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Online JD Law Degree FAQs

iStock_000012124533XSmallThe Juris Doctor (JD), an extremely versatile degree, is held by prominent business leaders, politicians, diplomats and writers, among other professions. And of course, all attorneys.

Did you ever imagine it was possible to earn a JD degree online? Well, you can. It’s not easy, but it is possible.

Reach the height of your career without having to rearrange your life.

Online classes have made it possible for students to pursue careers they never thought possible. What started off as a few online courses at obscure schools, has now evolved into a common and very popular practice, with more degrees offered every day.

While it’s true that becoming a licensed attorney is a bit more difficult with an online law degree than with a traditional one, the ever-increasing popularity of distance learning, is making that path increasingly more popular and attainable. The programs are growing and the sector is gaining momentum. This currently innovative approach to legal education could one day be the norm rather than the exception.

How long will it take to earn an online JD law degree?

Just as with traditional law school programs, online law degrees have mandatory courses and electives you will need to complete. Online law school classes convene virtually for class discussions, and the Socratic Method may even be used. Online JD programs typically take four years to complete with an academic year consisting of approximately 52 consecutive weeks.

Is an online law degree worth the time, money, and effort?

Only you can answer this question for yourself, but be sure to consider whether you’re willing or able to practice law in California (assuming you pass the bar exam) and also take a good look at how much your online legal education will cost compared to the job opportunities that await you.

Obtaining your JD degree online can enable you to practice law, maintain a virtual law practice, or use the JD in other in industries, government, and other sectors.

Can I become a lawyer with an online law degree?

In order to become a licensed attorney and be able to practice law, you must pass a state bar exam. Abraham Lincoln University’s California Bar Examination preparation courses are meant to fully ready students by providing them with the necessary knowledge and confidence needed to pass the California Bar Examination.

After graduation from the Juris Doctor, students are eligible to sit for the California Bar Examination and upon successful completion of that exam and the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam, they can become members of the State Bar of California.

As of June 30, 2014, more than 150 graduates from Abraham Lincoln University School of Law have passed the California Bar Examination.

It is important to note the education provided by Abraham Lincoln University or other online law schools may not fulfill the requirements of other states for admission to the bar. Candidates should inquire regarding those requirements, if any, of the state in which they may wish to practice.

Graduates holding a legal degree, obtained via distance learning at an online law school can sit for the bar exam in California. California has specific requirements for those interested in practicing law there, which you may want to research for yourself. You may also find helpful information on California’s requirements here.

To inquire about obtaining an online Juris Doctor or apply for admission into the Juris Doctor Degree program at ALU, please click here.

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