Taft Law School

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Taft Law School
William Howard Taft University seal.png
Parent school William Howard Taft University
Established 1976[1]
School type Private Law school[2]
Dean Robert K. Strouse
Location Santa Ana, CA, US
Faculty 73 [3]
USNWR ranking Not Ranked - Unaccredited by the ABA
Bar pass rate 0% (0/6) (July 2015 1st time takers)[4]
Website Taft Law School

Founded in 1976, and operating through the Taft University System (William Howard Taft University), Taft Law School 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.

The California State Bar Committee of Bar Examiners has registered Taft Law School as a "registered unaccredited correspondence law school."[5] As such, its graduates must pass the First-Year Law Students' Examination (Baby Bar) in order to be eligible to take the California General Bar Examination.[6][7]

Accreditation History[edit]

The school was accredited in 2003, and re-accredited in 2013 (with a review scheduled for 2018) by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission.[8]

The school is not accredited by the American Bar Association or the State Bar of California.[5][9]

Affiliations[edit]

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[edit]

Over the past ten administrations of the California State Bar Examination, 199 graduates have taken the exam and 43 have passed (a pass rate of 21.6%).[10]

In recent years, the school has performed abysmally on the examination. In July 2015, 6 graduates took the California Bar Examination for the first time and none passed. In the administration of the same exam 15 graduates were repeat takers, and only one individual passed.[11] In February 2015, a total of 21 graduates took the exam (15 repeat takers) and only 7 passed.[12] In July 2014, 22 graduates took the exam (11 repeat takers) and 3 passed.[13]

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Taft University System". Taft University System. 
  2. ^ "Registered Unaccredited Correspondence Law Schools in California". State Bar of California. 
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ "General Statistics Report: July 2015 California Bar Examination" (PDF). State Bar of California. February 27, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "Registered Unaccredited Correspondence Law Schools in California". State Bar of California. 
  6. ^ "Registered Unaccredited Correspondence Law Schools in California" (PDF). State Bar of California. 
  7. ^ The Committee of Bar Examiners classifies distance education law schools into two categories: "registered unaccredited distance learning law schools" and "registered unaccredited correspondence law schools." By rule, a "registered unaccredited distance-learning law school" must require that students participate in not less than 135 hours of synchronous (live) interactive classes per year.
  8. ^ DEAC -- "Taft Law School", retrieved September 14, 2015
  9. ^ "ABA-Approved Law Schools by Year". ABA website. Retrieved April 1, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Student Disclosure Statement of Taft Law School Juris Doctor-Attorney Track Program" September 16, 2016
  11. ^ "GENERAL STATISTICS REPORT JULY 2015 CALIFORNIA BAR EXAMINATION" December 17, 2015
  12. ^ "GENERAL STATISTICS REPORT FEBRUARY 2015 CALIFORNIA BAR EXAMINATION" JUNE 25, 2015
  13. ^ "GENERAL STATISTICS REPORT JULY 2014 CALIFORNIA BAR EXAMINATION" DECEMBER 18, 2014
  14. ^ "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 (although he is not a licensed attorney in California California State Bar member records search)
  15. ^ California State Bar Member Record
  16. ^ Lemons, Stephen (August 6, 2009). "Orly Taitz's Online Law Degree". Phoenix New Times. Retrieved August 24, 2009. 

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