Student & Graduate Reviews
Deborah - Current 1st year student - 3/14/2015
Graduation Year: 2017
"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!"
Jen - 10/10/2014
Graduation Year: 2017
"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."