Executive Juris Doctor (EJD) Program

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Enhance Your Career by Developing Legal Expertise

Do you want to develop the knowledge and skills of a lawyer without becoming one? Concord Law School’s Executive Juris Doctor (EJD) is a professional law degree program designed to help you build a solid legal background you can call upon within your current profession or in a new one.*

Unlike more traditional law degrees, we created the EJD program for those interested in gaining legal skills for careers other than law, and for those who have no intention of becoming a practicing attorney. Earning a doctorate-level degree in law online prepares you to grasp legal and regulatory issues, review contracts, shape corporate policy, and communicate effectively with attorneys. You can also aim your studies at gaining industry-specific legal knowledge with one of our four specialized tracks.

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    Program Length 3 Years
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    Program Effort 25–35 Hours per Week
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    Credits Required 72
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    Cost per Credit Hour $495
Upcoming Start Dates

Concord offers 3 start dates per year. Each term is 16 weeks.

  • Sep 24
  • Jan 7

What Can I Do With an Executive Juris Doctor?

With an EJD degree from Concord Law School, you’ll be qualified to identify and address key legal issues, which can be particularly helpful if you own a business, work in a highly regulated industry, or work in (or often deal with) a corporate legal department. You can also use your advanced legal training in one of the many law-related areas that don’t actually require a bar license, including mediation, nongovernmental organizations, higher education, or human resources, to name a few.§

Although you won’t be a practicing lawyer litigating in court, opportunities exist to serve as an advocate in a variety of administrative dispute resolution forums. These may include immigration courts; hearings on veterans benefits, social security disability income, and Medicare claims appeals; workers compensation boards (in select states); and federal labor dispute proceedings.

Potential Industries for EJD Graduates

  • Alternative dispute resolution
  • Banking and finance
  • Cybersecurity and technology
  • Education
  • Government
  • Health care
  • Human resources
  • Insurance
  • Law enforcement
  • Risk management

Legal Training With a Specialized Focus

Our EJD curriculum not only provides the advanced legal training you seek, it offers you an innovative program with several distinct advantages over traditional law schools. You will have the opportunity to choose one of four curriculum tracks, including education law, law and technology, business law, or health law; or to select electives applicable to your area of interest.

Our online platform enables more continuous feedback than is typical in law school. You can set the best learning pace for your individual needs and monitor your progress. You can also make adjustments or get extra help from your professors early on, helping you stay on track academically.

Single-Course Offerings
If you aren’t yet ready to commit to a full degree program, or just want to take one or a few courses applicable to your role or industry, we offer single courses on a nondegree seeking basis. Choose from courses in business, education, health, human resources, technology, and more. Individual courses can be applied toward your EJD program should you choose to enroll at Concord later on.

Ways to Save on Your Executive Juris Doctor

Fast-Track Your EJD With Master’s Degree Credits
Did you earn a master’s in legal studies, criminal justice, public administration, or business administration at Purdue Global? Apply some of your courses toward an online Executive Juris Doctor at Concord Law School. You could save up to $14,250 in Concord tuition and graduate a year sooner.#

Speak to one of our Advisors for more information.

Articulation Agreements
Through our academic alliances, you can transfer credits to advance your career goals and legal knowledge. Concord Law School is committed to establishing educational partnerships and articulation agreements with other academic institutions to help their graduates make a smooth transition to earning an EJD degree. These agreements are designed to save graduates time and money by maximizing the number of transfer credits accepted.**

Required Courses

The goal of the EJD program is to:

  • Give you a solid background in core areas of the law
  • Provide you with the latitude to shape your legal education to reflect your career objectives and interests.

In keeping with this goal, your first year will be spent mastering the foundational courses of Contracts, Torts, and Introduction to Legal Analysis.

Specialized Career Tracks

During the second and third years, you have the flexibility to choose from a wider selection of course offerings and/or focus your program via a series of specialized industry tracks, as shown in the Curriculum section.

Curriculum

Applying to Concord Law School

Step 1:

Apply Online

You can apply and sign your enrollment agreement online. Once we receive your online application, an Admissions Advisor will reach out to walk you through the next steps and you will receive a copy of your completed enrollment agreement. You can contact an Admissions Advisor with questions at any point in the process.

Step 2:

Complete the Concord Law School Online Admissions Exam

This exam is mandatory for all applicants, regardless of legal degree track. The format is a mini-LSAT multiple-choice exam that tests reading comprehension and logical analysis, not legal knowledge. The exam can be taken from your home, office, or any location with a reliable internet connection. There’s no costly testing fee. A short no-cost online preparatory course is available to help you do your best on the exam.

Step 3:

Submit Required Documents

Along with your completed online application, you must submit college or university transcripts in order to be considered for admission. LSAT scores are not required; however, if available, we encourage you to include them, as your score may make you eligible for a partial scholarship. Once all materials are received, your application is then presented to the Concord Admissions Committee for consideration. You’ll receive notification about your application promptly.

Accreditation

Concord Law School is part of Purdue University Global, which is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. This accreditation covers all academic programs, all regional locations, and all programs provided via distance education. For more information, please visit the HLC website at HLCommission.org or call 800-621-7440.

The law school is accredited by the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California. Due to its accreditation by the Committee, Concord has the authority to offer a Juris Doctor degree that qualifies recipients to take the California Bar Examination and obtain admission to the practice of law in California.

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Alumni Stories

Having my law degree helps me with credibility among lawyers who are typically the people that hire mediators.

Althea Halchuck, EJD, 2012

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Going to a brick-and-mortar law school was not possible… Concord was. That is the beauty of the school. It gave me the opportunity to actually do this.

Chris Wojtowicz, EJD, 2017

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I choose Concord because of its flexibility. When I enrolled I was raising two children who were in high school in addition to my full-time job. I was amazed by how well it all worked and was put together—the curriculum and the online experience.

Kelly Martin, EJD, 2017

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  Notes and Conditions - Please Read

*Except as provided in rule 4.30 of the Admissions Rules (Legal education in a foreign state or country), 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 satisfy the requirements for admission to practice law in California. It may not qualify a student to take the bar examination or to satisfy requirements for admission to the practice of law in any other jurisdiction. A student intending to seek admission to practice law should contact the admitting authority in the jurisdictions where the student intends to qualify to sit for the bar examination or to be admitted to practice for information regarding their legal education requirements..

†Program effort assumes a full course load. EJD students have some flexibility in their credit load per term.

‡The September 24, 2020, term will be 24 weeks; all following terms will be 16 weeks.

§Concord Law School cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.

#Purdue Global alumni are eligible for a 20% tuition reduction on Concord programs. Tuition savings calculated as 36 credit hours x reduced per credit tuition rate of $396 = $14,256. Maximum credits applied are: MBA (36 credits); MSLS (27 credits); MSCJ (24 credits); MPA (21 credits). Savings will vary based on the courses completed in the student’s master’s degree program. Credits apply toward open elective and/or specialty electives in the EJD program. View a list of courses eligible for transfer.

Time savings based on a student who applies 36 credit hours toward the 3-year EJD program; remaining 36 credits can be completed in 2 years of study.

**See the University Catalog for the Prior Learning Assessment policy.