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taft law school
« on: March 31, 2009, 06:18:33 PM »
I am in florida. I have done research on the various distance law schools. Does any body have any experience with taft law school? any suggestions?

Re: taft law school
« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2009, 06:57:38 PM »
Taft is not accredited - avoid it like the plague.  In fact, the ABA does not accredit any distance learning programs...


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Re: taft law school
« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2009, 07:38:53 PM »
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« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2009, 09:05:55 PM »
all i did was read the subject of this thread,

so interpret my response based on that...

here goes:


Re: taft law school
« Reply #4 on: April 10, 2009, 12:32:37 PM »
From what I've read a law degree online simply does not allow you to take a bar exam.
So if you just want to put "JD" on your stationary, go for it.

Re: taft law school
« Reply #5 on: April 27, 2009, 09:22:17 PM »
Taft graduates are able to take the California Bar, and become fully registered CA attorneys.  I'm in my 2nd year at Taft, and it's pretty decent.  If you want to become a California attorney, and don't have the time or money for regular law school, it is a good option.

The only drawback is that to become an attorney, California makes you take a "Baby Bar" after the first year.  The pass rate is only about 20%.  So this is how California weeds out the non-accredited law school students.  The "Baby Bar" is a subset of the regular bar, but only covers Torts, Contracts, and Criminal law.  If you pass the "Baby Bar" (actual name "FYLSE"), then about 70% of the 4-year graduates ultimately pass the regular bar. 


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Re: taft law school
« Reply #6 on: April 28, 2009, 02:06:24 AM »
You live in Florida. Counting the coming of Ave Maria, there are 11 different schools in Florida of various calibers all over the place. There's no reason you can't go to a real law school in Florida.

Re: taft law school
« Reply #7 on: April 06, 2011, 01:11:27 AM »
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, 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:

Re: taft law school
« Reply #8 on: April 17, 2011, 06:16:49 PM »
I actually tried Taft.  I am in Georgia and there are only 5 law schools in the state and only 2 of them have evening programs.  Didn't get into either.

So... I tried Taft.  Terrible!  When I would brief a case and get a 3/4 on it, I would want to know what went wrong.  That is only 75%.  I would get some canned answer as if the teacher was responding without even knowing who I was or what I wrote.

I have 20 years in the legal profession, an Associates in Paralegal, Bachelor in Business and a Masters in Law & Public Policy.  I am not dumb.

I just didn't think it was worth it and would not recommend online law school to anyone.

I am now looking at Birmingham School of Law in Alabama.  They have a weekend program and Birmingham is about 2.5 hours from Atlanta.  It is actually feesible to go there on the weekend.  They are not ABA approved, but that is not a concern for me.  I I am 45.  I am not going to start some big law career when and if I graduate law school

Re: taft law school
« Reply #9 on: January 18, 2012, 12:55:39 AM »
I disagree with the negative comments about Taft Law School. I currently attend and love it.