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FAQs: ADMISSIONS AND APPLICATION PROCESS

What are the admissions requirements?

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.

What if I completed my undergraduate or graduate degree outside the U.S.?

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.

What are the steps to apply to Concord Law School?

There are three steps in our application process, as explained below:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Do I need to take the LSAT?

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.)

FAQs: STATE-SPECIFIC CONSIDERATIONS:

Where can I sit for the Bar?

If you earn your Juris Doctor (JD) degree from Concord Law School and meet all other regulatory requirements, including passing the First Year Law Students’ Exam, you will be eligible to sit for the California Bar Examination. If you pass the exam and meet the State Bar of California’s other admissions requirements, you can be admitted to practice law in California.

Note that JD program graduates do not qualify to take the bar exam or to be admitted to practice law in jurisdictions outside of California without additional experience, education, or petition.

Is California the only state that I can practice in? Will the degree from Concord allow me to sit for the bar in my state?

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 your 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 provide you with any formal advice or assurance regarding the requirements for admission to the practice of law outside of California.

If you’re interested in finding out more about the possibility of sitting for the bar in your state, we recommend you contact that state’s bar admission officials directly. The National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) http://www.ncbex.org/ website includes links to state sites, contact information, and other bar admission information.

Do I have to be a resident of the state in which I take the bar?

Bar eligibility requirements vary by each state. For the state of California, residency is not required.

How can I use the degree in my state?

If you earn your Juris Doctor (JD) degree from Concord Law School and obtain a California license to practice law, there may be a number of opportunities available in other states. For example, if you practice in a field handled by the federal court system (such as bankruptcy or patent law), a California law license will enable you to practice in federal court in most states throughout the country. Or you can check with the circuit and district in your area. In addition, many corporations will hire “in-house” counsel as long as they have a law license from any state, even if it is not the state in which the corporation is located. Moreover, even without a bar license, a JD degree or EJD degree may make you eligible for a variety of positions within the legal field or in business or various industries, regardless of the state in which you reside.

What follows is just a sampling of possible professional paths.

Administrative Litigation, Family Law, and Education

Education Law

Alternate Dispute Resolution/Mediation

Financial Services

Business Law

Government: Federal, State, Local

Criminal Justice

Health Law

Cybersecurity

Insurance and Risk Management

Intellectual Property/Patents/Technology Commercialization

IT and Communications

Please note: if you reside in Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska or Wisconsin, we invite you to explore the many rewarding legal career possibilities available through our Executive Juris Doctor (EJD) program. However, the JD degree track is not available to students residing in these states.

FAQs: TUITION/FEES/FINANCIAL AID/SCHOLARSHIPS

How much is tuition?

You’ll find that Concord Law School tuition rates are considerably lower than private and most public law schools. However, your total cost does vary, based upon the degree path you choose. Our JD program is 4 years in length, requiring more time and classes. Our EJD program is shorter: just 3 years total. See the detailed cost breakdown below:

Annual Tuition


Juris Doctor, $12,456; Executive Juris Doctor, $11,880 ($519 or $495 per credit hour charge for Juris Doctor and Executive Juris Doctor, respectively, for credit hours over 24)

Total Tuition


Juris Doctor Degree (4-year program, 92 credit hours required): $47,748

Executive Juris Doctor Degree (3-year program, 72 credit hours required): $35,640

A $75 nonrefundable application fee is required to be considered for admission.

Are there other fees besides tuition?

In addition to base tuition fees, you will need to pay for textbooks, computer equipment, a personal digital certificate, an online provider to access the curriculum, and certain student services fees. These costs are estimated for you below.

You likely have some of the needed equipment or services already, like a qualifying computer and Internet provider, for example. Check Concord Law School Technical Requirements here.

Textbooks $1,200 per year

(Visit http://bookstore.mbsdirect.net/ to see representative textbook lists.)

Computer equipment $1,000

Technology Fee $295 per term

Online Provider $239 per year

Digital Certificate $20 per year

Microsoft Word or other.doc/.docx-compatible word processing program Market price

Can I apply for Financial Aid? Do you have FAFSA?

Our Financial Aid advisors are glad to assist you with the process of applying for Federal Student Aid. Just call 877.757.8189 and ask to be connected to the Financial Aid Office. Learn more about all your financial aid options, including a variety of federal and private lending programs.

Do you offer scholarships?

Concord is proud to offer scholarship opportunities to further our mission of providing affordable, accessible legal education. A limited number of scholarships are available for first-year students enrolling in the JD program who demonstrate the talent, drive, and academic ability to become successful law school students. Learn more about our scholarships here. In addition, Kaplan University students are eligible for a 20% tuition discount.

FAQs: DEGREE ACCREDITATION, SCHOOL PLATFORM, AND PASS RATES

Are you ABA-approved?

Concord Law School’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 does register schools in this category. Concord Law School is registered with the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California, but is not accredited by them or by the ABA.

Concord’s authority to offer a Juris Doctor degree that qualifies recipients to take the California Bar Examination to be admitted to practice in California is due to its registration as an unaccredited law school with the Committee.

Concord is a part of Kaplan University, which is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. We are proud of our rigorous law curriculum and our designation as the first online law school to be regionally accredited.

Can credits be transferred to or from a traditional law school?

Whether the credits you earn at Concord Law School will transfer to another law school is up to each particular institution. Credits earned at traditional law schools may transfer towards your Concord Law School degree, saving you time and tuition cost. See how this varies by your chosen degree path below. Your Concord Law School Admissions Advisor will be glad to provide more details and guide you through the process.

JD Program

Students who have completed law study at schools located in the U.S. must have their legal study evaluated and certified by the Committee of Bar Examiners prior to Concord's acceptance and application of those credits into the JD program.

EJD Program

Transfer credits are subject to review by the Associate Dean of the Executive JD program.

Is the program completely online?

The Concord Law School program is 100% internet-based with a robust platform that assures you personalized attention at every step. We deliver an academically competitive legal education completely within a distance-learning environment.

You can earn your legal degree from the convenience of your office, home, or anywhere you have a dependable online connection. You’ll attend classes, participate in group discussions, interact with your professors and fellow students, complete assigned coursework, conduct research in our extensive legal library, and take quizzes, essays, and tests virtually. There is no fixed physical campus.

What is your pass rate?

Visit these links to view more information about our pass rates:

First Year Law Students Exam (FYLSE)

California Bar Exam

FAQs: LEGAL DEGREES AND CAREER TRACKS

What is the difference between the JD and the EJD?

The Juris Doctor (JD) program is designed for students who want to practice as an attorney: representing clients in court, providing legal counsel, preparing and delivering trial statements, leading depositions, negotiating settlements, and performing other traditional attorney functions. This degree program prepares you to sit for the California State Bar exam and become a licensed attorney.

The Executive Juris Doctor (EJD) program is designed for professionals who want to add the advanced legal training of a lawyer, but whose career interests lie outside traditional practice. The difference: you won’t have the additional regulatory hurdles of attorney licensure that include passing first year and bar exams, as well as postgraduation continuing education requirements. Because you’re not preparing for the bar, EJD degrees also require less class time and tuition: just 3 years versus the 4-year JD program.

During the first year, foundational courses are the same for both JD and EJD students. During the second and third years, the two degree programs take different paths. The JD student focuses on traditional legal training and bar exam preparation. Students in the EJD program also continue building their advanced legal expertise, but with more freedom to customize their programs to more closely match a chosen industry or career path.

Please note: if you reside in Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska or Wisconsin, we invite you to explore the many rewarding legal career possibilities available through our Executive Juris Doctor (EJD) program. However, the JD degree track is not available to students residing in these states.

Are there differences in prerequisites?

The Juris Doctor Program (JD) requires the following prerequisites:

  • You must have earned your 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) and the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California.
  • You must also meet the statutory requirements for pre-legal education required by California law and State Bar rules.
  • You should have a 3.0 or better cumulative grade point average from your undergraduate work.

The Executive Juris Doctor Program (EJD) carries the same requirement as the JD, with one exception: your undergraduate institution does not need to be recognized by the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California.

How much time is required to complete the degree? How many hours per week?

The Juris Doctor Degree (JD) is a 4-year program, with a total of 92 credit hours required. See more details about the JD program curriculum and how those 92 credit hours are broken down annually.

The Executive Juris Doctor degree (EJD) is a 3-year program, with a total of 72 credit hours required. See more details about the EJD program curriculum and how those 72 credit hours are broken down annually.

How many hours you can expect to spend per week depends upon the type of degree you seek. JD students can expect to invest at least 25 hours per week, on average. EJD student hours can vary, given the more flexible nature of the program.

What can you do with an EJD degree?

An EJD degree is ideal for professionals who want to add the knowledge and skills of a lawyer, but whose career interests are outside traditional law practice. As an EJD graduate, you will have the legal knowledge to advocate more effectively on behalf of children, patients, or families; help people resolve disputes; review contracts; shape corporate policy; or communicate more confidently and knowledgeably with attorneys and legal teams.

Business executives, physicians, nurses, law enforcement officers, financial consultants, entrepreneurs, and technology leaders are just a few of many professionals who can benefit from advanced legal knowledge, but may not necessarily want to invest the time and money to obtain bar licensure. As a graduate with this degree, you are qualified to function in any law-related position that does not require a Juris Doctor or bar admission. See more details about our EJD program here.

For comprehensive consumer and gainful employment information, visit www.concordlawschool.edu/Accreditation.aspx.
Concord Law School cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.
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.