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. http://rules.calbar.ca.gov/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=-2KV5j0w6Cw%3d&tabid=1227
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.http://www.usnews.com/education/best-graduate-schools/top-law-schools/articles/2012/06/07/online-law-degrees-face-hung-juryhttp://www.usatodayeducate.com/staging/index.php/blog/is-your-45000-a-year-degree-is-getting-the-last-laughhttp://www.lawjobs.com/newsandviews/LawArticle.jsp?id=1202425745957&slreturn=1&hbxlogin=1
The last article is the best, Heather Brown graduated, passed the bar and is a long beach prosecutor! ONLINE ROCKS