John F. Kennedy University

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John F. Kennedy University
Motto Transforming Lives. Changing the World.
Established 1964
Type Private, non-profit
President Dr. Charles “Mac” Powell [1]
Students 1,400
Location Pleasant Hill, California, US
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Campus Urban
Locations 3 campuses
Affiliations National University System

John F. Kennedy University is a nonprofit, private university located in Pleasant Hill, California, with satellite campuses in San Jose and Berkeley. It was founded in 1964 to focus on providing continuing opportunities for non-traditional higher education. Enrollment is approximately 1,600 (as of fall 2010) with no campus housing. The faculty consists of over 700 adjunct faculty employed in their subject areas in addition to about 60 full-time academics.

JFK University has three colleges – Undergraduate Studies, Graduate and Professional Studies, and Law. The University also has a Continuing Education division and an Institute of Entrepreneurial Leadership.

In April 2009, JFKU became an affiliate of the National University System. JFK University retained its name, identity and accreditation as an independent university.[3]

College of Undergraduate Studies

John F. Kennedy University College of Undergraduate Studies is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. [4] The College of Undergraduate Studies offers bachelor completion programs in Business, Criminal Justice Leadership, Health Sciences, Legal Studies (ABA-approved), Liberal Studies, and Psychology. Students may advance towards their educational goals with help from two programs:

  • Credit by Assessment. Students in the Business Administration, Health Sciences, and Psychology programs can earn credit up to 30 quarter units of undergraduate credit for work-related projects, including corporate training, professional workshops, and volunteer training.
  • Link to Graduate Study. Qualified students in the undergraduate degree programs can take graduate-level units toward a Master’s degree while completing their bachelor's degree. [5]

The College also offers a Paralegal Certificate program, approved by the American Bar Association, and an Advanced Certificate in Entrepreneurship in conjunction with the University's Institute of Entrepreneurial Leadership.

College of Graduate and Professional Studies

The College of Graduate and Professional Studies at JFK University provides an academic environment in which students can earn graduate-level degrees and certificates. The College offers specializations and supervised traineeships, internships, or other types of field studies. The programs offered are:

Master's Degree Programs

Doctoral Degree Programs

Dual Degree Programs

Certificate Programs

(*The Counseling Psychology and Holistic Counseling Psychology programs offer pathways to meet the California educational requirements for a license as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) and/or Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC).)

(**The Clinical Psychology Psy.D program is currently accredited by the American Psychological Association.[6])

College of Law

John F. Kennedy University College of Law
Parent school John F. Kennedy University
Established 1965
School type Private
Dean Dean E. Barbieri
Location Pleasant Hill, California
Enrollment 160
Faculty 4 core faculty
Bar pass rate 42% (11/26) (July 2013 1st time takers)[7]
Website JFKU College of Law
ABA profile non-ABA

John F. Kennedy University College of Law offers both a four-year, part-time program and a three-year, full-time law school program leading to the Juris Doctor. The College is accredited by The Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California.[8]

Accreditation by The Committee of Bar Examiners permits graduates from John F. Kennedy University College of Law to take the California Bar Examination upon graduation and, when the graduate passes and complies with other admission requirements, to practice law anywhere in the state, in both California and federal courts. Study at, or graduation from, the JFK University College of Law may not qualify a student to take the bar examination in other states or satisfy the requirements to practice law in other states. If a student intends to seek admission to practice law in a state other than California, the student should contact the admitting authority in that state for information regarding the legal education requirements for admission to practice law.

Institute of Entrepreneurial Leadership

The Institute of Entrepreneurial Leadership (IEL) is an initiative of John F. Kennedy University designed to stimulate and scale entrepreneurship and job creation both regionally and nationally, one student-entrepreneur and one business at a time. The IEL offers academic courses and certificate programs in conjunction with the University’s Colleges and specialized entrepreneurial classes and seminars. Through the Resident Entrepreneur program, budding entrepreneurs have access to low-cost office space at the IEL’s Business Accelerator in Concord along with a wide range of support and mentoring services. Thus far, over 85 student-led companies located in 12 states have flourished from the IEL, achieving 2013 revenues of approximately $1.1 Billion. With growing corporate sponsorship and increased recognition in the business community, the IEL is poised, as it enters its fourth year of operation, to expand the number of entrepreneurs that it assists.

Service to Community

In keeping with its namesake, John F. Kennedy University is committed to being of service to the local communities. As part of this commitment and in recognition of the fact that deep learning often happens outside the classroom, JFK University offers students the opportunity to gain practical experience through the following clinical and internship opportunities.

  • Three University Counseling Centers in Concord, Oakland, and Sunnyvale provide affordable, confidential to mental health services.
  • JFK University's College of Law offers Law Clinical Opportunities in its Housing Advocacy Clinic and Legal Clinic for Elders that offer free legal services to those at risk of losing their homes and to the elderly.
  • The University's Expressive Art Camps, staffed by students in the MA in Counseling Psychology program, help elementary-aged children build self-confidence and self-expression.
  • The Solt Evans LEAP Project, offered through JFK University's MA in Sport Psychology program, works with disadvantaged youth to teach them life skills through athletics.
  • The Family Resiliency Project under the Counseling Psychology program partners with school districts to provide family counseling to improve children’s behaviors and performance in school, and to strengthen families.


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  8. Law Schools in California Accredited by the Committee of Bar Examiners (CBE) 11/03/2010

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