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The genuine bonds that Concord Law School at Purdue University Global students have built are as powerful and lasting as those formed at brick and mortar law school campuses. Our online environment not only makes legal education accessible—it’s also designed to bring students together.

Communicate and Collaborate

Concord students interact through classrooms, chat rooms, message boards, instant messaging and email, social media, student organizations, and in-person or remote study groups.

Professional Networking

Students have plenty of opportunities to develop their professional networks and form lasting friendships that are an important part of the law school experience. Students with common interests join formal and informal groups. For example, we have three student organizations: the Student Bar Association, the American Constitution Society, and the Federalist Society.

Supportive Mentoring and Alumni

Students and alumni contribute their talents and expertise to the law school’s community and are generous with their time. Students routinely mentor first-year law students. Additionally, students and alumni participate in formal mentor programs for the First-Year Law Students’ Exam and the Bar Exam. The relationships students form during their law school experience extend well beyond graduation. Alumni often attend graduation ceremonies, travel to cheer on moot court teams, and share their post-Concord employment experiences. Students have even formed professional partnerships together after graduation.

Moot Court Competitions

Concord Law School (CLS) students have an opportunity to participate in moot court competitions to hone their written and oral advocacy skills. Concord’s competitive moot court teams consist of third- or fourth-year JD students who travel to a chosen competition to participate in an oral argument portion of the competition, as well as prepare and submit an appellate brief.

Traditionally, Concord has participated in three competitions: the John J. Gibbons Criminal Procedure Moot Court Tournament at Seton Hall, the Roger J. Traynor California Appellate Moot Court Competition, and the University of San Diego National Criminal Procedure Tournament. Our teams have consistently performed admirably against teams from brick-and-mortar law schools.

Concord Law School Moot Court Recognition

2015

Concord’s team received second highest oral argument score out of 46 teams in the first round of oral argument at the John J. Gibbons Criminal Procedure Moot Court Competition.
Both competitors on Concord’s team received awards for "Outstanding Achievement in Oral Argument"—the only team in the competition to have two advocates receive this honor at the Roger J. Traynor California Appellate Moot Court Competition.

2016

Concord’s team won Best Respondent Brief and advanced to the quarter-finals in the oral argument rounds of the University of San Diego National Criminal Procedure Tournament.

2017

Concord’s team won the 2017 William A. Rutter Award for Best Brief at the Roger J. Traynor California Appellate Moot Court Competition.

Concord Law School Student Groups

Student Bar Association

The Student Bar Association (SBA) of Concord Law School is the student government association for all Juris Doctor and Executive Juris Doctor Students enrolled at Concord. Officers and representatives are elected by the students to represent them. SBA is a group of students from all years and programs who work together to teach and promote legal topics.

Mission

The SBA acts as a liaison between students and the administration of the law school, representing student concerns and interests. A primary function of the SBA is to assist incoming first year students in adjusting to the unique requirements of an online law school and legal education. The leadership of the SBA is committed to helping each student succeed and reach his or her maximum potential as a law student which, in turn, will prepare the student to be a future contributing member of the legal community. The SBA also explores ways to improve the educational experience at Concord.

Benefits/Opportunities

  • Provides a constructive group of peers that will advance your learning and understanding of the law
  • Interact with other students on the SBA Facebook group

Federalist Society

Since its creation, the National Federalist Society has played an integral role on law school campuses. The Concord Law School Federalist Society embraces the principle that the state exists to preserve freedom, that the separation of governmental powers is central to the integrity of the Constitution of the United States of America, and that it is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is and not what they believe it should be.

Mission

The mission of the National Federalist Society is to foster debate among students, academics, legal practitioners, and public policy experts at the law school level. We encourage students to counter the tide of orthodox liberal ideology and combat the radicalism that has flooded the nation’s law schools.

Benefits/Opportunities

American Constitution Society

The American Constitution Society provides a forum for Concord Law School students, faculty, and staff to promote a balanced and rational view of the basic tenets of our form of government as defined by the Constitution of the United States. Members believe that respect for human dignity and the individual rights and liberties set out in the United States Constitution deserve a renewed and prominent role in law and policy-making.

Mission

This chapter of the American Constitution Society seeks to foster rigorous debate, consistent with the principles of civility, courteousness, dignity, and respect for others, which will enable members to become better educated about Constitutional issues and more aware of excessively political Constitutional interpretation by either side of the political spectrum.

Benefits/Opportunities

  • Strengthen the core values of the Constitution in order to equip our citizens and our leaders with a full complement of tools with which to create a better America for everyone
  • Interact with other students and learn about the group on Facebook