How To Get A Law Degree Online
If you want to get a law degree (J.D.), but don't want to go to class, you should learn about how to get a law degree online. Many adults choose distance education instead of a traditional classroom setting if they have children or a full time job, or they just learn better outside a classroom setting. It is possible to get a J.D. online, but you should know that the American Bar Association does not recognize any online law schools. If you want a high paying job or if you want to practice law in a state other than California, an online Law Degree might not be a good option for you. Here are some tips for getting a law degree online:
To get a law degree, you'll need:
- Access to a computer
- Access to the Internet
- Choose a Law School. It is best if you can choose a Law school that doesn't solely exist vis-a-vis the Internet. Some examples of online law schools include Taft Law School, Concord Law School and Kaplan University.
- Get a Bachelor's Degree. Yes, even online law schools have standards. Most (not all) online law degree granting institutions require prospective students to have completed a Bachelor's degree. All require that you have completed at least 66 term credits (the equivalent of two years of college).
- Make sure the Law School you choose is nationally accredited. The distance education and training council has a list of law schools that are "legitimate." You can find a list of accredited schools on their Website at detc.org. Avoid advertisements that promise a law degree in "just one week," for example.
- Consider moving to California. In order to become a practicing lawyer, you have to take (and pass) the bar exam. The bar exam is a comprehensive examination of everything your learned in law school; it is administered by the American Bar Association and you need to pass it to become a licensed attorney. The caveat is that California is the only state that will allow you to take the bar exam with an online law degree.
- Consider using your Law Degree for a different profession. Having a J.D. can enhance your reputation and it can increase your knowledge of business. Before you decide to get a law degree online, consider what you want the outcome to be.