Concord Law School Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (33)
Current student: excellent learning program! Very interactive! They care!! Love this school! Takes self disciplin, as any online requires. There program is geared to help you! Not about the grade as it is about passing the bar. They want you to succeed! Requires dedication and time. With a 4 yr degree from another online college, online was my only option due to my schedule. In hindsight, part time employment during school is necessary over full time. It requires self disciplin. If you are self motivated, you should succeed here! Their learning program is set up so organized, and geared towards assuring you are learning the material and legal concepts. I can't imagine how anyone can fail here, if you put in the time. I have been told by campus law students that they were not given weekly quizes as they went along in law school. If you didn't learn the material, you fail the exams. Here, your given quizes per topic. (About every 10 days) this lets YOU know if you are understanding the material or not. this is for the student benefit, and let's you know if your learning the concepts or not. It is useful to get you ready for the midterms and finals. Those are the grades that really count. The whole program is set up to help you! I love it! Whoever set this up really covered all the angles and tools to help you learn! The live classes are extremely interactive! The video classes are excellent! IOverall, it is the place to go if your seeking online schooling, and most importantly, are self disciplined!
If you are considering law school but are doing so because of the desire to learn, altruistic reasons (representing the underserved), or want an additional degree which will help you in your chosen field (medical, human resources, administration, etc), Concord is the hands-down best choice. The cost of the online school and ease of access (flexible hours and classes), make it a win-win for those who may be currently working, or are focused on raising their families, but I am speaking for myself and I know that it is the right place for me at this point in my life. There are also successful graduates who have started their own practices, obtained high level positions in the legal field, and basically achieved their dream job after obtaining their JD and passing the Cal Bar. As for me, I earned an MBA with emphasis in Human Resources about 15 years ago, and although I loved my career, I chose to be a stay home mom and raised 3 children, and was blessed to be able to do so. As my eldest went off to college, however, I realized that I still have a lot to offer, and wishing to re-enter the work world in some capacity, but definitely not at the bottom, I started looking into options. Concord's program seemed to be perfect for me. Not only is it 1/4 the cost of the traditional schools located near me in Northern California, but it offers flexible class times (all online and achived if I cannot attend any given class), as well as extremely bright, talented, and diverse instructors with many different backgrounds, geographically and academically. Concord is a win-win for me - I can still finish the "job" of raising my youngest child who just entered high school while focusing on completing my JD degree and passing the California bar, at which time I will be able to follow my passion; trying to make a difference for those that do not always have good representation or do not know their options in the legal system. I am certain that with my prior experience and background, together with this degree, many doors will open for me. I just completed my first year, and passed the "MiniBar" (required to continue mainly as a consumer protection device). I have learned a lot, and faced many challenges, including a divorce, selling my house, getting another child off to college, and moving to a new city in order to get my youngest settled and on the right track in his new private school. I am not sure I could have done this all had I been attending a brick and morter program - - and certainly without getting a few grey hairs. Concord admistrative staff are very responsive and professional, while some improvements could be made in the admissions office, which I believe are being undertaken due to the hiring of a new Dean of Students who is making process improvements as well as conducting more personnel training in this area. I did not apply for Financial Aid, but I did get an email from them saying I had not paid for my 2nd year and that I was locked out on my computer (but since I had paid 3 months prior in full , this was taken care of promptly). I believe the financial aid department handles all of Kaplan's programs which are vast, and therefore, it really is not a direct reflection on Concord Law school per se. Is Concord right for you? If you are self-motivated, disciplined, and have the time to really study, then go for it. There are nothing but possibilities open to you, and your costs as compared to a normal school are much lower. You can be just as proud of passing the bar with your Concord JD as a Stanford Grad; in fact you may sit next to her during the bar exam! That is not to say you won't have to develop a bit more of a "front story" in describing why you're doing a law school online at a non-ABA accredited school; but seriously - online is the way of the future! Any brick and mortar school with vision is participating in "on line" learning, so the stigma is definitely dissipating, although the lack of accreditation is a consideration; but if you're a California resident, that does not matter if you've got the smarts to pass that bar, and use the tools which I believe Concord offers. I myself do wish at times honestly wish I could have gone to Stanford or Santa Clara Univ. but at this point of my life I would still be facing a "am I the oldest student in class" doubt self - analysis , and I much prefer explaining why I chose Concord to that personally, in addition to the flexible hours. In summary, if there you find yourself in the same or similar position to me, I strongly encourage you to enroll! In short, all you have to lose is one or possibly two years of tuition if you can't get past the FYLSE mini-bar test, and you even then if you have at least made some minimum effort, you will now have some great new tools. Your brain will be sharper, faster, and stronger (or at least mine seems to have improved, hopefully yours will be as well: there are conclusive studies on altzheimers prevention that recommend learning a new language or skill after age 40 is highly beneficial to deter the disease, and learning the law certainly qualifies as both. ) And JUST FOR FUN, your "cocktail hour" and "water cooler" discussions will be colored with those interesting cases that you will become very familiar with, and your friends will be amazed, impressed, and in awe of your ability to identify the issue for which they are complaining, recite a likely appropriate rule of law, analyze it to a reasonable standard, and provide a likely outcome in your new-found "lawyer-like lingo". It may even also help you negotiate with your teenager, but I'm not promising that here.
I have many friends who have completed their Law studies at a traditional Law School and have passed the bar. I saw their struggles and their urge to give up at times. I choose the online route because I have to work full time and have no other choice and I want my J.D, I want to pass the bar. It was either go online or not go at all. So now I am in my first year about to take my finals. Lets face it Law School is no calm walk in the park. It is extremely intense especially for someone who works and life events occur regardless if you are in school or not. Online Law School is for those who are self motivated, you have plenty of support but in reality you are teaching yourself the law. Your success depends on you. To say that it is like running a marathon is to say the least. Concord does not baby you, the grades you receive at first will make you feel like a moron. Yet those grades show that you will need to work hard to improve. I have spoke to some of the students in my section and we to some extent agree that we have been balls of stress since beginning the term. If you are thinking of going to Concord, remember you will need to work smart, efficiently and make your studies a priority. It is so easy to fall behind online. In the beginning of our term we had about 35 people in our section now we only have about 10 because the rest have dropped out. Good luck to all who have the guts to go through it and stick to it. It is not easy and sometimes it sucks, but if you really want it you wont give up on yourself. I did graduate from a great school as undergraduate but my current situation is that I am a single mother, sole provider for my household and I am the boss at work. If I can do it then it is more than likely you can too. Concord does in fact provide you with all the resources you will need, it's really up to you to use those tools provided to build that "big picture."
I have completed my first year of Concord Law School and wanted to share my opinions to any that might be considering it as an option. I had a lot of questions before I started so I hope this will answer some of yours. I've wanted to write a review for a while but decided not to do so until year one was in the books. My greatest concern going in was whether the quality of my education would be that of a brick and mortar school. Well it's impossible to say for sure as I have never attended one of those so I have no frame of reference. However, I have undergrad bachelor degrees in both Economics and History from a prestigious university and I can honestly say that I never worked as hard at those as I did at this. The education is real, and you will get what you put into it. If you're not willing to put in the time (bare minimum 20 hours a week I'd say) you probably won't be successful. The Staff is very supportive. They will answer your questions and are constantly there for you, but they will not do the work for you. The level of interaction from the faculty is very high. Any email I ever sent to a Professor with questions on the material was answered within 24 hours. The essays you submit will be returned with feedback, and the feedback is often more voluminous than the essay itself. Speaking with friends of mine that went to some of the top brick and mortar law schools in the country, you do not find this sort of assistance and feedback in most places. In addition, I'm reading the same textbooks and learning the same material as those friends of mine did. The curriculum itself seems to be largely the same as any traditional school. The only difference is I attend my lectures online. Speaking of the lectures, there are two kinds: Pre-recorded and live classes. What's great about these is if you missed something, you can always rewind or pause. In my undergrad days if I stepped out, missed a class, the Professor mumbled, etc...you're screwed, you better have a friend with good notes. Not here, and I loved that. Also, the live classes are recorded and archived to ensure the same convenience. I would recommend that anyone considering this determine exactly what they want the education for. If you want to practice law, make sure you are living in a state that will allow you to take the bar with an online JD. I do not want to practice law, but work in a profession that values a legal education. For someone like me the tuition of a brick and mortar school made no sense since I don't plan on being a practicing attorney, but this program and its more reasonable tuition was a perfect solution. If you live in a state where it is currently not possible to take the bar exam with an online JD and you want to practice there, that should obviously factor in to your decision making. If you have a job, family, children, etc. and still want to pursue a legal education, this is a great choice as it allows maximum flexibility in your schedule. Concord also does a fantastic job of preparing you for the school's final and the California First Year Law Student Exam. They have a review program to go over all the material learned throughout the year and then a live review weekend in California the weekend before the exam. I just concluded that and was very impressed. These people care and they want you to do well. Negatives...not many to be completely honest. If high tuition/debt are no issue and you want to go to school full time and have no conflicting responsibilities (basically, you're fresh out of college), then I'd probably go with a brick and mortar school that everyone has heard of because employers will recognize it on my resume. The stigma might be the drawback, but once again it's on you. If you can pass the California bar afterwards (one of the hardest in the country) that's all that counts, and plenty of people from Concord have taken and passed the bar. So if the circumstances make Concord attractive, I wholeheartedly recommend the school. I have found the experience to be extremely rewarding and I do not doubt the validity of the education. I'm very confident that I wouldn't have learned anything in a traditional school setting that I didn't learn here. After all, it's the same material...California makes sure of it by making you take the first year exam. Finally, I saw there were a few negative comments about financial aid. I don't use financial aid, but I have had to work with the billing office for a few things and although the process was not as smooth as possible, it worked out in the end. But it's only fair to mention that the Financial Aid office has nothing to do with Concord staff. The school is owned by Kaplan, and Kaplan staff administers the financial aid. One really has little to do with the other when writing a review.
I just finish and pass my 1L and moving into 2L. I think this is the law school to attend if you are not just studying but working as well. This is also the school for you if you have hard time getting into an aba school.
Since my undergraduate gpa is not even 3.0 and I was only waitlisted on an aba school. This school gives me a chance to get my JD and become a lawyer. I like the instructors, they are very supportive and knowledgeable. I agree with some of the people that I had some difficulty obtaining financial aid initially.
Over all, it is a great school and I believe you can transfer to an aba school after you pass baby bar. I will try to do that. Finally, I am very happy where I am now. My advice for you is to pray to God and God will open doors for you and make things possible for you. Thanks for reading.
I graduated from Concord Law School in 2010. The program was rigorous, challenging, and took over my life for a few years. All the pain staking day after day study sessions, paid off on graduation day! This program is not designed for anyone who is not completely committed to spending 30 hours a week on their law studies. This is not a program that you can skate on through.
The professors are outstanding and set high standards and expectations on their students. The results are a high quality education preparing you to be an attorney. I personally chose Concord Law School because of the flexibility that allowed me to continue working as a full-time Adminstrator and full fill my dream to obtain a law degree. One month after graduating from Concord Law School, I was working in the world of law making over 1k starting out.
My time and money spent at Concord Law School was worth the investment! I reccommend Concord Law School to anyone who is willing to set a goal to complete the program and than give 100% to your studies for the next four years. I guarrentee you will be perpared and ready to be an attorney.
Like many, I would not have been able to attend law school without the ability to keep working and go to class from where ever I might have been in the world on any given day. Concord Law is a very good school. The subjects and concepts taught are the same as those taught in Harvard, Yale or any other aba school you can name. I had several professors and lecturers that graduated from those law schools. Do a search for Arthur R Miller, the first couple of years you hear that guys voice in your sleep. Not being a aba certified school is an irritation but the obstacles imposed by living in a state other than California are not that difficult to overcome with a little creativity and time. One day the aba will certify distant learning schools of which I guarantee Concord Law will be the first and it’s probably not too far off in the future.
The best advice that I can give is that law school is not easy, and the decision to attend should only be made after fully considering the price that is required. I’m not referring to the financial price, although it is considerable. I’m talking about the emotional, physical and psychological price that is required by law school of anyone willing to undertake the endeavor. It is significant. After that, law school is what you make of it at Concord or any other place.
I couldn't have become a lawyer without the distance option. I thought Concord was the best choice out of all the distance schools. Now I'm a practicing attorney and law school pedigree makes absolutely no difference to my career or the results I get for my clients.
Concord provided a pretty good legal education. I did my undergraduate work at Cal, and I can say without a doubt that the professors at Concord in general are much more attentive to the students than the ones at Cal were. I'm surprised to hear the comments of disgruntled students. I'm curious how much they actually tried to contact the professors. I found them to be pretty responsive and helpful by-and-large (absent a few duds).
I laughed at the comments about the "cheerleading lady" in the Capstone Class. Indeed, she was annoying, but her partner, Professor Bracci is actually one of the best bar prep lecturers in the nation--so it all balances out.
I was challenged and stretched all the way through. The curriculum was rigorous. All-in-all, a great program.
The only rub is this...The students by-and-large are sub-par. For example, out of the 40 students in my 1L class, only 4 actually passed the bar exam. And this was BEFORE Concord was approved for federal student loans. Now the student quality is really dismal.
Student comments in class chats were generally lame and showed a lack of preparation and understanding. The prospective students who stated that the admission process was rigorous are fooling themselves. Concord will take anyone with a BA and a credit card. Now, with Federal Student Aid, they will take anyone with a BA and a delusion.
If you are smart and hard working, you will do well with Concord. Otherwise, you will probably end up bitter like many of the posters to this site.
I have to say that I'm really impressed with the program and the faculty. No where else (not even at a brick and mortar school) can you get a wide range of professors. Not only are the students attending from all around the world (literally), but also the professors.
Unlike a brick and mortar that ONLY has professors from one physical geographic region, I had professors that were well known in their fields, teaching from all over the country. For instance, my patent law course had lectures from a Harvard law professor, etc. I have an undergraduate engineering degree from U of CO, and did my business school grad degree at MIT, and Concord is just as tough (it's no cake walk, not even close).
Just like some of the other postings have noted on here, you get out of it, what you put into it. I actually started the program for "fun" before, and had to actually withdraw because I underestimated it.
I then decided to start up again, having had a better understanding of the undertaking. It's now almost 2011 and I just finished my very very last class. I'm still doing it for "fun", but like I said, it's really tough, but I've learned a WHOLE LOT.
Granted, there are some inconveniences in that there's no physical place to go to (like a poster has noted here with their financial aid), but the benefits outweigh those issues (and there will always be issues with anything you try any where).
I didn't use finaid as the program, but I did have contact with that office only because there was some mixed up paperwork (so, it is true what the prior poster noted), but it was also during the period when Kaplan U fully took over Concord, and I imagine there was some integration pains ... to be expected, having worked in corporate America long enough to know.
Speaking of finaid, the program is incredibly inexpensive, when compared to a traditional school. So ... on to take the Bar ... lets see how that "fun" goes .. wish me luck!
Concord might be great if you can pay for your tuition up front, but if you are on financial aid, they will take your enrollment fees and drop you for "non-attendance" before your financial aid is disbursed, and it will prevent you from getting in somewhere you really want to go. Their Financial aid department was very, very, very rude. They hung up on me, yelled at me, promised me that after my tuition was paid my excess funds would be disbursed so that I could afford the books and required security certificate, but I never saw one cent, and they kept the tuition. They wouldn't allow me to log in until I had the certificate, they wouldn't disburse my money so I could get it, and then they dropped me for non-attendance.
Now I have to start over with the application process, I am 9 weeks into the semester; these are the people who are supposed to teach about justice and fairness. Don't be poor if you want to attend this school.