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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Concord Law School Dean Seeks Greater Credibility After Acquisition By Purdue University

Concord PurdueFollowing up on my previous post, Purdue Is No Longer The Only Big Ten University Without A Law School:  ABA Journal, Concord Law Dean Sees Benefits With Acquisition by Purdue University:

Purdue University’s transaction to acquire Kaplan University, including Concord Law School, is complete, and Martin Pritikin says that he doesn’t expect any changes in day-to-day operations at his online law school, now known as Concord Law School at Purdue University Global.

But he’d like to get more credibility with the Purdue name. The deal, finalized March 22, brought 30,000 students from Kaplan University, according to a Purdue press release.

“If you look at the metrics, in terms of course hours, rigor, grading standards and admissions, we’re comparable to ABA schools. But a lot of boards of bar examiners don’t know anything about us,” Pritikin says. California—where Concord is registered by the state bar’s committee of bar examiners as an unaccredited distance-learning law school—is one of the few states that lets online law school graduates not already admitted in another state to sit for its bar exam. ABA standards, with a few exceptions, only allow accredited law schools up to 15 distance-learning credit hours. ...

Pritikin says he has petitioned attorney regulation agencies in Arizona, New Mexico, Connecticut, Michigan and Texas to let Concord Law grads sit for their bar exams, and he is also interested in approaching Indiana, where Purdue University is located. ... [O]ur tuition is $12,000 a year,” says Pritikin, adding that he has no “immediate plans” to increase tuition.

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