Concord Law School

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Concord Law School at Purdue University Global
Concord Law School Logo 2012.jpg
MottoThe best law school may be the one that comes to you.
Parent schoolPurdue University Global
School typePrivate, Online University Law School Concord Law School is not accredited by the American Bar Association and has not sought approval by the ABA
DeanMartin Pritikin
LocationLos Angeles, CA, US
Bar pass rate29% (July 2018 first-time takers)[1]

Concord Law School (formerly known as Concord University School of Law),[2] is an online law school based in Los Angeles, California. It is currently known as Concord Law School at Purdue University Global and is one of several schools within Purdue University Global, which is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.[3] All lecture and study sessions are delivered entirely from a secure website on the Internet.[4] Established in 1998, Concord Law School was the United States' first fully online law school.


Origins (1998-2007)[edit]

In October 1998, 33 students began the exclusively online program.[5] By July 2006, 100 students had passed the California Bar.

Kaplan University (2007-2018)[edit]

The merger of Concord into Kaplan University in late 2007 made Concord the first online law school to be part of a regionally accredited university.[6][7] As the first fully online law school in the United States, the concept of Concord initially drew criticism from the legal establishment, including U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.[8]

In June 2016, Martin Pritikin joined Concord Law School as its dean.[9]

Purdue University Global (2018-present)[edit]

In 2017, Purdue University, a public university based in Indiana, announced the acquisition of Kaplan University with the aim of making a nonprofit institution and a new online university, Purdue University Global. The acquisition was completed in March 2018 and as a result, the university is now known as Purdue University Global. However, for-profit Kaplan Higher Education still has a 30-year contract to serve Purdue Global. [10]

Accreditation status[edit]

Concord is registered with the Committee of Bar Examiners of the California State Bar as an unaccredited law school. Because of the law school's status as an unaccredited distance learning law school by the State Bar,[1] Concord students must take and pass California's First-year Law Students' Examination (FYLSE), colloquially called the "Baby Bar," after their first year of law study. Students may progress to advanced law courses and eventually sit for California's State Bar Examination once they have passed the Baby Bar.[1][6] Concord Law School is not accredited by the American Bar Association and has not sought approval by the ABA.[11]


The Concord Law School lists 19 faculty: four deans, six professors, and nine adjuncts.[12] Faculty and lecturers at Concord are also professors at larger programs at major universities or are in private practice or corporate employment.[citation needed]

Degrees offered[edit]

Concord offers two Juris Doctor (J.D.) law degrees. The recipients of the regular J.D. degree who pass the California Bar Examination and otherwise meet the California State Bar requirements are admitted to the bar and can practice law in California. California bar licensees may practice in most federal courts outside of California, and may work as in-house counsel in out-of-state corporations, among other roles. Recipients of the Executive Juris Doctor (E.J.D.) are not eligible to take the bar examination.

The J.D. program is a 92-unit, four-year program. Students are required to complete at least 22-24 units of coursework between 48 and 52 consecutive weeks each year. Graduates of this program meet the legal education requirement of the Committee of Bar Examiners, State Bar of California and may apply for admission to the State Bar of California.[13]

The Executive J.D. (E.J.D.) degree is a 72-unit, three-year program.[citation needed]It is designed for executives, administrators and professionals in various fields who seek graduate-level training in law but do not wish to practice.


Tuition at Concord Law School is approximately $47,748 for its four-year JD program (compared to the average three-year program tuition of $144,913 (Californina residents) and $149,512 (non-residents) for California ABA accredited law schools).[citation needed]

Bar pass rate[edit]

Concord's pass rate for the July 2018 sitting of the California bar exam was 29% for first-time takers and 9% for repeat takers, compared to 55% and 16% overall pass rates, respectively.[14]


Concord’s website reads, ‘’Concord Law School cannot guarantee employment or career advancement,’’ and no employment information is provided.[15] With a few notable exceptions, graduates cannot practice law outside the State of California.

In November 2008, Ross Mitchell, a 2004 Concord graduate who had been admitted to the California bar, sued for and won the right to take the Massachusetts bar exam, which is normally open only to graduates of ABA accredited law schools. In a 6-1 decision, the state's Supreme Judicial Court ruled for Mitchell, citing his excellent law school record and the ability to represent himself and properly present his case. The court also ruled on equitable grounds, noting that under the ABA standards it would have been impossible for Concord to have received accreditation, regardless of the quality of its educational offerings.[16][17] Mitchell subsequently passed the Massachusetts bar exam in February 2009.[18]


  1. ^ a b c "The State Bar of California: Law Schools". Retrieved 2019-07-29.
  2. ^ "Concord Law School History". Retrieved 2010-02-02.
  3. ^ Higher Learning Commission. "Statement of Accreditation Status: Purdue University Global". Retrieved 2019-07-29.
  4. ^ Online Law Schools Have Yet to Pass the Bar March 23, 2011
  5. ^ "History: Concord Law School in Review". Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  6. ^ a b Law School Accreditation Archived 2011-11-04 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Concord Law School Merges with Kaplan U., The Chronicle of Higher Education, October 30, 2007
  8. ^ Mintz, Howard (November 15, 1999). "Law school online Establishment skeptical about digital degrees; advocates site independent-study tradition of Abe Lincoln". San Jose Mercury News. Archived from the original on October 6, 2000.
  9. ^ "Concord Law School Appoints Martin Pritikin as Dean | Business Wire". Retrieved 2017-01-09.
  10. ^
  11. ^ "ABA-Approved Law Schools by Year". ABA website. Retrieved April 1, 2011.
  12. ^ "Concord Faculty: Distinguished Credentials. Responsive Support". Concord Law School, Purdue University Global. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  13. ^ Concord Law School Catalog Archived 2010-10-11 at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ The State Bar of California Office of Admissions. "General Statistics Report, July 2018 California Bar Examination" (PDF). Retrieved 2019-07-29.
  15. ^ "Concord Law School Purdue University Global". Purdue University Global, Inc. Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  16. ^ Court win for online law school grad Archived 2011-07-21 at the Wayback Machine, California Bar Journal, January 2009
  17. ^ Ross E. Mitchell v. Board of Bar Examiners, no. SJC-10157, Supreme Judicial Court, Massachusetts, September 3, 2008
  18. ^ "First Online Law Grad to Make Mass. Lawyer"

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