Kaplan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC)* and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). The formal merger of Concord Law School into Kaplan University in the fall of 2007 made Concord the first online law school to be part of a regionally accredited institution of higher education.
Concord Law School is separately and specifically accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC),** a nationally recognized accrediting agency with authority from the U.S. Department of Education to accredit first professional degrees in law.
*HLC, Tel.: 312.263.0456 Website: www.ncahlc.org**DETC, 1601 18th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009, Tel.: 202.234.5100 Website: www.detc.org
Concord is registered as a Distance Learning Law School in the unaccredited category with the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California. Concord's method of delivering instruction—via the Internet
without a fixed classroom facility—places it in the Distance Learning
Law School category under the State Bar rules. While the State Bar of California and the American Bar Association (ABA) do not accredit distance learning schools, the Committee registers schools in this category. Concord Law School is registered as such. Its Juris Doctor (JD) program is designed to meet the legal education requirements of the Committee and JD graduates, who meet
the regulatory requirements, are eligible to apply for admission to the State Bar of
California. Concord operates under the rules and guidelines established by the Committee. Those rules and guidelines require certain disclosures to prospective students and students, which Concord supports. Study at, or graduation from, Concord may not qualify a student to take the bar examination or satisfy the requirements for admission to practice law in jurisdictions other than California. A student seeking admission to practice law in a jurisdiction other than California should contact the admitting authority in that jurisdiction for information regarding the legal education requirement for admission to the practice of law.
Concord is proud of the legal education program that it pioneered and continues to develop. Our program is distinctive because of the ways in which it employs multiple methods of delivering course material to students, because of our proactive approach in dealing with students enrolled in the program, and because the program is delivered completely in a distance learning environment. A person who earns a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from Concord Law School and meets the other regulatory requirements, including passing the First Year Law Students’ Exam, is eligible to sit for the California Bar Examination. If that person passes the exam and meets the State Bar of California’s other admissions requirements, he or she can be admitted to practice law in California. Concord does not have formal recognition or approval in any state other than California. Bar admission is a state-by-state matter. Admission to the State Bar of California may provide a basis for an application to sit for the bar exam in other states—either immediately after admission or after a specified period of active law practice. Concord, however, cannot give any formal advice or assurance regarding the requirements for admission to the practice of law outside of California. Persons interested in such information should contact the bar admission officials in the particular state. The National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) www.ncbex.org website includes links to state sites, contact information, and other bar admission information.
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