whats the Likelihood of CA Online Law schools being accepted in the future?

Discussion in 'Accreditation Discussions (RA, DETC, state approva' started by fretbrner, Dec 18, 2011.

  1. fretbrner

    fretbrner New Member


    I was just wondering what is the likelihood of Concord, NWCU, TAFT and the rest being accepted by the rest of the 49 states to be eligible to take the bar straight away in the next 5 or 10 years?

    It has taken about 10 years or so for online degrees to really be accepted by employers. I was just wondering, since so much can be done online learning by motivated students, will the ABA ever start accepting CA online degrees, or other online JB degrees from other states? I mean if you can pass the CA bar with just an online degree, why shouldn't it be accepted? If you can understand law, and have a proper education, what separates you from someone who went to Harvard or Yale? The only difference is the environment and maybe the experience and Uni professors that you are learning from.

    I know the short answer is money and politics within the ABA and university system itself is what prevents this from happening.

    I am hoping the case in MA recently will start happening over the country and in a few years individual state bars will ease this, as will the ABA.

    I also realize that there are online CA law schools and correspondence schools. I still fail to see the difference. New York Bar seems to accept CA JD's with 5 years experience if they went to an accredited online school but not correspondence.

    "520.5 Study of Law in Law School and Actual Practice

    (a) General. An applicant who has studied law in any law school in any other state or territory of the United States or in the District of Columbia, other than a law school which grants credit for correspondence courses, and has received a degree from such law school which qualifies such applicant to practice law in such state, territory or in the District of Columbia, may qualify to take the New York State bar examination by submitting to the New York State Board of Law Examiners satisfactory proof"


    Law degrees obtained by way of correspondence, external, internet or self study do not qualify an individual to take the New York bar examination."

    But then it reads this. Which rule out all the previous listed schools.

    Now I do realize that they don't want lawyers who graduate from Degree mills to be sitting the bars, but still feel, if you do the time at an accredited online CA school and can pass the bar, then you should by all accounts be able to sit a bar anywhere else.

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