Concord Law School Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (37)
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.