More than 40 percent of Concord's graduates have already earned a graduate degree, including nine MBA, five Ph.D., and four MD degree holders. These accomplished professionals included small business owners, college professors, a surgeon and an engineer who was in Afghanistan serving in the Army Reserves for much of his third year of law school (a quote from A. Miller at the 2010 graduation ceremony).
For those of you that think the online is not the way to go, I beg to differ. I have had attorneys tell me they wish they had the opportunity and the smaller loan bill. I have had hiring partners tell me they don't care if the school is ABA, don't care about GPA's, if you go to a school, pass the Cal Bar and you have a brain for presenting yourself on paper, you'll land that interview and become an attorney. I choose not to waste money that I could spend on better things than some school that gives me the same opportunity to sit for the BAR exam. Lastly, I know for a fact that the brick and mortar NON ABA accredited school in Chico has produced at least two DEPUTY DA's for Butte county. Those that discriminate about whether a school is ABA or not ABA don't want change and are not prepared for the next step, schools that are online are more efficient and can give the SAME education with out the high education expense costing our country and our citizens. California is doing a fabulous job of turning out some pretty darn good lawyers from nonABA schools and to say that you better go to an ABA if you want to be a Deputy DA is hogwash..
The first lecturer for Concord in 1998 was Arthur Miller a well known professor from Harvard Law School! I love his civil procedure lectures and my degree, my education and my future career as a lawyer may very well be better than most brick and mortar schools because of the lecturers that are at my school.
Lastly, if you work in a law office ANYWHERE and want to go another route, 2 years of college course work, under instruction of an attorney you can become eligible to sit for the FYLSE and every 6 months submit the required report to the CA bar. After Passing the FYLSE and completing the study requirements a person may sit for the Bar Exam and upon Passing the BAR without EVERY having gone to ANY law school or correspondence program that person can become a lawyer. Just think, just the cost of time and expense of books! Sounds like Abe Lincoln, except he did his studies in a log cabin.
Oh and if you think large law firms don't look at our resumes, think again! They are looking at all and will even offer internships to those they feel are qualified to join their staff. I work for on of the largest law firms in the NW and they don't descriminate, most law firms don't. Only a few attorneys say that they wouldn't hire someone from an online program so they can see their name in the paper.
The last article is the best, Heather Brown graduated, passed the bar and is a long beach prosecutor! ONLINE ROCKS
I don't think anyone is saying online or non ABA can't be done. Just from what I've noticed in the LA area, the competition has been so fierce over the last couple of years that grads from the higher ranked ABA schools are taking those PD/DA jobs that were initially taken first by CBE grads, then online grads. I recommend CBE over online because only about 25 - 30% of the students that take FYLSE pass and the pass rate for retakers is even lower. http://admissions.calbar.ca.gov/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=I4HxJJNgGJE%3d&tabid=2269&mid=3159
CBE students do not have to take the baby bar and it's half the price of ABA. Of course, one can be successful online, it's just more difficult to compete these days. If you have a graduate degree and entrepeneurial skills, then online is perfect. I just wanted to make it clear to the OP that PD and DA jobs have been much more difficult to get especially in the LA area over the last couple of years. (I'm not sure where he is from)
I agree there is no one size fits all, but there was a hiring freeze for those jobs for almost two years. So no graduate from any shcool could even apply. This is also around the time when law suits started popping up against the lower tiered ABA schools for falsifying employment statistics.
Btw, Legend, you are correct. I am a student at Western State, and even I have gotten a lot of grief for going to a tier 4 school. It's only until I explain that I have an internship lined up and a job waiting for me when I graduate that people are semi-ok with it. I say "semi" because there are still suspicions as to whether or not I'll be successful. I would have much rather gone to a CBE and am still considering it, but I also plan to take the bar in Massachusetts and do not want to wait 3-5 years to do that. That being said, I like my shcool. The students are great and the class sizes are small so access to professors was easier, which I wanted my first year.