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Gregory Gibbons - 12/6/2020
Graduation Year: 2022
"I am writing this review specifically directed at self-motivated, intelligent individuals. Most of the reviews I have perused here that give Concord a low rating is simply out of ignorance on the part of the reviewer. It is abundantly clear to any intelligent person who does their due dilligence that this is an online program offered by a California school, which would only give you - at the time of writing this review - access the California BAR. Actually, there is one or two other states now. You can't take this program and sit for the BAR in New York, Florida, etc. At no fault of Concord, that is the ABA that dictates that. However, you could take your CAm law license and practice in federal court in any state, be it New York, Florida, or wherever. I did a little reading, asked some questions of Concord, and it was all made very clear, they were completely forthright, no mystery here. So for a student, years into their studies, to just figure this out, well... what is that bumper sticker say, "Life's hard, it's harder when you're stupid." That's harsh, but a painful truth. And contrary to another poor rating someone gave, this school does allow for guaranteed student (federal) loans, you are covered 100%. And if your loan isn't reporting correctly or not in forebearance as one reviewer complained, well, you need to stay on top of these things. Always check with your loan servicer, double-check your FASFA before each new term starts, check-in and confirm with Financial Aid. This is the adult world, and I think some students are feeling the pains of mommy and daddy not watching over them anymore... c'est la vie, people. As others I saw stated, about teachers not being available to you - live and in person - that is mostly not the case. Sure, they are not standing in front of me, but they are always available. It is Sunday morning, early, and I email my EXCELLENT instructor a question, and he responds within a half hour. Other instructors, all the same. If my issue is more complex and talkign directly is needed, we can jump on the phone together - always, all courses, mostly any time. I communicate with my classmates and study with them, remotely, all the time, every day. I put a lot into this, and I get 100% out of it. If you just sit back and want everything spoonfed to you, you'll probably not do too well in a brick and mortar school, as well as your overall career. It is a GREAT school, and I am learning to the level or higher, really, than many brick and mortar schools. California's BAR has a roughly 30% pass rate, but if you take the (free) review course from Concord, your pass rate is in the 80% range. I passed the FYLSE (first year law school exam) with flying colors due to the AMAZING semester-long review course Concord offered (at no cost to me). It was amazing, completely comprehensive, and the instructors that taught it were always available to me, every day, from dawn to dusk. To fault these great instructors is simply foolhardy and passing the buck for one's lack of focus and determination. Super school, you can't go wrong, if you are a motivated self-starter. And even if you are not fully a sel-starter, the online coursework steps you through it all - just do what you are told. And once you have a law degree, nobody is really going to hire you or not for where you went to school, barring the implications of the IVY League schools. And true, if you aren't cut out for law school, you won't do great here or anywhere, so don't blame the school. They can't make you smart, but they can teach you how to focus, how to better apply yourself. So there. I am just tired of losers lambasting this school. Focus, determination, and you'll excel here. If you want an affordable law degree from a top set of instructors, you are in good hands at Concord. And they are now accredited, so while you are still only a CA lawyer once graduating, for now, you don't have to take the First Year Law School exam any longer (the FYLSE). I bet in a few years, things will change and your degree will afford you access to licensure in other states as well."
Sabrina - 10/15/2020
Graduation Year: 2014
"1) Concord law school failed to report my In school status to student loan servicing agency. This resulted in lower credit worthiness. All other accounts have been payed on time. (2) after the second year of my studies Concord failed to make one mandatory course available to me. Then they offered to either transfer to a non practicing path or restart the year and pay them Full tuition again. They did not take any responsibility for mismanaging the online program for me. ( I have Passed the baby bar after the first year and potentially could have passed the bar. Because of the school’s actions I am responsible for huge debt and have no way to utilize the worthless EJD law degree. I am considering class action."
Out of $40,000! - 7/2/2020
Graduation Year: 2008
"I attended online law school with Concord Law school. The federal government gave them alot of money for absolutely NOTHING! I spent money on a laptop and books that only applied to California law. I live in NC! They failed to tell me that the degree is no good elsewhere! I applied for loan forgiveness and it was denied! Now I am stuck with paying a debt I should not be paying. The government needs to ask Concord to repay them! SCAM!!"
Kessiah Young - 10/30/2019
Graduation Year: 2021
"I graduated from Appalachian State University (B.A.-undergraduate) and Wake Forest University (MDiv.-masters program. These were seated classes and two of the best universities out there. Professors genuinely cared and the programs were superior. Conversely, this online law degree at Concord Law School under the guise of distinguished university of Purdue is a scam! SCAM SCAM SCAM! The federal student loans department should not pay for these courses or this program. It is a joke. You are pretty much on your own without a proper foundation from which to truly learn the law. Also, if you have learning disabilities or have ADA qualifications, this school will be of no help to you. The disabilities department is a joke. They do not advocate for their students. I have never experienced this before either. This program originated from a for-profit Kaplan University. In my opinion, that is exactly what this still is. I have never been to a university with so little advocacy. There are no phone numbers to really call. You are at the mercy of email. Good luck getting professors to answer your questions. One never even responded to a question I had concerning the law. Oh, I almost forgot, the admissions/advisor person I had my first semester was like a high pressure car salesman. Although I told her I was not ready to start, she pressured me. This was not a true advisor like at other institutions. They just want your federal loan money. It was a truly disappointing experience. Also, because it is online, if you have computer issues, you are on your own. It was a waste of time. I recommend trying to get into a regular seated program. Everything seemed like an abstract concept without foundation. Just a rip-off if you ask me. I regret ever attending. I honestly feel like I was robbed and am now left with college debt I did not need."
Miss C - 9/24/2019
Graduation Year: 2023
"I just finished my first term at Concord Law school and I can say that they try to scam you by giving you lower grades than you deserve. They have one teacher that teaches three of your classes and her job is to fail you no matter how perfectly you complete you assignments. Her name is Shandrea Williams and she is rude and dismissive to students. She writes exam questions and grades them herself and you even when you can't question her about your grades even when she is blatantly wrong. She contradicts herself all the time. You write essay exams and follow their IRAC format but they will still tell you that you are doing everything wrong. In fact you are doing things exactly how they told you to do it. There is no accountability so if this one teacher says you are wrong-then you're wrong as she is judge, jury, and executioner. She takes personal phone calls during class, teaches class in her hotel room, feeds her dog, babysits her niece and everything else, all while teaching a seminar, but we as students aren't even allowed to speak. This school could have been awesome for working professionals if they didnt have such unethical practices!"
Brian - 4/30/2019
Graduation Year: 2007
"This school is a waste of time and money. Look, law is about connections. To become a practicing attorney you will need mentoring. No law firm will ever hire you with this degree. Granted, all graduates of law schools are neophytes when they get out of school. You have to find someone who will take you on and train you -- same with any other profession. The problem is that the program is not ABA accredited. No one will hire you from this school. In my opinion, you are wasting your time going through the motions of reading the law. This might have worked in Abe Lincoln's day, but things are too competitive now. Buyer beware and stay away!"
C Sattler - 12/5/2018
Graduation Year: 2019
"Distance learning isn't for everyone. It takes real discipline to keep on track when it's only you - no professors staring at you, no physical classes to attend. But if you're like me - a "nontraditional" student (50, married, own business) then "traditional" law school may not be for you. I certainly couldn't put my business on hold for 3 years. Or, maybe you're REALLY like me and live more than 4 hours from a law school that offers a "part-time" program (not that I consider 4 nights a week, every week, really part-time). Hey, maybe you're TOTALLY like me and are self-motivated, work well in pajamas, and are willing to crawl under a rock for 4 years. Yes, this degree takes 4 years rather than 3. It's a long slog. And it's tough work. Don't be fooled by the whole on-line thing. There are quizzes, essays, and very very real tests. You must take and pass the First Year Law Students Exam (FLYSX) after 1L or you can't go on. That test - which is called the baby bar but is no baby - is a 6 hour horror show but great prep for the bar. Each semester I have between 4-5 classes. Each module (lesson?) gets 9-10 days. There is a TON of reading. I haven't watched TV in 3.5 years. Seriously, law school and working is my life. But I know when I graduate in 6 months and take the bar, I will be ready. There are lots of folks in my classes who won't make it, because they aren't putting in what is needed. But if you are intrinsically motivated, this is a great opportunity. And no, I will not have debt when I graduate. More money for champagne! (One last thing: more and more states are allowing CLS grads to sit for bar exams in other states.)"
B - 5/15/2018
Graduation Year: 2014
"I attended Concord. I graduated and passed the California bar exam on the first try. I practice federal administrative law, and admitted to numerous federal districts. Not once has anyone or any judge questioned my law degree, not even in federal courts in Texas and Oklahoma. I am a full-time practicing attorney in Texas. The reality is, youve just got to get past the bar exam. One federal judge told me, who cares where you went to law school, its what you do as an attorney that matters. If you want it bad enough, going to Concord or anywhere else will give you the tools to make it. For me, Concord was an excellent choice as I had a family to support and I had to keep a full-time job during law school."
Go to Pepperdine instead - 3/12/2018
Graduation Year: 2017
"I read all of these reviews when I was applying to Concord and thought "it will be different for me'" it wasn't. Please read these reviews and do not attend. You can do the work, but you will be 100% on your own and the professor I had was condescending at best if you tried to ask questions. Your grade will be largely based on your final exam which consists of 3 essays (those are not difficult to pass) and 300 multiple choice questions, that you have never seen before. After you receive your final grades you will never be allowed to see the correct answers and no one will provide the answers to you so you'll never know where you stand until it's too late. I was dropped from the JD program for missing .02%, tried to appeal because the exams are loaded with typos and misspellings which make questions hard to understand under time restrictions, but they would not allow my appeal, and the professors would not answer my questions. Concord tries to force you into their EJD program but that is a worthless degree from an unaccredited school so please do not waste your time or money. I am now attending Pepperdine's on-line Master of Legal Studies program, a much better and professional program that will actually advance my career. There are other options for Law School, please investigate all of them and don't let the Purdue purchase fool you Concord will still operate the same with no aid to the students."
Unrecognized Non-ABA approved rip off, - 11/13/2017
Graduation Year: 2017
"Students please Beware!, Concord Law School is not recognized law school. If you apply for jobs at law-firms and the government, no employer knows about this school, it is a total waste of time and money. I attended for a couple of months until attorneys and friends in the real world convinced me to see the truth. I am attending a respected brick and mortal law school that is ABA approved. the truth in the matter is that most un heard of and ghost online schools are rip offs, so that is why they treat people the way that they do. Like Strayer, Kaplan, Capella, and all the others, no employer, not even the public heard of or respect Concord Law School. Save your money and get a real education."