Accredited Online Law School - Is Concord Law School Accredited

THE FIRST ONLINE LAW SCHOOL ACCREDITED BY THE HIGHER LEARNING COMMISSION

Concord Law School is part of Kaplan University, an accredited institution.* The law school is also registered as a Distance Learning Law School in the unaccredited category with the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California.

We’re very proud of the rigorous legal education program we pioneered and continue to develop. Our program is distinctive in several ways:

  • Employing multiple methods of delivering course material to students.
  • Supporting students with proactive services and personalized guidance throughout the program.
  • Delivering an academically competitive legal education completely within a distance-learning environment.

State Bar of California Registration: Distance Learning

Concord Law School is part of Kaplan University, which is regionally accredited. Concord Law School is registered as a Distance Learning Law School with the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California. Registration with the Committee permits Concord JD graduates, who meet the regulatory requirements, to apply for admission to the State Bar of California. Study at, or graduation from, Concord does not qualify graduates to take the bar examination or satisfy the requirements for admission to practice law in jurisdictions other than California upon graduation. A student seeking admission to practice law in a jurisdiction other than California may need additional experience/education to qualify for that state's bar. Students should contact the admitting authority in that jurisdiction for information regarding the legal education requirement for admission to the practice of law prior to enrollment at Concord.

Concord is not on the list of schools approved by the American Bar Association. The ABA Standards for the Approval of Law Schools currently do not allow for JD programs that are delivered fully or substantially online.

Bar Admission

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.

The method of instruction at this law school for the Juris Doctor (JD) degree program is principally by technological means, including interactive classes.

Students enrolled in the JD degree program at this law school who successfully complete the first year of law study must pass the First-Year Law Students’ Examination required by Business and Professions Code § 6060(h) and Rule VIII of the Rules Regulating Admission to Practice Law in California as part of the requirements to qualify to take the California Bar Examination. A student who passes the First-Year Law Students’ Examination within three (3) administrations of the examination after first becoming eligible to take it will receive credit for all legal studies completed to the time the examination is passed. A student who does not pass the examination within three (3) administrations of the examination after first becoming eligible to take it must be promptly disqualified from the law school’s JD degree program. If the dismissed student subsequently passes the examination, the student is eligible for re-enrollment in this law school’s JD degree program, but will receive credit for only 1 year of legal study.

Study at, or graduation from, Concord does not qualify graduates to take the bar examination or satisfy the requirements for admission to practice law in jurisdictions other than California upon graduation. Completion of a professional law degree program at this law school other than for the Juris Doctor degree does not qualify a student to take the California Bar Examination or to satisfy the requirements for admission to practice law in California. It does not qualify graduates to take the bar examination or satisfy the requirements for admission to the practice of law in any other jurisdiction. A student seeking admission to practice law in a jurisdiction other than California may need additional experience/education to qualify for that state's bar. Students should contact the admitting authority in that jurisdiction for information regarding the legal education requirement for admission to the practice of law prior to enrollment at Concord.

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