FAQs: ADMISSIONS AND APPLICATION PROCESS
To be accepted at Concord Law School at Kaplan University, you must satisfy all three steps in our application process, as well as meet the minimum academic standards outlined below.
Juris Doctor Program: Specific Qualifications
Applicants who earned their bachelor's degree from an institution accredited by an accrediting organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (such as the Distance Education Accrediting Commission) will be considered for admission to Concord's law programs. Students’ undergraduate institution must be recognized by the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California as well. In addition to Concord's admissions requirements, all applicants must also meet the statutory requirements for pre-legal education required by California law and State Bar rules. In general, students should have a 3.0 or better cumulative grade point average from their undergraduate work.
Executive Juris Doctor Program
All requirements described above for our JD program also apply to the EJD program, with one exception. Your undergraduate institution does not need to be recognized by the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California.
As part of the admissions process, your study must be evaluated by a credential evaluation service approved by the Committee of Bar Examiners and you must demonstrate English proficiency. Such proficiency may be demonstrated by having earned a TOEFL score of 550/213/80 or higher or completion of at least 2 years of college-level study within the United States. All courses offered are conducted in English. You must be able to speak, read, and write English fluently. English abilities will be determined through the School's interview and application process.
A significant advantage of attending Concord Law School is the added scheduling flexibility. There are several starts per year, so students do not have to wait for the traditional once per year cycle.
There are three steps in our application process, as explained below:
- Submit your online Request Information Form. Once we receive your request, an Admissions Advisor will follow up with you to conduct your interview by phone. You’ll have a chance to discuss the Concord Law School degree programs and get your questions answered. Or you can contact an Admissions Advisor by calling 877.757.8189.
- Complete the Concord Online Admissions Test. After your interview, your advisor will send you the password to access your exam. This test—which is somewhat similar to the LSAT but considerably shorter—is mandatory for all applicants, regardless of legal degree track. It is required even if you have already taken the LSAT. It can be completed from your home, office, or any location with a reliable Internet connection. No travel or onsite testing is needed.
- Submit your completed application online. We’ll also need college and university transcripts. LSAT scores are not needed to apply, but if you have taken the LSAT, we encourage you to include your scores.
Committee Review. Once we receive your completed admissions test, application, application fee, and transcripts, we review all submitted materials to confirm that you meet admission qualifications. Your application is then presented to the Concord Admissions Committee for consideration. Because Concord Law School operates on a "rolling admissions" process (up to three first-year starts per year), the Committee meets regularly. You’ll receive notification about your application shortly after review.
No: the LSAT test is not required. You will be required to complete the Concord Online Admissions test. This is mandatory for all applicants, regardless of legal degree track. The format is a combination of a true/false section evaluating your reading comprehension skills and a mini LSAT-style exam. The exam can be taken conveniently from your home, office, or any location with a reliable Internet connection. There’s no costly testing fee or inconvenient travel to an onsite testing center needed. (If you already have LSAT test scores, you are encouraged to include them with your completed application.)