Although there is a number of an advantage in taking up law degree programs via online, the task is not easy and there are challenges to overcome. The idea of learning from the comfort of your home is tempting. The flexibility in time online education gives to students makes other aspiring law students to jump on the bandwagon without much consideration for various things.
First and foremost, a person interested in taking up online law programs must keep in mind that according to the American Bar Association, there is no accredited law schools online. Meaning, no online law school has met the standards set by ABA. American Bar Association is the association for lawyers and law students and the only recognized institution for accrediting law schools.
California is the only state in America that allows online law graduates to take the California State Bar exam. To be able to practice law in California, certain basic steps must be undertaken. The state of California requires that an aspiring law student should have completed his second year in college. A student should have completed 864 hours of formal law programs in an online school to be able to qualify to take the California State Bar Exam. Because of the fact that there are no accredited law schools online, the state of California allows distance teaching schools to register with the California Bar Committee if online law schools meet specific requirements.
Also, online law students must prove to the State Bar of California that they possess positive moral and conduct. The committee will conduct an evaluation of the student’s conduct by investigating previous employers and the school. They will also conduct background investigation and check police and criminal records. The student will be asked to provide some personal information, fingerprints and other related information.