Concord Law School Reviews

  • 57 Reviews
  • Los Angeles (CA)
  • Annual Tuition: $14,358
56% of 57 students said this degree improved their career prospects
72% of 57 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Elena
  • Reviewed: 5/27/2022
  • Degree: Law
"I just completed my first term at Concord Law School. The program is certainly rigorous. I highly recommend that you have a serious determination to graduate because you can be very easily discouraged, not by what you are learning, or by the study load, but by the school’s grading system. Another student’s review stated it clearly by expressing that you do not get the grades that you deserve. I would say you do not get the grades you earn. The program is most definitely set up for you to learn and you most definitely are challenged, but, if you do not have an extremely positive attitude with significant support from those close to you, you may easily sink into a negative attitude, even depression. Do the research yourself. It has been established that law school students can plunge into depression and that, even in a career in law, there may be unusually high rates of dissatisfaction. Be prepared to encounter a grading system based on the California Bar Exam. You will be informed by professors that what appears to be a “C” grade on many of your essay exams is actually considered a very good and passing score on the bar exam. Here are the issues: 1) that good “bar exam” score does not translate to a good GPA. You guessed it, it translates to an average GPA at Concord Law, 2) if you have other responsibilities in your life such as a full-time job and children at home, this grading system can weigh heavily on your morale 3) yes, the professors are great and, yes, you will certainly learn law in a challenging environment, but you better have the stamina to deal with an average GPA which can place you on the border of academic probation regardless of how hard you work and how well you progressed, 4) consider that the grading standard applies to all students regardless of whether you are first year or fourth year. You are required to meet the grading standards of the bar exam. This is dogmatic. On the final exam grade for one of my essay exams, my professor commented “Very good!” On my multiple choice final exam for another class I did quite well. Regardless of this, I was placed on academic probation. I fully accept, as a student, being challenged by being placed in a position which pushes you to improve and do better. I do not want grades handed to me. I want to learn. I want to excel. The problem I observe with Concord Law is that it is highly deficient in a positive and holistic learning environment. It’s grading system is outdated. Does not anyone question the very real fact that scoring your exams based on the bar exam scoring standard translates to a low GPA? I think as a student progresses through the program and gains aptitude the grades likely improve, but I am so terribly concerned for my emotional well-being after what I experienced the first term. I do not feel prepared to experience depression yet another 16 weeks. That is too long of a time. Life is precious. The program can certainly succeed at weeding out slackers, but it fails miserably at fostering an environment where a student can thrive on encouragement and self-motivation. I took a leave of absence, but I am wary of returning. My recommendation is for the school to re-evaluate the grading standards. Maybe some of the essay exams should be graded according to the standards of the CA bar, but not every single assignment. Also, the school should have more mercy on first year students. Law school is an academic experience like no other. A student could hardly know precisely what to expect. It is akin to learning a new language at the speed of light, yet, a weight is placed on a student’s shoulder to produce above average outcomes immediately. It is black and white. It is dogmatic. I think it would be fair to progressively use the CA bar standards for grading essay exams. By the fourth year, it would be fair to apply those standards consistently. The program should find a middle ground. These times are no longer the days of “no pain, no gain.” We live in a different world where organizations go so far as to implement fasting from food for their employees, places to nap during the work day, a fitness room, and so on. This is the holistic age, but there is no doubt that many institutions and organizations adhere to some kind of wartime mentality of survival of the fittest. This does not work anymore. We now consider a person’s well-being at many levels and design organizations, including schools, to encourage success at all levels, including mental and emotional levels, not just academic levels. Too much objectivity is rigid and detrimental. Certainly, by the other reviews and by the documented success stories, you can do it, but you best have a dogged determination to graduate though the means to that end may require a persistent positive outlook that is so poorly fostered at the school, if at all. Multiple choice quizzes can assist you in balancing average essay exam scores, but be prepared to master those. They are not easy and they are based on the bar exam as well. I performed above average on them quite consistently, but, now I realize I needed to perform almost perfectly to counterbalance the dogged grading standards on the essay exams. Simply consider these factors if you choose to attend. You better want it at almost any cost."
Amy CT
  • Reviewed: 5/12/2022
  • Degree: Law
"For the motivated and action-plan oriented student, CLS works! As with anything, creating a plan is important. Create a study group to spend your law school years with and schedule professor office hours time to provide your study group extra help, clarification, and improve your knowledge. EACH professor/instructor offered office hours and study group time. Professors Shandrea Williams and Scott Johnson we’re particularly helpful, inclusive, and always available. There is no part of the real world that works well with last minute scheduling, thus plan accordingly. A career in law requires planning and scheduling, so start your legal education that way as well. This degree was not easy, was not a walk in the park, nor is it for everyone; however, the professors/instructors were more than helpful and offered a well-rounded education. I cannot stress enough - create a study group and utilize your professor’s time productively. Give them the courtesy of a study session agenda/ outline when seeking office hours time. Prepare for class, do your outlines and where you are struggling, get professor scheduled time before you get behind. It wasn’t easy but I did graduate as a Distinguished Scholar and I attribute that to planning, scheduling, quality professor office hours, and study group! Were there challenges? Of course, but nothing that I didn’t get over and plan for better the next time."
James
  • Reviewed: 5/3/2022
  • Degree: Law
"Rigorous program, but still flexible on time! I completed 1L (first year) at Concord Law School and just began my 2L year. I work full time and a single parent of 2 children 50% of the time. Attending an ABA school is not possible for me because of my work and personal schedule not to mention ABA schools are cost prohibitive for someone who is older. Concord's education is fully online, which is amazing because I otherwise would not be able to attend and I will not be drowning in student debt as I would from a traditional school because its about one-third of the total cost! There are live weekly webinars led by the professors of each course, the professors provide feedback on the assignments, and they always reply to my emails within a day or so. Many of the textbooks are the same that some of my friends use at their ABA schools. It really is a high quality of education required, but it does require a lot of time to be successful and I've had to restructure my schedule or miss out on an evening event because of my studies; but then I think how much more I would have to miss if I had to attend on-campus and remain happy with my decision."
Rob
  • Reviewed: 4/24/2022
  • Degree: Law
"I graduated from CLS knowing that I would not be able to sit for the bar in my state. That was represented to me before I started the program. I went to CLS because they had the highest pass rate for the FYLSE. I did everything that the teachers and administrators asked that I do the first year and I passed the FYLSE. It was not easy and it took a lot of time so do not expect this to be easy just because it is online. It is probably harder than a brick-and-mortar school. I was able to work while going to CLS but I only slept 5 hours a night and I spent two weeks of vacation a year in a condo in Park City by myself studying 16 hours a day. I am certain that had I been allowed to take the bar exam in my state I would have passed it. Having the JD has brought many opportunities to me and has increased my income. The degree has paid for itself many times over even though I am not a practicing attorney. If I had to do it over again I would choose CLS and get my JD even knowing the difficult road that would be ahead of me. CLS was not easy but it was worth it."
Robert Shane Jones
  • Reviewed: 4/20/2022
  • Degree: Law
"I found my experience at Concord Law School suitable and a complement to my MBA, BBA as well as my years of business experience. Even though I am not a practicing attorney, I have utilized my legal education in a variety of situations and circumstances. For business owners, entrepreneurs, and senior level executives I highly recommend a legal education. Thank you"
Gene Knippers
  • Reviewed: 4/13/2022
  • Degree: Law
"I attended Concord Law School 2009-2013. My experience was very positive. It's a world-class institution with world-class instructors. I am proud to be an alum of Concord Law School at Purdue University Global. I always felt that I was getting a first-rate education and the value was incredible."
MaryAnn A.
  • Reviewed: 4/13/2022
  • Degree: Law
"I am delighted that Concord is now accredited. That is a great step for the school! I graduated back before the school was accredited, but the experience was beneficial to me. At the time I graduated, I was in school administration. The law foundation I received at Concord was a huge asset to me in that position. Then, after retiring from education, I went to work for the court system. I have been very successful there. At the time I attended, online education was in its infancy, so there were some "bumps" in the technology. The tech support was always available and worked through every issue. Now, with the development of online education, it sounds like things are going well."
Conan J. Higgins, ESQ.
  • Reviewed: 4/13/2022
  • Degree: Law
"Concord Law School provided the opportunity for me to complete law school in spite of the demands of a regular job, military reserve service, combat deployments, and a family with small kids. Perhaps online learning isn't for everyone, such as those who benefit from, or simply require the structure of a brick-and-mortar institution. However, the flexibility of the asynchronous delivery of classes, lectures, and assignments allowed me to work at my own pace, often at all hours of the night and in different countries around the world. The quality of the education is top-notch; the professors and faculty even better than that. Since graduating 12 years ago, I have been able to realize my dream of working internationally in law and I owe it all to the unique, challenging, and unparalleled experience I got through Concord."
Adam
  • Reviewed: 4/13/2022
  • Degree: Law
"Superior education for a fraction of the cost. Well paced and vigorous education for busy individuals looking for a challenge with lots of support and excellent instruction programs. I’m currently a practicing Attorney and never regret for a moment attending Concord."
Lisa
  • Reviewed: 12/29/2021
  • Degree: Law
"I love this school. God calls me into criminal justice system so I attended this law school. The tuition is a little pricy but it's totally worth it. Many of my classmates are successful lawyers now! Give it a try! It prepares you to be a successful lawyer! Mat God bless!"
SS
  • Reviewed: 4/22/2021
  • Degree: Law
"Any school - and I have been to many and have taught at a few - is only as good as its students. If you are unmotivated, need to be spoonfed because you failed to read assignments before class or have an entitlement mindset, Concord is not for you. It requires that you put in the work and often more than a traditional brick and mortar school. My daughter is a practicing attorney who went to school in Boston. With the likely exception of her given focus, I guarantee you that I know more than she learned as a 1L. Someone below stated a similar review. Graduate, pass the CA bar and work toward your goal. Contrary to popular belief, you and you alone are in control of your destiny. So get out the can-do spirit, get motivated, have a goal and go for it. The curriculum is no different elsewhere - it is what you do with it."
Gene Cisewski
  • Reviewed: 2/16/2021
  • Degree: Law
"It is not a place for everybody -- you have to be motivated and a self-starter to make this program work. But if you really want to become a lawyer while also working full time, this program is designed for you. I took advantage of an internship program where I was able to clerk for a Wisconsin Circuit Court Judge, which was one of the most incredibly practical parts of my education with Concord. And if you can get through the California bar exam, the rest are a breeze."
Gregory Gibbons
  • Reviewed: 12/6/2020
  • Degree: Law
"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
  • Reviewed: 10/15/2020
  • Degree: Law
"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!
  • Reviewed: 7/2/2020
  • Degree: Law
"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
  • Reviewed: 10/30/2019
  • Degree: Law
"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
  • Reviewed: 9/24/2019
  • Degree: Law
"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
  • Reviewed: 4/30/2019
  • Degree: Law
"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
  • Reviewed: 12/5/2018
  • Degree: Law
"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
  • Reviewed: 5/15/2018
  • Degree: Law
"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."