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Our Student Body

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.

Law School Survey of Student Engagement

The Law School Survey of Student Engagement (LSSSE) is a national survey administered to tens of thousands of students, almost all of whom attend ABA-accredited schools. Since 2005, Concord has participated in the LSSSE every other year. In 2015 nearly 80 law schools participated and the survey reached 21,849 law students. In the data from 2015, Concord students responded more favorably than the average rating from LSSSE respondents as a whole on a variety of metrics, including some for which one might expect traditional schools to outperform an online school. Responses averaged on a 4-point scale unless otherwise indicated.

The Law School Survey of Student Engagement found that Concord Law School students rated their experiences below more positively compared to the average rating by students at other schools.

Concord Law School students rated their experiences with Concord higher on the following:

  • Prepared them to ask questions in class or contributed to class discussions
  • Contributed to their writing clearly and effectively
  • Contributed to developing legal research skills
  • Encouraged the ethical practice of law
  • Quality of their relationships with faculty members
  • Overall satisfaction with their educational experience
  • If they could start over, they would attend the same law school again
  • Expected to have less educational debt after graduation from attending Concord Law School
  • Satisfaction when it came to academic, career, personal, and financial aid support

Read the full report on Concord students' 2015 LSSSE responses

Concord Alumni

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 use their law degree to enhance a current career, or combine it with their work experience to start a new one. In a 2016 school-wide alumni survey (45.7% response rate), respondents were satisfied with their law school experiences, rating their experience 4.56 on a scale from 1 to 5. When asked about the value of their education, students felt their CLS education was worth the cost, giving the value an average rating of 4.69. Alumni also rated Concord highly with regards to their education expectations, their satisfaction with their program, and how well their educational experiences prepared them for their current job. The study also found that 75% of alumni were employed while in school.

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  • "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 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."

  • "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."

  • "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."

  • "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."

  • "I changed my practice from CPA to law. I still do tax compliance but added estate planning and death administration."

  • "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."

Graduates at Work

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.

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