I think the student is required to take the FYLSE after the first year (or after the first 1 1/2 years, since they're part-tme). If they pass they can continue on to the second year. The CA bar requires the online/unaccredited school to certify that the student has completed something like 864 hours of instruction, divided into specific categories: a certain number of hours in torts, contracts, etc. This is the same requirement for applicants who study with an attorney or in judges' chambers.After that, the requirements are the same as any other applicant: pass the MPRE, positive C&F determination, pass the bar.BTW, the FYLSE is not typically required for students at CA accredited law schools unless they fail classes. Some (maybe all?) CA ABA schools require the FYLSE for re-admission if a student has been academically disqualified. If you look on the Calbar website you'll see a number of students from ABA schools taking the exam, but I don't know if that's required by the Calbar or if certain individual schools make it a requirement for re-admission. Anyone who has more specific info, please feel free to correct me!
I am under the impression the online schools are not state accredited, they are registered with the state. The state accredited law schools are not online.
Quote from: jonlevy on July 16, 2012, 09:34:57 AMI am under the impression the online schools are not state accredited, they are registered with the state. The state accredited law schools are not online.That's exactly right, the California state bar (like the ABA) will not accredit distance learning J.D. programs whether online or correspondance. The online schools have no specific programmatic accreditation, but in the case of Concord I think it has some kind of other distance learning-based accreditation. For the practice of law, however, only two kinds of accreditation matter: ABA or state bar. Unaccredited CA schools are "registered" with the state bar, but that's it. Graduates from CA state accredited (CBE) law schools can, as Cher1300 pointed out, take the bar in other states depending on the state's specific regulations. Sometimes they require 3-5 years practice, sometimes not, it varies. Many states, however, will not admit an online of otherwise unaccredited grad, period. It's one pretty big advantage the CBE schools have over online (along with no FYLSE requirement).
It is a huge difference, but not entirely correct. There are a few states which will allow distance learning graduates to take the state bar, though they may have practice requirements before allowing them to do so. This has been discussed ad nauseam on here - do a search.