I understand the limitations of a DL school. In my situation, I have been negotiating contracts for several years and work in an environment where everyone that performs my job is an attorney, making me the only one who isn't. Now, you could spin this is as a good thing, but it is my opinion, my credibility with my peers is low since people view me as a "non-attorney who doesn't know the law." I am looking to attend a DL to gain that education. I am not interested in practicing law and beening licensed in CA would not affect my job status or abilities. Also, I live in KY and there is only three brick and mortar schools. Only one is close and doesn't have a part-time or evening program. So for me, its about logistics.
Here is some good advice, I am an attorney, graduated from Taft and instruct at online schools in addition to practicing law. Under no condition enter a JD program without intending to become an attorney. far from being respected by your peers, professionals like attorneys will peg you a pretentious wannabe attorney with an online degree. By all means go to a California DL school but to continue past year one, you need to pass the baby bar, and after that ordeal which only has a 20% pass rate or so, it makes no sense not to continue to the California bar. The non bar JD programs in my opinion are a total waste of money as they almost always unaccredited and again will simply raise red flags in the long run..
If you want a professional fully accredited degree w/out becoming an attorney it is called a MA or MS in Legal Studies and can be obtained online from regionally accredited schools like Kaplan.