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Concord Law School

Established 1998
Type For-profit online university
Academic staff 70
Students 1,850
Location 10866 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 1200, Los Angeles, California (office)
Campus Online
Affiliations Kaplan Higher Education Corporation, The Washington Post Company, accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council and the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Concord Law School, formerly known as "Concord University School of Law", is an online law school based in Los Angeles, California. It is currently known as Concord Law School of Kaplan University. The school is a subsidiary of the Kaplan Higher Education Corporation. All lecture and study sessions are delivered entirely from a secure website on the Internet.

Accreditation status and "Baby Bar" examination

Concord is accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council, but is not accredited by any law school accrediting body. It is a member of the International Association of Law Schools and the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The merger of Concord into Kaplan University in late 2007 made Concord the first online law school to be part of a regionally accredited university. However, the school is not accredited by the American Bar Association, or by the California Committee of Bar Examiners.

Because of the school's status as an unaccredited distance learning law school by the California Bar Association, Concord students must take and pass California's First-year Law Students' Examination (FYLSE), colloquially called the "Baby Bar," after their first year of law study. Students may progress to advanced law courses and eventually sit for California's State Bar Examination once they have passed the Baby Bar. Past and recent pass rates for the FYLSE and the State Bar Examination, including those for correspondence law schools and distance learning law schools, are provided by the California State Bar.

Degrees offered

Both a Juris Doctor (J.D.) law degree and an Executive J.D. (EJD) degree are offered. The recipients of J.D. degrees who pass the California Bar Exam and or else meet the California State Bar necessities are admitted to the bar and can practice law in California.

The J.D. program is a 92-unit, four-year program. Students are required to successfully complete at least 22-24 units of coursework between 48 to 52 successive weeks each year. Graduates of this program will have met the legal education requirement of the Committee of Bar Examiners, State Bar of California and may apply for admission to the State Bar of California.

The EJD Program is a 72-unit, three-year program. Students who complete the EJD program are not qualified to sit for the California State Bar Examination. It is designed for executives, administrators and professionals in various fields who seek graduate-level training in law but do not wish to practice.

Faculty and alumni

Barry Currier has been the Dean of Concord Law School since June 2004. In April 2010 Currier announced that he was stepping down as Dean of Concord Law School and President of Kaplan Legal Education.

In November 2008, Ross Mitchell, a 2004 Concord graduate, sued for, and won, the right to take the Massachusetts bar exam which is normally open only to Massachusetts or ABA accredited law schools. In a 6-1 decision, the state's Supreme Judicial Court ruled for Ross, citing his excellent law school record and the ability to represent himself and properly present his case. Mitchell subsequently passed the Massachusetts bar exam in February 2009.

On March 17, 2008, four former graduates from Concord Law School were admitted to the United States Supreme Court bar. This came on the heel of Concord Law School's 10th anniversary.

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