Abraham Lincoln University

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Abraham Lincoln University School of Law
Motto "Care, Connect, Create"
Established 1996[1]
School type Private law school
Dean Hyung Park
Location Los Angeles, CA, US
Coordinates: 34°03′41″N 118°18′04″W / 34.06139°N 118.30111°W / 34.06139; -118.30111
Faculty 10 Full-time; 7 Adjunct
Bar pass rate 43.0% cumulative since 1999[2]
Website Abraham Lincoln University

Abraham Lincoln University (ALU) and Abraham Lincoln University School of Law is an accredited online school based in Los Angeles, California, offering degrees at all levels. Abraham Lincoln University is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education Accrediting Commission.[3] ALU School of Law is registered with the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California in the unaccredited distance learning school category.[4][5] Students may attend class in person or online.


Abraham Lincoln University School of Law is registered with the Committee of Bar Examiners (CBE) of the State Bar of California as an unaccredited distance learning law school. ALU’s authority to grant a Juris Doctor (J.D.), which qualifies graduates to take the California Bar Examination, is through the Committee of Bar Examiners. Students must take and pass the California First-Year Law Students' Examination ("Baby Bar") after their first year of legal study to advance on to more advanced legal courses.

Upon the completion of required classes, students are awarded a Juris Doctor (J.D.) law degree and are eligible to sit for the California Bar Examination.[6]

Abraham Lincoln University is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission. The Accrediting Commission is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a recognized accrediting agency and is a member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.[3]

Hybrid Online Learning[edit]

Students may attend class in one of four ways: in person on campus (in the Mid-Wilshire section of Los Angeles); online via live lectures; online via archived recorded lectures; or a hybrid of in-person and online. Classes are archived online for review during each class. Students have access to lectures 24/7. Students and professors also participate in online discussion boards.[7]


Abraham Lincoln University offers online Associate, Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate degrees, plus diplomas and certificates, in Law, Criminal Justice, Paralegal Studies, Business Administration, General Studies, and Information Technology, among other fields.[8] ALU is also works with Advanced Security Concepts, Inc., so that students may earn security certificates while working toward a degree.

Community Work[edit]

Abraham Lincoln University offers free law clinics to women in need of legal advice at the Downtown Women's Center, a homeless shelter in Los Angeles. These include a forthcoming divorce clinic and an ongoing expungement clinic to help reduce recidivism rates.[9] Law students are encouraged to volunteer.[10]


Abraham Lincoln University faculty include practicing lawyers and professionals in the field. Some of the institutions that faculty members come from include Stanford University, UCLA, University of California, Berkeley, and Loyola.[11]

Bar pass rate[edit]

Cumulatively, as of July 2015, 386 graduates have sat for the General California Bar Examination since 1999 and 166 (43.0%) have passed the exam.[12]


ALU was founded by Hyung J. Park, a tax attorney and graduate of Loyola Law School, in 1996.[6] Classes initially were held in a conference room in his office. Park named his school after Abraham Lincoln partly because Lincoln had taught himself law.


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