Concord Law School Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (33)
Having completed about half of 1L, and reading some of the reviews here, I feel the need to comment. I have found the staff at Concord to be very helpful, and willing to give direction and guidance. However, they will not do the work for you, and there is alot of work! Many students are disappointed with their grades the first year. Yes I had a 3.85 when I completed my BA, and lets just say no, I don't have that now. But if I did have a 3.85 at this time, I truely would be wasting my money, because I would already know this material.
Some students are frustrated with their essay grades, because as they point out, they spotted all the issues, however there is more to essay writing than simply issue spotting. Spotting issues is only the first part. The work pace is grueling, especially in the JD program, but it is what is required in order to qualify for the bar.
Think very hard before you enter this program, you have to work your a** off, and you don't always get the grade you hope for, but if you decide to accept the fact that maybe, just maybe you don't know everything and ask for clarification, and learn from your mistakes, you will improve in your performance. The faculty here will not hold your hand, but they do root for you, and offer assistance. The faculty also responds proptly to any emails or questions students ask.
However if you ask a question, your most likely going to have to have read the material assigned, because if the answer is straightforward and contained in the reading, you will be directed to do the reading. The professors will clarify the answers, but they will not give them to you. Some students unfortunately receive a rude awakening when they come to Concord, they are unfamiliar with what is expected in law school, and are under the impression that because Concord is online it will be easier than traditional schools. People the expectations are the same, you may have a more flexible schedule because its on line, but the amount of work is the same, actually it is slightly more since Concord requires students to practice essay writing thruout 1L, which many schools do not require.
A few years back it appeared that my job would be "out sourced", so before the next shoe fell, I decided that I needed to get a profession that was "out sourced proof, down-sized proof, re-org'd proof, as I was a single mother of 2 kids. Boldly stated my co-workers, I decided to go to Law School. I knew that it would have to be the evening division no mater what I did, so I applied to many regional schools and was accepted to many. I finally settled on Georgetown University.
After the LSAT, essay, phone interview, and a personal interview based on phone interview, AND many dollars...I was in! Yeah, I was in for it...I worked my butt off for my 1L at Georgetown U., but so would any one at ANY school given the material that one must complete in that first year. I didn't have ANY outside activies, rarely slept, read continuously, researched and wrote non-stop, took care of children and worked fulltime.
My point is this: Its work! One gets what they put into it..if you work hard then you will see the benefit, however if you are less than committed to giving up ALOT of personal time, then this profession and school may not be for you....Honestly, I wouldn't want to pay for the services of a person who didn't have that kind of work ethic. As the saying goes: "garbage in, garbage out"...its what one makes of it and also what they put into it...TRUST ME...Not once did a PROFESSOR call me to check on me to see if I was dead or alive..eating, sleeping ok, sick, could pay my bills etc. It's also called living a grown up life too. I now know what I'm capable of doing and not doing having completed 1L at Georgetown U.
Having said that, I also know that NO MATTER where I go to finish law school, IT WILL take that same work ethic, amount of time each day and dedication to complete my assignments if I EXPECT to pass the BAR which is my goal. I know this..One must possess a Bachelor Degree before attempting this profession as there is NO other way around it...Thats why in Undergrad school its called"Pre-Law". I got very little from sitting in a classroom and listening to lectures that I couldn't figure out anywhere. As soon as you learn what it takes to get the A in a class, then that is what you do...nothing more..its a game to be played and those who play it best win!
The best law practiced is not found in a classroom, but in real life and those experiences will be your teachers...you just need a method to take and exam. this is a method. This law business is not always pretty, soft, or caring, but quiet efficient. My simple explanation of how I completed 1L at Georgetown should be an example of how serious it can get..I had to compete with myself and others day in and out for standing in a class and for my grades..NO SLACK...it was that brutal at times, but I survived, got A's and B's for 1L and am proud of my hard work.
Now, later I am ready to finish the marathon called Law School..not sure where or how yet, but after reading many comments here, am considering this school. I know that no matter the venue, all of the work comes from me..NO ONE can take the exams for me nor the bar..life does not work that way...so, I hope some find this helpful to understand that this profession and its requirements are not to be taken lightly..this is a serious commitment, just like med school would be and by commitment..I mean of your personal time..it can't be half-stepped..if you don't study for an exam, then the best you can expect is a zero..if you don't turn in writing assignments, then expect a zero.
My professors were some of the most demanding and yet complex to figure out as to what I needed to do to get the grade, but once done..then it all worked...I played the game they handed me for the year and won! Everyone can win at this game...but one must figure it out for themselves and Play to WIN...Again, take what you will from this...but believe me..it takes hard work, dedication, and stubborness to finish, no matter where you go to play this game! regards, kds
Staff are bad education is bad, they don't care about you, their financial aid is bad, you will never be able to pass baby bar, with this school. I am sure, they won't post this, because they only post good stuff about them. You are crazy to go there.
I had the oppurtunity to go to a "traditional" law school or Concord. I must have asked 20 lawyers who were friends of mine and they all said that ultimately, the choice is and will always be mine. It depends on what you want to do with your law degree they also added.
I talk constantly with friends who are currently enrolled in University of Houston,Thurgood Marshall and Univeristyy of Houston law schools, and they say that while the physical obvious differences are there, the education and knowledge seems to be the same. One even stated that unless I want tons of debt and want to pursue a career where the name of the school is very important, there is nothing wrong with Concord being great for in-house-counsel or for assistance with contracts. I am currently 2L and enjoy it!!
Let me first start by saying - INVEST in your education by applying to a law school with a mission for your to pass the baby-bar and bar. Without either you are history. BUT don't invest if you don't have the time or committment to LEARN, which means you must change your life so it resolves around law school and yes, Concord.
If you can't do this then you will become one of the "dissenters" listed here. If you are thinking of law school but not sur of Concord. I've been to both and law school you sit down with a class is the WRONG move. Why? Because their mission IS very different then the baby-bar or bar.
Instructors have their own favorite areas to test and most certainly won't be the area tested on the baby-bar. And I will suggest to you again that you CAN'T move forward until you pass the baby-bar. The good news is that passing the baby-bar means you know the law. If you don't pass, chances are you don't.
It is all what you make of it. If you are lazy or can't pull yourself away from facebook then don't bother with this program because you are wasting Concord's time, your time and our time (because in the end we future lawyers want to look good too). Good luck!
I've stopped by to give my ONE cent for I am so burried in student loans that I can not afford to tip in TWO.
I may not belong here but am suspicious of the amount of negative feedback. As a 3L at Emory Law I can tell you that NO ONE there has ever held my hand (even the nerdy looking dude I sit next to everyday); so this notion that at brick and mortar facility you will have (servants) people ready and willing to guide you to the bathroom when you are about to loose your breakfast is pure rubish and non-sense. It is a jungle out there!
If you are attending this online school, you must do what you go to do with what you have--give your all and 1000% more. That is the only way you will be able to nail it and also overcome questions about your academic qualifications.
Attending law school in a brick and mortar is not easy - I can not imagine doing this online (not because of Concord's curriculum) but because I am not cut out for this method (yet) and believe that people who are doing it are brave and ultra disciplined.
If nothing else, ONLINE graduates who pass this so called BABY BAR and CalBar Exam should be given top jobs at top law firms. And, if you choose to become a trial lawyer, KNOW THIS: No one can learn the intricacies of becoming a trial lawyer at law school (NO ONE!!!). Trial lawyers can only master their skills with real world practice. End of story.
I completed my EJD in 2009 and would highly recommend the school. The staff is supportive, but they require you do your work first. My interactions with professors were always enlightening, but don't expect to be handed an answer. I enjoyed their extensive knowledge and experience, willingness to encourage, and questions were responded to in about 24 hours (usually less).
Being comfortable with technology and communication via computer is necessary so that it is not a distraction. The technical assistance is friendly, patient, and kind even when you make a very silly mistake (which I did.). The technology used runs extremely well and is very easy to use.
Your assignments and timelines are clearly posted, items are promplty graded with explainations of the answers provided, the recorded lectures run smoothly and easily, and the live class sessions are easy to participate in and follow. This is a place for people who want to work very hard. The recommended minimum of 2 hours a day is probably not sufficient for most people. I regularly put in 4 hours a night and 6 hours each day of the weekend.
This school really does on-line education the way it should be done. Like all things you get from it what you put into it.
After much research, I selected Concord to attend school. As time was winding down, both ALU and Concord were neck and neck. But one thing struck me. It was a comment one of the Concord Advisors said during a brief telephone conversation. I said, whats the Bar passing rate of those who do not have undergraduate degrees? She said, "we do not admit students without a Bachelors degree and 3.0 average. One must have endured and worked hard to attain a certain level of education to succeed." That struck me.
Its the one thing no other school said during the process. In addition, nearly all independent reviews stated that Concord had become the Harvard of the web. With all this in mind I chose Concord and will start class April 6. Now, all those out there still looking. Do your own research and make up your own mind. I took time to research in order to come to this decision. Good luck guys!
For three months now I've been searching the web for a reputable on-line law school. The traditional fixed time school was not an obtion, so I had to depend on the on-line programs for a law school possibility. So for the last couple months I've been searching the web for reviews on all the schools that participated in providing a quality education. As I narrowed the field down to three, my choices became Concord, Northwestern California and Taft. Each school boasted its number of bar passing students and its longevity in the field of on-line legal education.
In reality, all three were right. Each had many students who had passed both of the CA Bars and were doing quite well in their new profession. But there was one thing missing. The law school experience.
Concord, has the law school community that would lend support to each of its students. It simply feels as if one is about to get up and start going to class everyday. In addition, at least from the outside looking in, it seems as if the student is given a great deal of opportunity to engage with fellow classmates and with professors.
But here is where I take issue with many of the dissenter's on these message boards. If one is in Law School, does not one need to put in the hours to pass both the curriculum and the bar. I would assume that the law school professor cannot take the exam on one's behalf. Also, there is much to do on the actual law school a person attends. So I take it that if I were to become an attorney, go to trial and opposing cousel is Harvard educated, that that individual will automatically win. I don't think so. If anything at that point he/she and I are on the same level and its up to preparation and facts as to who wins or looses.
Now I do agree that many miss guided individuals attend on-line law schools and do not do well at all. Well, I guess things happen, "you had your shot". But, if the individual works hard, does allot of research and is very serious about the task at hand, then the sky is the limit.
I took this course because I was at a point in my life when it was not possible to attend a fixed-hours, fixed-facility school. I passed the baby bar and then most recently the CA bar (second time), so will shortly be a practicing California lawyer.
Despite the convenience of Concord and my success in the bar exam, I cannot recommend it because in my view it does not do its job properly. I found the professors to be distant and unhelpful. Very few of my questions got serious answers and because there was no physical contact with them, I could not persist and the questions never got answered. Many of the "professors" are not such. They seem to be lawyers doing this job part time, and the students get attention proportional to whatever reward the staff must be getting. It shows.
I must also mention the "capstone" course. It is a cheerleading session in which the professor led chants of "we can pass" or some such mantra. Of course, most do not pass. Where regular ABA schools filter out the applicant pool using the LSAT or other admissions criteria, Concord seems to use the baby bar and ultimately the actual bar exam to do it.
The whole experience could be more serious, more scholarly and challenging, but it is not. Concord seems to refuse to acknowledge that it is not different enough, while still being proud of being different.
If, like me, you have to do it this way and it works for you then fine. But be warned. Keep your eyes open and your wits about you. You will be making this a success and Concord will have little to do with it.