Concord Law School launched as the nation’s first wholly online law school in the fall of 1998 with an initial class of 33 students. Today, Concord serves approximately 1,000 students and has approximately 1,500 graduates. Concord’s pioneering proprietary learning management system supports all the functions of a traditional law school, while also providing a challenging and interactive curriculum. A typical Concord course includes live, real-time classes, video and audio streamed lectures as well as reading and writing assignments, quizzes and exams—all delivered in a paperless environment.
Concord’s four-year, part-time Juris Doctor (JD) degree program meets the legal education requirement of the State Bar of California, making graduates eligible to take the California Bar Exam. Concord’s relatively affordable annual tuition and online delivery provide an accessible alternative to a traditional legal education. The Law School also offers an Executive Juris Doctor (EJD ) program, a three-year, part-time program designed for students who plan to use their legal education to enhance their current career, but who do not intend to practice law. In 2010, Concord launched an online Small Business Practice LLM program designed for attorneys seeking in-depth, practical knowledge of the legal issues unique to small businesses.
Concord has also partnered with traditional law schools to provide its platform and expertise to launch online LLM and Master of Jurisprudence (MJ) programs in Health Law, in Children’s Law and Policy and Business and Corporate Governance Law with Loyola University Chicago School of Law; an Entertainment and Media Law LLM with Southwestern Law School; and an MJ in Indian Law with the University of Tulsa College of Law. Launching in 2013 is an MJ in Energy Law also with Tulsa.
Concord Law School merged with Kaplan University in 2007 to become the first fully online law school to be a part of a regionally accredited university. Kaplan University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).Concord is also separately accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC) and is registered as a Distance Learning Law School in the unaccredited category with the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California.
Concord Law School of Kaplan University is part of Kaplan Higher Education, a business unit of Kaplan, Inc., a leading international provider of educational and career services, and a subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company.