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Taft Law School in Southern CA
Taft Law School is a freestanding institution as of 2008. It is America’s oldest nationally accredited distance learning law school. This has not always been the case however, as the entity formally operated as part of William Howard Taft University. Currently the law school is one of two, private postsecondary educational institutions operating in the Taft University System.
From what I’ve read, while researching this article, there are a lot questions regarding the creditability of this law school. According to the school’s official website (http://www.taftu.edu/TLS/index.htm ):
Taft Law School, through The Taft University System, is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC). On June 7, 2008 the Commission voted to extend its accreditation until 2013. This action was taken after consideration of an extensive self-study prepared by The Taft University System and the report of a site visitation team that included representatives of both regionally and American Bar Association accredited schools. The five-year extension is the maximum permissible under DETC standards. This is verifiable on the DETC website. I was also able to find a positive quote that comes from a law based forum called LawSchoolDiscussion.org:
Taft graduates are able to take the California Bar, and become fully registered CA attorneys. I’m in my 2nd year at Taft, and it’s pretty decent. If you want to become a California attorney, and don’t have the time or money for regular law school, it is a good option.
The only drawback is that to become an attorney, California makes you take a “Baby Bar” after the first year. The pass rate is only about 20%. So this is how California weeds out the non-accredited law school students. The “Baby Bar” is a subset of the regular bar, but only covers Torts, Contracts, and Criminal law. If you pass the “Baby Bar” (actual name “FYLSE “), then about 70% of the 4-year graduates ultimately pass the regular bar.
Contact Taft Law School
The school is conveniently located a couple blocks off of the 405 San Diego Freeway. Look for the IKEA Costa Mesa at the freeway exits. The facility is on South Susan Street, between Harbor Blvd and Fairview Rd.
Some landmarks in the area you might look for are Galaxy Concert Theather and the Courtyard Costa Mesa South Coast Metro. Also a few blocks away from Segerstrom High School and Wimbleton Park.
I m a 4th year Taft student. I have been satisfied with the program, but it is not for everyone. If you can go to a traditional ABA school, that is preferable. I am an older student with other degrees and my current work takes me out of the country, so Taft was the right choice for me. I passed the FYSLE on my first attempt and will sit for the Cal Bar next year. Taft gives you all the tools you need to succeed, the structure, and sufficient feedback, but the real learning and practice are yours to do. In a DL law program, you have to be extremely motivated and self-disciplined to learn the law and its proper application to the facts – even more so, I think, than in a traditional law school. Good luck.
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After years of being on-hands with labor relations and possessing an advanced working knowledge of employment laws, I decided to pursue a Doctorate Law degree. I applied to Taft and was accepted. I currenly have my own grant consulting business and I often encounter legal issues, so I decided to apply for the Juris Doctor Executive Program. As I have no desire to practice law, I feel that the degree will compliment my grant business and position me to be more competitive in the grant arena as I must be abreast of the latest real estate laws, contract laws, property laws and employment laws.
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