Yeah, but how much do those FL law schools cost? I think money is a big reason someone might want to go to an online school. At $7,920.00 per year, it's affordable. Not to mention the fact that one can do it while working or while abroad.
Ok, I did some research on this. I hope it clears up the accreditation question.
Taft Law School is accredited through the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council. This is the national accrediting body that accredits distance learning schools, allowing them to legally bestow degrees to their students. This accreditation body is 100% legitimate and recognized by the U.S. government. If you go to FAFSA.org, and type in "Taft" you will see "Taft University System" (of which Taft Law School is a part) show up. This is evidence that it is a legitimate, accredited school. It also means you are eligible for Federal Student Loans to take courses with them (and most of the distance learning law schools do not have that option).
Taft Law School, along with any online Law program is not ABA accredited. That's correct. The ABA doesn't recognize online law schools. I suspect the reason for this is that it is because it is run by lawyers, and they want to keep up the mystique and privilege about becoming an attorney. ABA accreditation, however, has no substantial purpose other than allowing a student to sit the bar exam
. It is a prerequisite to sit the bar in most states - expect in California. California (gotta love it) doesn't require ABA accreditation to sit the bar.
Thus, theoretically, you attend a non-ABA accredited school, get a J.D., and still be admitted to the bar in California...but just because it is not ABA-accredited, does not mean that it is not accredited. It IS an accredited school in the eyes of the U.S. government.
Hope that helped!
If you want more info, then the most helpful article I've read are these: http://www.elearners.com/guide/online-colleges-universities-and-schools/regional-accreditation-vs-national-accreditation/http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Bar_Association