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Oak Brook is not for everyone. While the benefits are enormous, it is a rigorous program which requires diligence, responsibility, and intentionality. Students who do not desire to put the necessary effort into thinking and learning independently may struggle at a school like Oak Brook. However, students with these character traits find that they are better able to maximize their education, both in academic work and in pursuing professional experience, because Oak Brook’s distance-learning model provides the flexibility to use methods tailored to their learning style, and to pursue real-world experience as they study. 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.
Yes! Oak Brook’s tuition structure is specifically designed to allow for debt-free graduation. This design, coupled with the ability to begin the program without spending four years of time and expense on an undergraduate degree, allows students to achieve a post-graduate level education at a fraction of the cost. Additionally, because of Oak Brook’s flexible distance-learning model, students are able to gain professional experience as they study, either earning rather than simply paying, or interning and clerking to gain invaluable experience towards successful employment upon graduation.
So much! Our graduates mainly practice in California, but also practice in several other states in a wide range of practice areas including immigration, bankruptcy, constitutional law, criminal defense, as district attorneys, civil litigators, corporate attorneys, and much more. Our graduates have also been highly successful in public policy and political fields, using their degree to open and manage businesses, and in ministry-related careers such as international justice and running women’s centers. We would be pleased to answer any questions you may have regarding the opportunities available to you with an Oak Brook degree.
Yes! Each year thousands of students graduate from high school and face the question, “What next?” For many, the destination of law school is clear, but the time and expense of obtaining an unrelated undergraduate degree presents a substantial hurdle and delay to reaching this goal. What if it were possible to avoid wasting time and resources on an unnecessary degree before entering law school? Could this be done? The answer is a resounding “yes!” In fact, most of Oak Brook’s alumni entered law school after high school, and graduated around the time their peers were just starting formal legal education. 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.
Oak Brook College will consider accepting transfer students from other law schools. To transfer to the College, a student must file an application for admission, satisfy all admission requirements, and submit official copies of transcripts from all law schools previously attended. The maximum amount of transfer credit that may be granted is 30 semester credit hours. The number of credit hours accepted as transfer credit will be determined after an evaluation of the number of credit hours earned per course and of the similarity between the transfer courses and those courses required at the College. Due to the College’s unique purpose, goals, and educational method, transfer credit is not often granted.

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