Dennis Shogren grew up in and around Eugene Oregon. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Accounting and an MBA in Finance and became a Certified Public Accountant. He moved around the United States in various senior corporate finance roles before settling down in California in 1997.
He became CEO of a modular building manufacturer in 2006. The recession soon hit and Dennis decided to make a career change, opening up his own accountancy practice focusing on trust and probate work.
An attorney friend called on Dennis to serve as an expert witness. “I got a taste of the courtroom environment and going to law school would be a really good way to get a practical education to go with my accounting skills,” says Dennis.
He decided to enroll in Concord Law School’s Executive Juris Doctoral program because it worked with his hectic schedule. “When you work for yourself, you work all the time.”
Dennis has some advice for others considering going to an online law school like Concord. It is like any big decision so think before you enroll.
“Don’t underestimate how much work it is. It is not easy because it is online. It is doable. It works. The flexibility is amazing. I had a blast.”
Dennis earned his EJD in 2014. “My legal education comes in very handy. It’s been really good for me to have when I do work for attorneys. They actually like the idea that I can understand their language. I know about procedure and I am comfortable in their world.”
According to Dennis, the faculty and staff at Concord are “top of the line. There is no question when you get done with a Concord law degree you’ve got a great education.”