Our distance-learning model does not allow for daily classroom experience, and students who are dependent on this may find studying at Oak Brook difficult. Conversely, our students and graduates typically find their classes are more cohesive and supportive than what they experienced in more traditional settings. This is both because Oak Brook students are united on common goals and because classes are allowed to structure their interactions in ways best suited to their needs, eschewing frustrating busy work and meetings, and offering truly needed support.
Oak Brook graduates do experience some limitations in regards to practicing in various states. Currently, most states require the completion of a degree accredited by the American Bar Association before a graduate may sit for the bar exam. As the ABA currently will not accredit correspondence schools, graduates of Oak Brook are limited in the states in which they may practice and must initially become a member of the California Bar before other states may become open to them. Once graduates are members of the California Bar, however, there are additional states in which they may practice after passing that state’s exam. Some states allow this option immediately, others require some time period of active practice or licensing. In addition, our graduates have also been able to practice in some states that are not generally open to our students through practicing federal law, pro hac vice motions, and special petitions for the right to sit for the bar exam. Some graduates have also gone on to achieve a second juris doctor degree from a traditional law school, and received advanced standing and scholarships based on their completion of the Oak Brook Juris Doctorate, ultimately spending less time and money than would have been required to complete an undergraduate and juris doctor from traditional institutions. While there are certainly no guarantees, our alumni are ready and willing to provide input and experience as students and graduates consider their options.
Ultimately, the pros and cons of Oak Brook’s educational model depend on the drive and desire of the student; those things which some students may perceive as a detriment are often the very dynamics which a motivated student finds to be the greatest benefit.
So how does it work? It’s actually quite simple. The State of California permits entrance into law school if a student can demonstrate sufficient pre-legal education. This can be done either through completing 60 semester credit hours of undergraduate work or by passing specified CLEP Examinations to demonstrate sufficient knowledge of basic undergraduate areas of study.
The faculty and Board of Directors at Oak Brook College of Law are dedicated to providing a legal education that maximizes value and minimizes waste. For this reason, Oak Brook accepts students without an undergraduate degree if they have demonstrated equivalent intellectual achievement through undergraduate credit hours or the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP). This makes it possible to enter law school with no debt from an undergraduate degree and graduate years ahead of schedule – which is precisely what so many of Oak Brook’s alumni have done, often making their first court appearance at a time when peers have not even finished their first year of legal training.
Can you go to law school without wasting time and money on a degree you neither want nor need? YES. You can. For details on the CLEP equivalency requirements and admission standards for Oak Brook College of Law, click here. For admission standards for Oak Brook College’s legal assistant/paralegal programs, click here.
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