Online Juris Doctor Program
Train to Become a Licensed Attorney
Your goal is to become a licensed attorney: to represent clients in court, provide legal counsel, prepare and deliver trial statements, take depositions, negotiate settlements, and perform other traditional attorney functions. The Juris Doctor (JD) degree program focuses on the knowledge and skills necessary for you to become an effective member of the legal profession.
If you choose to take and pass California’s First-Year Law Students' Exam and Bar Exam, and you meet other state regulatory requirements, you’ll be ready to apply for admission to the State Bar of California.*
Program Length 4 Years
Program Effort 25–35 Hours per Week
Credits Required 92
Cost per Credit Hour $519
Concord offers 3 start dates per year. Each term is 24 weeks.
How Can I Use My JD Degree in My State?
If you earn your Juris Doctor online (JD) from Concord Law School and pass the California Bar Exam, you can obtain a license to practice law in California. Graduates possessing a California license may then immediately pursue licensure in the states of Wisconsin and North Carolina. For licensure options in other states, please check each state’s rules.
Your California law license may also offer you other opportunities both inside and outside the state. For example, if you practice law in a field handled by the federal court system (such as patent law, federal tax, or federal criminal law), a California law license will enable you to practice in federal court in many states. For certain federal specialty areas, like immigration and bankruptcy law, you could practice in every state.
In addition, many corporations will hire in-house counsel if the individual has a law license from any state, even if it is not the state where the corporation is located. Moreover, even without a bar license, your online JD degree may make you eligible for a variety of positions within the legal field or in business or various other industries, regardless of the state in which you reside.†
Professional Paths for JD Graduates
- Administrative litigation
- Estates and family law
- Bankruptcy law
- Immigration law
- Education law
- Alternate dispute resolution/mediation
- Financial services
- Business law
- Criminal justice
- Health law
- Human resources
- IT and communications
- Intellectual property, patents, and technology commercialization
- Insurance and risk management
- Government: federal, state, local
- Veterans affairs
Traditional JD Knowledge, Contemporary Learning
Concord’s Juris Doctor degree curriculum is based upon the same foundational knowledge and skills all highly rated law schools use, and is just as rigorous and interactive. In fact, our tech-driven tools provide you with more real-time feedback than the typical law school program offers. Professors typically return graded assignments to you in less time than traditional schools.
The level of support you receive at Concord makes a big difference. With frequent assessments and progress tracking, you and your professors are in a better position to know if you need extra help. Our professors make themselves available by email or phone virtually around the clock to make sure you stay on track academically.
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 a Juris Doctor. These agreements are designed to provide benefits that help graduates save on their tuition.‡
The Juris Doctor curriculum is a 92-credit program with 84 credits in required coursework. The required courses cover all the subjects tested on the California Bar Exam, as well as foundational courses in legal research and writing and professional responsibility.
Elective courses cover a wide variety of subjects and include cybersecurity law, employment discrimination, contract drafting, virtual law practice, immigration law, education law, and a number of courses in health law and intellectual property and patent law.
Concord's online law degree programs also offer features you might not expect from a traditional law school, such as externship opportunities, a competitive moot court program, and a legal incubator to help you launch your own practice after graduation.
- Contracts I and II
- Torts I and II
- Criminal Law I and II
- Introduction to Legal Analysis I and II
- Real Property I and II
- Civil Procedure I and II
- Criminal Procedure
- Legal Analysis and Writing
- Electronic Legal Research
- Advanced Legal Analysis and Writing—Regulatory and Transactional; or Advanced Legal Analysis and Writing—Litigation
- Corporations and Business Organizations I and II
- Evidence I and II
- Constitutional Law I and II
- Professional Responsibility
- Future of Law Practice
Electives: 2 credit hours
- Estates, Wills, and Trusts I and II
- Community Property
- Remedies I and II
- Capstone I and II
- Family Law Practicum
Electives: 6 credit hours
Applying to Concord Law School
Submit the Online Request for Information Form
Once we receive your request, an Admissions Advisor will follow up with you to discuss the degree programs and get all your questions answered.
Complete the Concord 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 or inconvenient travel to an onsite testing center needed.
Submit Your Application Online
Along with your completed application, we’ll need to receive college or university transcripts to consider you for admission. LSAT scores are not required but, if available, we encourage you to include them. Once all materials are received, your application is then presented to the Concord Admissions Committee for consideration. We will notify you promptly about your application decision, since you may be eligible for a partial scholarship based on your LSAT score.
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 also registered as a Distance Learning Law School in the unaccredited category with the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California.
You have these options of collaborating with instructors through this very structured intuitive platform that Concord has put together. You have to go through real curriculum, real professors, work on your assignments thoroughly, and they test you at every level on the curriculum.
Kasey Shah, JD, 2014View Kasey's Story
Concord more than met my expectations. It allowed me to get an affordable, high-quality legal education taught by highly experienced professionals in the legal community.
Zach Watts, JD, 2017Read Zach's Story
My education at Concord was broad and thorough. I learned everything I needed to know. There were classes that helped me focus on administrative law and other things that take place within my industry.
Sherri Andrews, JD, 2012
California State Bar MemberRead Sherri's Story
*Concord Law School is part of Purdue University Global, which is a regionally accredited university. 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 online.
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 Law School cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.