Kaplan University Reviews - Bachelor's in Legal Studies
Review of Legal Studies Bachelors Degrees
Getting my Bachelors degree at Kaplan was great in educating me in the legal field. All the professors and staff are friendly, and care more about your success than their own. Kaplan made it easy for me to be successful in my full time job, and educational desires, as well as all other daily life experiences. Having the flexibility of work load requirements, was one of the reasons I chose to go back this coming January for my Masters degree. Being able to obtain the education needed to help others as a future attorney, and the curriculum choices offered, is the main reason I chose to continue my education for a Masters degree with the same school.
My instructors, for the most part where great people. My experience with the "university" as a whole was horrible. Their lack of communication and outrageously overpriced tuition, leaves a bad taste in my pocket and no degree until I come up with $4000 that should have been covered by loans/grants/scholarships. Think twice before you over pay and end up in debt with no degree.
When I first applied to Kaplan I was really excited about the Legal Studies program. Once I graduated, I have not been able to find a job in the industry in which I have my BS in Legal Studies degree. I even graduated with honors. I wish I could go back in time and redo the type of degree I would be studying. Now I have to start paying student loans off with no job with a degree I cannot even use in the workforce. If I do, it is as an entry level position making very little money. I am not at the point in my life where I can start over making little money and work my way back up again. I have a worthless degree hanging on my wall. I do however have to say the Professors in the Legal Studies program are really good. They are prosecutors, attorneys and former judges teaching the program and they were really inspirational and helpful in this program as it requires a lot of discipline and assistance as it is the law. If you are planning on going to law school this is a good bachelor degree for you to obtain but if you are seeking a legal assistant position it may be difficult. I know it is for me in the city I live in.
Since I began my education journey at Kaplan, I had nothing but problems. It started with issues in regards to transferring my college credits, financial aid saying I owe money, when I did not. As students, we are told no late assignments after unit nine, but yet had a professor who extended homework assignment after unit 9 which was not fair for those students who submitted their assignments on a timely manner. This is college, not high school. If an individual cannot submit an assignment when due, then take the hit and be a grown up about it. When scheduling my classes, I told two advisors not to schedule a math class and a six credit core class together as it would be too much and I was told "get a math tutor", what an ignorant remark to make. When I need to phone Kaplan, there is always an issue and it does not get resolved. If I could redo my educational journey, I would not attend Kaplan and I would either attend a University in person or go to another online university. As I stated earlier, I have had nothing but problems and issues with this school. I cannot say that I have had a positive educational experience with this university.
I do not know what's wrong with you guys. I transferred in as a junior after dropping out of a traditional college 5 years earlier. I have one more year left. Everything is fantastic. I personally like my professors. All of them are attorneys and 2 of my professors in particular are very strict. Or the course in particular was meant to be strict. Even during midterm week, there was no seminar but I had to do 2 discussion boards. One of my favorite professors always ask tough thought-provoking questions on discussion board. We also have healthy debate. I'm a bit afraid to take him again. hahah. I have not had the same professors so far. (Not that it won't happen at all.) You can also pick and choose your professors by registering for your own courses if you don't want the same one. I started out as a cash-based student as I was getting my former student loan out of default. My financial aid started from August but was retroactive for the previous term to cover May~June as well, so I was able to get my money back as well as a financial aid stipend promptly. 2 months after I started, a senior developer guy from Silicon Valley introduced me to the tech field and said that I would be very successful as a software developer. I tried it out and even joined a boot camp to get started as soon as possible. I was wavering on whether to continue with my degree in this field. Really It's now or never. So I stuck with it. And instead of changing my major (I do like law,) I decided to implement in my current field, thus developing legal related case management and office software. I may even decide to go onto law school so that I may work as an Intellectual property, Trademark, Patent, Technology lawyer. :) Everything has worked out for me. Even though I don't need a BA to work in the tech field, it is very useful if I want to work abroad anywhere. One of the requirements of most countries immigration system is that you need to have a BA/BS. This is just red tape to prevent 'everybody' from easy access of leaving their countries.
For anyone thinking about attending college PLEASE shop around. The FA department is extremely bad. They lie about your fund status and blame it on DOE. The instructors, well this is a mixed bag. My first quarter my instructors were never in line with APA style format. In the end FA really makes the student want to keep going to that school but at this school they have a major problem in that department. My advice, SHOP AROUND. And from what I can tell the good reviews are most likely from employees at Kaplan.
Numerous issues - took over three months to get transfer credits correct, financial aid is a nightmare, the professors do not respond to emails when seeking assistance or have a question. Behavior on discussion board and classroom is not really monitored against grading syllabus. If you have any kind of issue and you seek your education advisor, the answer is normally "there is nothing we really can do about it". To me there is no accountability with the staff, but as a student you have to have accountability. Seems a double standard here. Hope you don't have a personal issue, if you do, your "suggested" to take an incomplete. It is very obvious of seeing student favoritism, especially in the class and on discussion boards. I don't feel like I am in a college atmosphere at all.
While the degree has helped me advance in my career it did not come without A LOT of stress from KU. As if it is not hard enough to attend school full time and work full time, their financial services is deplorable to work with and compounded the stress one feels 10 fold. It should not be this difficult to complete a degree or continue your education.
I graduated from Kaplan in 2009 but began during my final year in the military. I did not use the placement services because I was able to acquire a job with the federal government upon departure from military service.
I had a great experience because I managed to form a partnership with the FA and AA.They kept each other in the loop always. Simply questions yield simple answers. You get no where by being rude and hostile to anyone.
Upon my graduation, I easily transferred my most of credits to NYU in pursuit of MA in Human Resource Management. Yes...that New York University. This was done to reduce cost. At kaplan I reduced cost by paying for books out of pocket and utilizing grants/scholarships. In the end my total cost was $15K. Yes, it can be done.
It is alot of work to be honest, not designed for the busy person if you did it full-time like me. I was overwhelmed at first, but I quickly got the routine downpact. As a HR manager with the federal government, I can tell you.. Kaplan University is recognized and you can verify their accredition by visiting the department of education's list of accredited schools. In fact, my degree influenced my promotion. Frankly, employers don't care where you got your degree from unless it is technically related i.e. nursing, engineering etc. An administrative degree go virtually unrecognized. We are required to verify with the education department the accredition of the school. So hearing an employer scoffing at a degree without verification speaks volume for their ability to do their job.
My experience may not be your experience.In the beginning the financial department was a nightmare and I too had to submit documents twice. The instructors for my program were bar certified (verified) attorneys with some having 25 plus years of experience. I learned alot more than I did at NYU...yes that NYU..to be honest. Some instructors were tough as nail especially if you aren't a writer while others were less stringent. It was a luck of the straw each semester with me. In the end you get out of it what you put into it. I'm being fair in saying Kaplan ain't no diploma mill just very expensive to attend.