Law School Discussion

ALU

ALU
« on: December 06, 2014, 07:46:33 PM »
ALU makes a big claim it is  a "nationally accredited distance education program for the Juris Doctor degree."

http://www.alu.edu/lp/law-program.php

But when you read the "fine print" turns out they are talking about DETC.

http://www.alu.edu/lp/accreditation.php

Is DETC really the equivalent of regional accreditation?

http://www.alu.edu/blog/2012/10/myths-about-detc-accreditation/

Taft is also DETC and I have been able to have it recognized by SAQA and regionally accredited universities.


barprephero

Re: ALU
« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2014, 10:24:13 PM »
When online schools (of any kind) say Nationally Accredited OF COURSE they are talking about DETC. If they were Regional they'd say Regional. Concord through Kaplan being the only Regional online law school that I know of.

I don't think anyone will confuse "nationally accredited" with ABA if that is your worry (since its a non ABA school)

I agree that someone with no prior learning will assume national trumps regional. I thought that until I learned better. And most potential online students aren't the brightest bulbs, but they are straight forward with their facts so Caveat Emptor IMHO.

There are online ones that are not accredited by anyone (just "approved") so, DETC is a step above that at least.

Honestly if we are saying DETC isn't good enough, and many aren't even DETC, then what is actually being said is that only Concord is ok (that or that online shouldn't exist at all)

Factor in as well that many non law schools that are online are both regional and DETC both. Also factor in that "National Accrediting" is done on campus often also. Ave Maria only become regionally accredited in 2010 for example (before that it was only nationally accredited) And they were ABA during this time. So non regional is ok with the ABA-worth noting.