Taft is DETC accredited, which (while not regional) is better than nothing - some of the online schools have no legitimate accreditation. I work for state government, in my experience the precedence for consideration for those legal positions which do not require admittance to the bar is as follows:1) B&M ABA accredited law degree and bar passage.2) B&M accredited (not ABA) law degree and bar passage3) B&M ABA accredited law degree without bar4) Online accredited (not ABA) law degree and bar passage5) B&M accredited (not ABA) law degree without bar6) Online accredited (not ABA) law degree without bar7) Any law degree without any accreditation and without bar (generally not even recognized)For positions requiring admittance to the bar (assuming otherwise bar eligible):1) B&M ABA accredited law degree and bar passage.2) B&M accredited (not ABA) law degree and bar passage3) Online accredited (not ABA) law degree and bar passageEducation not acceptable for positions requiring admittance to the bar (even if otherwise bar eligible):1) B&M ABA accredited law degree without bar2) B&M accredited (not ABA) law degree without bar3) Online accredited (not ABA) law degree without bar4) Any law degree without any accreditation, either with or without bar This just reflects my experience and talking to other working professionals in state government who have knowledge in this area – YMMV. Good luck in whatever you do.
Most government legal jobs will probably not consider graduates of either school. I recently worked a government law office in California and all of the recent hires were either former interns from ABA schools or experienced attorneys from ABA schools. Hiring is so competitive right now that government offices have the luxury of being very picky.If a Taft or Concord grad passed the baby bar, passed the bar, worked solo for, say, five years and built up lots of good trial and transactional experience, then applied to government job . . . well, maybe. Still a longshot. I would contact each school and ask how many graduates are working in government.I don't know where the OP is located, but many ABA and all CBE school offer part-time programs for students who work full time. I started law school in my early thirties with a family, a mortgage, the works. I'll graduate from an ABA part-time program in a few weeks. It is a grind, but it can be done!
The five year game plan is, in actuality, what some state bar agencies require before they will allow a JD grad of an online school to even take their exam.Don't knock government jobs. Most federal agencies require some pretty hefty credentials.