The below policies apply to students enrolled in terms starting after March 22, 2017. All other students should refer to Prior Concord Policies and Courses.
You must complete Concord's online admissions tests. The Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) is not required; however, if you have taken that test, you may also submit those scores.
If you have earned a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution approved by the State Bar of California, or if you have earned a bachelor’s degree from an institution accredited by an accrediting organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (such as the Distance Education and Accrediting Commission) and have met the prelegal education requirements of the State Bar of California, you may be considered. In addition to Concord's admissions requirements, you must also meet the statutory requirements for prelegal education required by California law and State Bar rules. In general, you must have a 3.0 or better cumulative GPA from your undergraduate work.
You must provide an unofficial copy of your transcript that shows completion of a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution acceptable to the State Bar of California. Applicants with a non-U.S. bachelor’s degree and a graduate degree from an accredited U.S. institution may apply with an official transcript of the graduate
degree. Applicants with a non-U.S. bachelor’s degree may also provide a course-by-course evaluation prepared by a credential evaluation service approved by the State Bar of California.
By the 45th day of the first term, you must submit an official transcript showing completion of a bachelor’s degree to the Registrar’s Office. Failure to comply with this deadline will result in withdrawal from your program and blocked reentry until an official transcript is provided.
You must complete a telephone interview, which is crucial to determining your motivation, desire to succeed, and suitability for distance learning. Your completed application and admissions file is then reviewed and decided by the School's Admissions Committee, or its designee, who will decide whether to admit you to the program.
If you have completed your undergraduate and/or graduate study outside the United States, you must have your study evaluated by a credential evaluation service approved by the Committee of Bar Examiners and must demonstrate English proficiency. Such proficiency may be demonstrated by having earned a TOEFL score of 550/213/80 or higher or completion of at least 2 years of college-level study within the United States. All courses offered are conducted in English. You must be able to speak, read, and write English fluently. English abilities will be determined through the School's interview and application process.
Concord Admissions Advisors are available to provide additional information on Concord's admission requirements. For more information about the requirements of the State Bar of California, contact it directly at 213.765.1500 or via its website at http://www.calbar.ca.gov.
Application for Readmission
If you wish to return to Concord after withdrawing or having been dismissed, contact the Admissions Department for application documents.
If you withdrew from your program or were withdrawn for nonattendance or other nonacademic reasons, you may apply for readmission and enroll in a term that begins a minimum of 6 months from the date of withdrawal. If you are not in good academic standing, you must submit a written appeal to return that addresses the following:
- Explain the extenuating circumstances that caused your inability to meet the satisfactory academic progress standards, and
- Explain the corrective actions you have taken to ensure academic success if the appeal is granted.
If your appeal is approved, your return date is at the discretion of the Associate Dean and will be confirmed with your appeal approval. If you are appealing to return to the JD program and your appeal is approved, but it is not evident that the lack of academic progress was due to extenuating circumstances, you may enroll in a term that begins a minimum of 24 months from the date of dismissal, according to State Bar of California Guidelines for Unaccredited Law Schools Rules, Guideline 5.34, and you will be academically ineligible for Title IV financial aid until you regain good academic standing.
As part of the admission process to Concord Law School at Kaplan University, you are required to attest to certain competencies in the use of technology, have access to a computer, and meet the hardware and software requirements. Refer to the Concord Technical Requirements page for details.
Some courses may have additional software and hardware requirements, which are outlined in the course materials.
The Concord experience begins with a thorough orientation to the study of law and the online learning environment. Orientation is a nonmandatory, three-module course in which you will learn how to navigate the online platform, how to access resources available at Concord, and basic legal terminology to help you build a good foundation as you set out on your law school journey.
Many law students start their law school career with little knowledge of the legal system, what is expected of them, or how to get the most from their studies. The course provides an introduction to the skills necessary for a successful start and the background and context that are important for first-year studies at Concord.
As a first-term student admitted to the JD or EJD program, you will be enrolled into a specific Fundamentals course depending on your requested term's start date. Once enrolled, you will receive a robust orientation to Concord and the study of law within a cohort-based online program. The course modules and assignments mirror what you will experience in your first-term courses. You are expected to complete this program prior to the start of your first term. The Fundamentals Program is not available if you are accepting advanced standing admission to Concord.
Deferment of Start Date
You are accepted for a specific term, for example, January or June. After acceptance, but before you complete the orientation, you may request to defer your start date to the next term.
A deferral may be approved prior to the end of the first week of the term. After the first week of the term, you are subject to the Withdrawal Policy.
Deferrals are granted with the understanding that you must begin your studies the next term.
- Example 1. If you are a first-year student accepted for the September term, a deferral may be requested to start the following January, which is the start of the next term.
- Example 2. If you are an upper-division student starting in January, a deferral may be requested to start in July, which is the start of the next term.