Student Satisfaction at Concord Law School
Concord attracts highly motivated students. For some, law school has been a lifelong goal that was put on hold due to work or family obligations. Others find that a legal education has become essential in their current employment or will contribute to their future success. Students with less work experience see Concord as the vehicle to a new career, while those with substantial résumés plan for a second—or third—career in a rewarding new direction.
The diversity of demographics and professions adds vibrancy to the classroom and to the learning experience at Concord. What unites the student population is a commitment to their legal education and to the community as a whole.
Law School Survey Results
We strive to deliver a positive educational experience for our students. We measure the success of our efforts through feedback provided by students and alumni.
Recently, we participated in the national Law School Survey of Student Engagement (LSSSE) and a university alumni survey. We found that our students are satisfied with Concord and rate their experiences with Concord higher than the average of students at traditional law schools on a variety of metrics, including some for which one might expect traditional schools to outperform an online school.
Note: All ratings below are on a 4-point scale.
Concord students rated their experience more favorably in receiving prompt feedback (written or oral) from faculty on their academic performance (3.13 vs. 2.53).
Concord alumni rated their satisfaction with their educational experience as good (3.25). When compared to responses from students at other law schools, Concord's ratings were higher than average for overall satisfaction with the following:
- Academic advising and planning (3.14 vs. 2.87)
- Career counseling (2.93 vs. 2.85)
- Personal counseling (2.91 vs. 2.79)
- Job search help (3.01 vs. 2.77)
- Financial aid advising (3.03 vs. 2.75)
- Technology (3.13 vs. 3.03)
Legal Skill Development
Concord students rated key components of legal skills development more favorably than the average of students from other law schools.
- Analyzing the basic elements of an idea, experience, or theory, such as examining a particular case or situation in-depth and considering its components (3.49 vs. 3.38)
- Synthesizing and organizing ideas, information, or experiences into new, more complex interpretations and relationships (3.54 vs. 3.32)
- Making judgments about the value of information, arguments, or methods, such as examining how others gathered and interpreted data and assessing the soundness of their conclusions (3.22 vs. 3.08)
- Applying theories or concepts to practical problems or in new situations (3.38 vs. 3.31)
The program contributed to:
- Acquiring a broad legal education (3.51 vs. 3.32)
- Developing legal research skills (3.45 vs. 3.18)
- Writing clearly and effectively (3.31 vs. 3.18)
- Thinking critically and analytically (3.58 vs. 3.41)
- Developing a personal code of values and ethics (2.82 vs. 2.71)
About the LSSSE
The Law School Survey of Student Engagement (LSSSE) is a national survey administered to tens of thousands of students, almost all of whom attend ABA-accredited schools. Since 2005, Concord has participated in the LSSSE every other year. In 2018, nearly 80 law schools participated and the survey reached 21,849 law students. The figures are the averages reported across 1L, 2L, 3L, and, if applicable, 4L students.
About Concord's Alumni Survey
The 2016 Alumni Survey provides results from alumni who graduated from Concord Law School between July 2006 and December 2015.