I think it's rather ignorant to assume the admissions people, whose job it is to evaluate thousands of applications a year, wouldn't be cognizant of undergraduate institutions and their relative reputation of quality.
That said, even online schools have varying degrees of reputation. I think it would be not be as beneficial as a degree from, say, Harvard if you were applying to a T1, but the lower down on the totem pole you get the less they will care. From what I can tell of the bottom tier schools, they'd take you as long as you have a pulse and money... and i'm not too sure about that pulse requirement.
This is not accurate at all. The admissions department really only care about your LSAT, and then they care a little bit about your GPA. This is true for any school. If you are borderline they will look at soft factors, but that is about it. Obviously a guy that got a 3.6 from Harvard is going to be taken on the border over a guy who got a 3.6 from a less recognized school. There are only a few schools that will take you if you have a pulse and money, all are currently T4's... Every school turns down applicants every year though. About half of the applicants who apply to law school get in nowhere.
TITCR. Law school admission is overwhelmingly based on LSAT, then to a much lesser extent UGPA, then school's reputation is almost a non-factor. The only way your UG matter is if you went to Harvard and they want to brag that Harvard grads attend their law school.
Wrong! Sakuli responds to an argument about the weight of the LSAT over other factors that was not part of the original statement. Nowhere do I state that the reputation of the school trumps LSAT or UGPA. I even say that it becomes less relevant for the less prestigious schools, nowhere saying to what extent that relevancy originally had except that Harvard will hold a higher weight over University of Phoenix.
I have five years work experience with e-learning institutions. As far as reputation goes, brick and mortar (especially top tier) will trump the online schools. Doesn't mean that that is a significant factor, but it is out there.
Wow this is real accurate. I'm sure that any school is considered better than other schools because they either do not offer online degrees, or they just have four walls that students actually come to every day. Genius. No one with any knowledge of online degrees frowns upon them as long as they come from accredited schools. They teach the students just as well, but some studies show better, than brick and mortar schools. Comparing Harvard is not accurate, because most people do not go to an Ivy league school. Most online degrees will be viewed as any other small college that is not prestigious. It is like the other poster said, if you have a 177 LSAT they could care less where you went to school, or what your GPA was.
And to respond to Peaches... you do not see people in your law school from online schools or small colleges because most of the people that go to law school do not go to undergraduate schools like that. It will not bring down your chances at getting into law school, and just the fact that you do not see any of them is no reason against the schools. Most people who go to law school are prestige whores, and therefore they are people that are more likely to go to prestigious undergraduate college.
The fact is that it will not hurt you. Going to a prestigious school might help you, but going getting your degree will not hurt you. Obviously wherever you want to go to law school will view their state schools and schools in the area as prestigious and that might help you, but other schools won't hurt you. A good example is that I know a guy who went to a top 15 liberal arts college. He has worked in 5 states and none of his employers have ever heard of his undergraduate school even though it is so well regarded. People just do not care that much. Bottom line is nail the LSAT and you're in law school.