Concord attracts highly motivated students. For some, law school has been a lifelong goal that was put on hold due to work or family obligations. Others see that a legal education has become essential in their current employment or will contribute to their future success. Students with less work experience see Concord as the vehicle to a new career, while those with substantial résumés plan for a second-or third-career in a rewarding new direction. The diversity of demographics and professions adds vibrancy to the classroom and to the learning experience at Concord. What unites the student population is a commitment to their legal education and to the community as a whole.
of our students reside outside the United States
of our graduates earned a graduate degree in another discipline prior to beginning their legal education.
Number of states represented by Concord students
had previously earned degrees, including 4 PhDs, 15 MBAs, and many MEds and MPMs.
of our students are over 40 years old.
Ratio of male to female students
Since 2005, Concord has participated in LSSSE every other year. In 2013 nearly 100 law schools participated and the survey reached 28,000 law students. LSSSE asks about study habits and interactions with colleagues, professors, and law school staff as well as the work they do as a law student. Concord students on the whole have been more engaged in their coursework than their peers at other law schools. They ask questions in class with the same frequency as other students surveyed—all of whom are from campus-based programs—and report receiving prompt feedback on their academic performance more often than peers at other schools. When asked about how much time they spend reading and preparing for class weekly, Concord students' responses were: 1L—34.91 hours; 2L—32.77 hours; 3L—32.52 hours; 4L—30.54 hours. In the first year, students at all schools spent similar time reading and preparing for class. However, in subsequent years, students at other schools invested considerably less time in their studies.
Read the full report on Concord students' 2013 LSSSE responses here.
Just as students enter Concord with a variety of goals for their legal education, they leave as graduates to pursue a wide range of career paths. Some practice law. Others sought a law degree to enhance a current career or to combine it with their work experience to start a new one. In a 2012 school-wide alumni survey (39 percent response rate), 54 percent of respondents indicated they were not in the same job as when they started their coursework at Concord. When asked how their law degree had led to career advancement, 18 percent had received a promotion, 31 percent a pay increase, 19 percent had changed organizations for a better opportunity, 22 percent changed careers, 32 percent now had increased responsibility, and 32 percent cited no career change.
Interested in learning more from the Concord 2012 Alumni Survey? Read the overall report here.
"I am well prepared to handle the challenges of excessive regulation and have in fact defended the firm successfully on several occasions. I cannot imagine trying to deal with the current federal government, without this education."
"I changed my practice from CPA to law. I still do tax compliance but added estate planning and death administration."
"I would not have been considered for my first post–law school position without the law degree. Contracts management at is either lawyers, or people with many years of experience in contract management. That position launched me to a greater position at the next company, and a lateral move when the recession hit."
"I cannot overstate the value of my legal education at Concord. It helped me tremendously by helping me get promoted, doubled my salary, and always is a showstopper on my resume for my clients in the government consulting industry."
"Being admitted to the bar provides a substantial level of credibility over being a patent agent. Provided the credentials and background to address a wider variety of matters which has led to opportunities at my current employer."
"My work product relates strongly to the law or some form of legal review. Having the Concord Law School degree has increased my credibility and ability to serve my clients better. The degree has opened new doors to new types of projects that have increased my business clientele and the bottom line."
"Without the analytical and legal skills I attained after enrolling in Concord, I would never have achieved the same rapid promotional course that I have taken since that time. Not only have I gained a much higher level of respect and self-confidence, but I have become a much more valuable asset to my organization. This has led to both increased responsibility and compensation."
Our graduates practice law as solos and in small firms. In addition to general practices, they specialize in areas such as real estate, bankruptcy, immigration, and patent law. They also work in corporations as lawyers or in areas such as contract and risk management where their legal education gives them an advantage. Beyond business, you will find Concord alumni employed in a wide variety of arenas including healthcare, education, the non-profit sector and many regulated industries. Often graduates who continue in their established careers also find time to contribute to their communities and local organizations through pro bono and other volunteer work. To see the range of positions and employment of Concord graduates, go to LinkedIn.com and search for Concord Law School.