Taft Law School
|Taft Law School|
|Parent school||William Howard Taft University|
|School type||Private correspondence law school|
|Dean||Robert K. Strouse|
|Location||Santa Ana, CA, US|
|Bar pass rate||42% (5/12) (July 2012 1st time takers)|
|Website||Taft Law School|
Founded in 1976, Taft Law School, is operating through the Taft University System (William Howard Taft University), is a distance education, online-based law school based in Santa Ana, California. It offers Juris Doctor (J.D.) and Master of Laws (LL.M.) law degree programs and is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council. On June 7, 2008, the Commission extended its accreditation until 2013.
The California State Bar Committee of Bar Examiners has registered Taft Law School as an unaccredited correspondence law school. As such, its graduates are eligible to take the California General Bar Examination.
The school was accredited in 2003, re-accredited in 2008 (with a review scheduled for 2013) by the Distance Education and Training Council, an accreditation organization recognized by U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. The school has not sought approval by the American Bar Association.
Taft Law School is an institutional member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and American Council on Education (ACE). Taft Law School is also a member of the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI).
The Taft University System is an institutional member of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO).
Bar pass rates
Since the inception of the law school, 279 Taft graduates have taken the California Bar Examination. Of this group, 194 have passed the examination resulting in a cumulative pass rate of 69.5%.
- Jonathan Falwell (J.D. '05) – senior pastor at Thomas Road Baptist Church and son of Jerry Falwell (although he is not a licensed attorney in California)
- Orly Taitz (J.D. '02) – lawyer for the birther movement
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- The Committee of Bar Examiners classifies distance education law schools into two categories, “distance-learning law schools” and “correspondence law schools.” By rule, a “distance-learning law school” must require that students participate in not less than 135 hours of synchronous (live) interactive classes per year.
- DETC -- "Taft Law School", retrieved July 22, 2010
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- "ABA-Approved Law Schools by Year". ABA website. Retrieved April 1, 2011.
- "Student Disclosure Statement of Taft Law School Juris Doctor-Attorney Track Program" December 16, 2011
- "Meet the TRBC Team", at the Thomas Road Baptist Church website ("He also earned a law degree (Juris Doctor) in 2005 from William Howard Taft University in Santa Ana, California."), retrieved July 22, 2010
- California State Bar member records search
- California State Bar Member Record
- Lemons, Stephen (August 6, 2009). "Orly Taitz's Online Law Degree". Phoenix New Times. Retrieved August 24, 2009.