Wednesday, June 24, 2009

First law grad from online law school admitted to Massachusetts bar

A student who graduated from the unaccredited Concord Law School, which is an online law school, recently won the right to be admitted to the Massachusetts bar after successfully challenging that rule that required a degree from an ABA accredited law school.

The student, 57 year old Ross Mitchell, said he made the decision to attend Concord due to cost - $38K versus $100K (at least) for a brick and mortar education. Mitchell is also a member of the California bar which doesn't require applicants to have graduated from an ABA accredited school.

The Boston Herald is reporting the story here but a big 'ol hat tip to our good buddies at Above the Law for pointing us to it.

What, if anything, does this suggest about the future of legal education and/or the pressure on certain law schools to deliver a cost effective "product?"

I am the scholarship dude.

(jbl)

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Also do not foget Concords recent second place finish is the National Moot Court competition in DC. The team only lost to Stanford.

When will the old school realize that changes need to be made at the ABA regarding schools an accredidation?

You can have a student who barely made an acceptable LSAT score, attend a bottom of the barrel ABA school graduate from that ABA school with a 2.1, fail the bar in multiple states and still be afforded the opportunity to take the bar in any state (multiple times if they wish) just because of their ABA school graduation.

At the same time you can have a person who has a family, job or other reasons that prevent them from going to a brick and mortar ABA school, come out of their B.S. degree with a 3.8, then get a Masters degree with a 3.9, score high on the LSAT, acheive a 3.9 at Concord, have access to the same law libraries as ABA students, pass the California bar on the first try with an excellent score be told that they are not good enough to take the bar because Concord cannot be ABA since they are an online school or that they have to have 10 years of post graduate full time legal experience to be considered okay enough to take the bar.

It is about time to realize that we are in the 21st century, that schools are not just worthly because they have office space, 1500 seats in a library, etc. It is about time to realize that there are now cutting edge technologies that can deliver the same educational opportunities.

So how about the ABA finally look just at the curriculum and faculty qualifications and stop counting chairs.

They might just find that their methods for measuring schools has become outdated.

Posted by: Future Law Student | Jun 26, 2009 9:18:47 AM

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