Online Law Student wrote:I am an online law student. I have "kinda" made a comparative study of the eleven correspondence and online law schools registered on the California State Bar website.
For some basic information about correspondence and online law schools, go to Wikipedia: Correspondence and Online Law Schools, at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Correspondence_law_school.
As the statistic set forth in this Wikipedia entry show, except for the students at one online law school, namely the California School of Law, the passage rates on the First Year Law Students' Exam ("baby bar") for students at the correspondence and online law schools are shockingly low. Indeed, the passage rates on the October 2008 baby bar were 10 % and 14 % at Abraham Lincoln and Concord, the two biggest online law schools. In contrast, for the California School of Law students who had taken the School's recommended, but not mandated baby bar exam prep course and who had taken the School's Legal Methods course, literally 100 % of its students taking the June "09 baby bar were successful. The apparent reason for this School's excellent baby bar passage rate is that it is the only online law school that has the technology to use the Socratic Method of instruction as it is used at the top prestigious law "residential lawschools. Go to http://www.californiaschooloflaw.com/ for more information.
In reply to "Woozy" whose comments about the statistics are below, he or she is confused. The data is 100 % clear, both on the website and in the Wikipedia article: six students from the California School of Law took the June "09 baby bar and four passed. The only faiures were two students who had not taken the School's prep course or the School's legal method course.
As to the pejorative comments below by "Voice of Reason about job prospects for online law students, this will not be the case for California School of Law gradiuates because the School already is getting a reputation for providing a high quality and rigorous experience, through use of the Socratic Method.
EPIC two year bump. That is all.