Concord Law School of Kaplan University, the California School of Law and the Abraham Lincoln University School of Law offer online Juris Doctor degrees. Graduates of these schools are eligible to take the California Bar Exam. According to U.S. News and World Report, the American Bar Association does not accredit online JD programs as of June 2014.
Concord Law School was the first school to offer an online law degree. Established in 1998, it is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the Distance Education Accrediting Commission. Students may choose between a Juris Doctor degree, which is completed in four years, or an Executive Juris Doctor degree, which is completed in three years. Annual tuition costs $9,984 as of 2015.
The California School of Law's online law degree requires four years to complete. Courses are offered in trimesters. Students take classes via live video conference on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:00 p.m. PST. Students also participate in online study groups and submit essays and examinations for faculty review and grading. Annual tuition is $9,000.
The Abraham Lincoln University School of Law's four year program costs $8,000 per year. Students have the option to participate in live classes via video conference, to view recorded classes available 24/7 or to attend class on campus in Los Angeles.