State-Accredited 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. Concord Law School is accredited by the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California. 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 the California Bar Exam, and you meet other state regulatory requirements, you’ll be ready to apply for admission to the State Bar of California.*
At Concord Law School you will learn from leaders in online education. We are proud of our distinction of being the first online law school to offer a Juris Doctor degree. In 2021, Concord Law School was named to The Princeton Review's list of Best Online JD Programs.†
Program Length 4 Years
Program Effort 25–35 Hours per Week
Credits Required 92
Cost per Credit Hour $540
Concord offers 3 start dates per year. Each term is 16 weeks.‡
- May 4
- Aug 31
How Can I Use My JD Degree in My State?
Concord Law School is accredited by the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California. If you earn your Juris Doctor online 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 North Carolina, Virginia and Wisconsin. 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 bankruptcy, patent law, or federal criminal law), a California law license will enable you to practice in federal court in many states. For certain federal specialty areas, such as immigration and tax 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.
- Introduction to Legal Analysis I and II
- Contracts I and II
- Torts I and II
- Legal Analysis and Writing
- Electronic Legal Research
- Civil Procedure I
- Civil Procedure II
- Advanced Legal Analysis and Writing
- Real Property I and II
- Criminal Law I and II
- Criminal Procedure
- Professional Responsibility
- Corporations and Business Organizations I and II
- Evidence I and II
- Constitutional Law I and II
- Future of Law Practice
Electives: 6 credit hours
- Estates, Wills, and Trusts I and II
- Community Property
- Family Law Practicum
- Capstone I and II
Electives: 6 credit hours
Applying to Concord Law School
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.
Complete the Concord Law School Online Admissions Exam
This exam is mandatory for all applicants, regardless of legal degree track. The format is a 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.
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. 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 (HLCommission.org), an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
The law school is accredited by the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California. Due to its accreditation by the Committee of Bar Examiners, 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.
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
Effective August 1, 2021, VA educational benefits may no longer be used toward Concord Law School's Juris Doctor program, in accordance with applicable VA regulations.
*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. A student who intends to seek admission to practice law in a jurisdiction other than California should contact the admitting authority in that jurisdiction for information regarding its education and admissions requirements.
Refer to Licensure.PurdueGlobal.edu for additional information on licensure and state authorizations.
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.
†The Princeton Review list is unranked. The Princeton Review is neither affiliated with nor endorses Concord Law School at Purdue University Global. Logo from the Princeton Review. ©2021 TPR Education. All rights reserved. Used under license.
‡Concord Law School does not guarantee employment placement or career advancement. Actual outcomes vary by geographic area, previous work experience and opportunities for employment.