Legal studies online graduate, Chris Kouboulakis, didn’t face skepticism about his credentials when he interviewed for his job in the Santa Clara County district attorney’s office.
I thought they would be negative,” the former environmental engineer said to the Los Angeles Times, “but they’ve been great.”
Like many of the other graduates, Kouboulakis, a stay-at-home dad, said internet was his only option for law school.
Legal studies online work for people who can’t:
- afford a traditional law school
- pull up stakes and move to a a traditional law school
- quit their job to study during typical law school hours
- abandon parental duties but want to study at night
In the video, practicing family attorney Larry David discusses how his education at Concord Law School equaled–and exceeded–traditional law schools.
To be sure, legal studies online presents extra difficulties:
- Many states don’t allow legal studies online students to take the bar, so you either have to pass California’s bar first and then try in your local state or you take the online classes only to compliment your current career.
- Traditional law firms look first at students who attend brick and mortar schools.
Why, if other areas of study have embraced the online option, has law education been so resistant? Part of the answer lies in simply protecting turf. The American Bar Association, which accredits schools, has a whole host of rules that favor, not the law student, but the law professor (maximum hourly teaching limits, high wages and perks for professors, etc.). In theory, these rules assure quality. In reality, they are excessive and stifle competition. They also make it impossible for law schools to charge anything but the highest tuition.