Concord Law School Reviews

  • 47 Reviews
  • Los Angeles (CA)
  • Annual Tuition: $14,358
56% of 47 students said this degree improved their career prospects
68% of 47 students said they would recommend this school to others
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indebt
  • Reviewed: 11/24/2015
  • Degree: Law
"If you want to be a competent attorney look elsewhere. It takes more than reading some books to learn the field of law. The online classes are worse than useless. The lectures are OK but non interactive. Is impossible to become a good attorney without instruction from good attorney's. FLYSE passage rate at Concord 1:5 Bar Passage rate 2:5 overall passage rate of students who don't figure out early on that this school is a waste of time and money 1:10 The opinions expressed in this review are my own. All statistics used can be verified at the state bar website. The rest represents solely my opinion. Thanks for reading."
jb951
  • Reviewed: 11/18/2015
  • Degree: Law
"Please read this if you are thinking about attending Concord Law. I have toyed with the idea of going to law school for a few years. I have taken the LSAT, albeit without much preparation and scored 153. My undergraduate gpa was 3.4 with a gpa of 4.0 in my major classes. Long story short I had options besides Concord but the extremely low cost of tuition coupled with their marketing made me think it might be a viable option to earn my JD. First off what is good about Concord: Books- they use the same curriculum as many ABA accredited law schools. Lectures- in each module there are one or two recorded lectures by practicing attorneys. (this will likely be your only experience with a successful practicing attorney at Concord) Unfortunately that is all I have to say positive about the school. Negatives Not ABA accredited- this is something that I went in knowing but underestimated the implications of. Without ABA accreditation a graduate's options are extremely limited. Get licensed and practice in CA as no states offer reciprocity, work in an extremely limited capacity in a federal setting or work in the backroom at a law office doing research. Don't take my word for this, search for graduates of non ABA accredited law schools (especially Concord) and see how many have been admitted to the bar's of other states. 4 Year JD- Though billed as a part time program, the amount of reading and note taking required is about 30 hours a week. That extra year or two not only represent additional tuition but lost opportunity as you will have no time to work or spend doing anything outside of reading or briefing. FYLSE- Because the school is not ABA accredited all students must take and pass the First Year Law Student Exam after their first year of school. The cost of the test is $740.00 (as of 2015) and Concord students pass this exam at about a rate of 1 in 3 for first time test takers. Of course you can take it again (at $740.00 a go) but you will not get credit for any of the law school you attend past the first year until you pass it. No practicing attorneys- This is something that was completely misrepresented on their website at the time I applied, they have since updated their website however it can still be a bit misleading. When you go to their faculty page you will see the names and faces of some attorneys, many of whom have successful practices. These attorneys prepare lectures for Concord which you watch as part of the modules they are not Concord faculty. Live classes- After attending the first four live classes (who are all taught by one professor) I began noticing a trend. The class time was dominated by the same students each week, asking the same irrelevant questions and who needed the most basic parts of the reading explained to them. The instructor seemed content to spend the majority of the time telling these students how to take notes, and letting them guess at the substantive parts of a case. In other words their was no real instruction in terms of Law. Bar passage rates- Compared with similar schools concord's bar passage rate is better but still far below most ABA accredited schools at 39% passage for first time takers in January 2015 . (worth noting: 1 in 5 Concord students pass the FYLSE and approximately 2 in 5 of those students who go on to complete the four years and take the bar pass it. I urge you not to take my word for it but do your own research.... Save your money and take a trip, start a business, buy the law books and study on your own, get a job flipping burgers all of which are a better use of your time."
Smalls15
  • Reviewed: 10/6/2015
  • Degree: Law
"This place is a hot mess. The live classes sometimes didnt hapien. Huge turnover in staffing and if you get a C- they throw you out of the program. You cannot retake the class as you normally would in a real law school. They just kick you out and keep your money. If your a hardworking parent that hopes to become a lawyer, try a state school not this lawschool wannabe distance learning mess that acts like harvard but is like a bad community college GED program."
raad
  • Reviewed: 3/30/2015
  • Degree: Law
"I am a 4th year student at Concord Law School. I am also a physician who attended and trained at UC Berkeley, UCLA, Stanford, and Univ of Washington. I feel that I have received an education on par with any of these schools. I am interested in Health Law. Concord not only provided an extremely strong core curriculum, but also allowed me to take electives that will help in my pursuit. These electives included Health law, Administrative Law, Medical Product Liability, and Medical Risk Management, among others. I am developing a medical device and was able to take Patent Law, Patent Claim Drafting, patent litigation, and Patent Application drafting. Finally, I took a Trial Advocacy Class in the event that I would do some expert work. And I have no doubt that I will pass the bar. I am a member of one of our two moot court teams. We will compete against other school at the Traynor competition in April. We don’t miss out on these opportunities simply because we be in the same room as each other. I communicate with my teachers by phone and over the internet. The only real difference between Concord and the traditional law schools is that I am not physically next to my classmates. I think that by excluding these schools, Texas will lose out on a unique type of lawyer. One who has career and life experience. And lawyers like this could make unique and significant contributions to the people of the state and law in general."
Deborah - Current 1st year student
  • Reviewed: 3/14/2015
  • Degree: Law
"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
  • Reviewed: 10/10/2014
  • Degree: Law
"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."
First Year
  • Reviewed: 7/25/2014
  • Degree: Political Science
"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.""
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 6/24/2013
  • Degree: Economics
"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."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 1/3/2013
  • Degree: Legal Studies
"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."
Tanya
  • Reviewed: 5/30/2012
  • Degree: Law
"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."
JK
  • Reviewed: 12/17/2011
"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."
David
  • Reviewed: 6/2/2011
"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.Good luck!"
Mac Chinsomboon
  • Reviewed: 12/11/2010
"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!"
Sara
  • Reviewed: 11/15/2010
"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."
SHERRY LYNN MACMANES
  • Reviewed: 10/26/2010
"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."
Karen Saffron
  • Reviewed: 10/7/2010
"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"
Linda
  • Reviewed: 9/26/2010
"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."
Brandon
  • Reviewed: 8/10/2010
"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!!"
Mick Blaine
  • Reviewed: 7/3/2010
"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!"
Jonathan Eisenhower
  • Reviewed: 6/8/2010
"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."