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LAW SCHOOL PROFILE 1.800.973.1177 Concord Law School [by Tom Horne] For prospective law students who feel that rigid schedules and rising tuition prices may have put a legal education out of reach, Concord Law School pro- vides an (increasingly popular) alternative solution. Concord Law School is the nation’s first fully which was our featured law school here on education as a way to bolster their already- online law school, offering a J.D without LawCrossing.com a few weeks ago. established role in the corporate market - requiring that a student ever go to a single place or the community. For example, many class. The education process is conducted Students take regular interactive exams on students are educators, physicians, bankers, entirely online, with streamlined lectures the Internet that assess their retention and and police officers. and chatroom discussions. Because of its understanding of material. They receive in - novel way of teaching law, some might ques - stantaneous feedback on their performance, The Concord Law Program works much the tion the effectiveness or even the validity with directions to study the material that will same way a traditional law school would. of a Concord J.D. or of its Executive Juris address their individual needs. The exams Students view lectures over the Internet via Doctor (E.J.D.SM) degree. But rest assured mirror the content and language on the Bar audio-visual streamlining. It offers the added of Concord’s fine credentials. Examination, preparing students throughout convenience of being available 24 hours a their education for the final hurdle to licens day, whenever a student feels like studying. It’s authorized by the Bureau of Private Post- ing. Students receive regular feedback on Professors lead dialogues where legal con - Secondary and Vocational Education in Cali - written assignments via e-mail. cepts are discussed and debated, following a fornia. The school also has complied with the curriculum that corresponds to that of most registration requirements of the State Bar of The four-year program costs about $28,000. leading ABA law schools. Professors are California, which permits its graduates to ap - This makes it quite an affordable option to available via e-mail or telephone. ply for the California Bar. Upon passing the some who may not otherwise be able to pay California Bar Examination, Concord grads for their legal education. It also caters to Concord also assigns mentors to oversee will be qualified to practice in California those who are geographically removed from the progress of students as they work their courts. They may also apply to practice in other law schools, making it difficult or im- way through the curriculum. By monitoring many Federal courts. Graduates who want to possible to commute to a brick-and-mortar “logins” and completion of assignments, the practice in other state courts may be eligible institution. mentors (the Dean of Students and Assistant under reciprocity rules. Dean of Students) can reach out to students Concord first “opened it doors” in 1998 and who are falling behind or who have not In January 2000, after a rigorous review of has been serving working professionals, checked in frequently for classes. This out - the faculty, curriculum, finances, facilities family caregivers and others whose circum - reach, in the form of an e-mail, commences and technology, Concord received accredita - stances prevent them from pursuing a legal an exchange between the student and a tion under a pilot program from the Accredit - education at a fixed-facility law school. The counselor on non-academic study issues. ing Commission of the Distance Education typical student is a mid-career professional and Training Council (DETC). Listed by the with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0. More than Oftentimes, these counselors work with U.S. Department of Education as a nationally 1,700 students currently study at Concord, students to alter study habits or devise ad- recognized accrediting agency, the DETC is including alumni of such prestigious univer - ditional methods to motivate them to “catch also a recognized member of the Council for sities as Harvard, Yale, and MIT. More than up” on assignments. These counselors, Higher Education Accreditation and strives 40% of the students already hold advanced trained in academic support, can also provide to identify schools that offer high-quality dis degrees and hail from all U.S. states and at additional writing help for students who are tance education. In 2001, Concord launched least nine foreign countries. having difficulty with their essay assign- an online Trial Advocacy Program in conjunc - ments. tion with William Mitchell College of Law, Many students look to Concord’s legal PAGE 1 continued on back 1.800.973.1177 LAW SCHOOL PROFILE The school also provides many amenities that are offered at traditional schools. These include a law library and bookstore, career services, and technical services. Two internal newsletters, The Concord Connector and The Concord Reporter, keep students informed. Concord’s Law Library enables students to be- come proficient in performing legal research and provides links to all material necessary for completing assignments to fulfill the cur- riculum. Students are also trained in electronic meth- odologies and have access to online systems used by practicing attorneys nationwide, such as Westlaw. Concord’s career services help students explore employment opportunities in law and law-related fields. So despite its relative new and unorthodox way of teaching, Concord has already begun to be taken seriously as a viable means of ob- taining a legal education. With 1,700 students, Concord may be paving the way for other legal programs to reconsider the way they’re doing business. PAGE 2
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