Hi, I have been in contact with Taft admissions for the last couple of days. Their telecommunications programs offers one e-classroom meeting a month in which students get to ask questions about any of the subjects being taught. The rest of the learning apparently happens through video and audio lectures. They use moodle as their platform and end of the year testing happens at a location near the student. Given this format I am surprised that Taft graduates have been able to achieve a relatively high bar passage rate. According to Taft's site, their cumulative passage rate is about 70 percent which sounds kind of high in comparison to ABA approved schools like Western, Golden Gate, Chapman and Thomas Jefferson. I really need to make a decision between Taft and ALU because I want to start in January. I just thought I'd post that info in case others were wondering.
I have a friend attending Taft--he will sit for the FYLSE in June 12 so that will be interesting if he passes it or not. I also have a colleague who went to Concord, she failed the FYLSE 3 times (even after the assistance of a tutor) she came into the school with an MBA from Columbia--law wasn't her strong point so she opted for the EJD. I chose California School of Law for the cost and the live class experience. The big downside isn't necessarily the professors (a couple sucked) but the other students. With the Socratic method one is expected to not only read the cases but to brief as well--in large brick and mortar schools that are filled with 50+ students there is a chance of not being called on, yet with small classrooms with more like 20, hands down without fail half of them were not prepared. Complaints such as "Sorry professor there were too many pages to read" or "sorry professor I had too much to drink tonight" "sorry professor maybe next time". I am not kidding, it was frustrating because those students wasted class time with questions. The professors were always suggesting they spend the time reading, and don't get it the first time read again, then again--read E&E if you don't get it but make an effort! I am actually now in a position since I passed the FYLSE to consider a transfer--I began looking at American Heritage University. It appears many of the professors jumped ship from Abraham Lincoln SOL--at least their website isn't ghetto plus they offer evidence for 16 weeks not this 6 week BS. The other thing of interest is the cost, $4,000 less than CSOL. Its up in the air now, but I am keeping my eye on the school and I may call one of the professors since he taught my FYLSE review. Bottom line, no matter where you go you have to put in so much time with studying and teaching yourself--you can't expect law to be spoon fed to you, so it really depends on how disciplined you are and how much effort you put forth in understanding it.
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