-time program, offering day and evening classes in addition to our full-time program for traditional students. We also offer three LL.M. programs, including one that is exclusively online for the convenience of working professionals, as well as a combined J.D./M.B.A. with San Diego State University.

You can follow the progress of the law school and our new campus at tjsl.edu.

Submitted by Lori Wulfemeyer for Thomas Jefferson School of Law

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