Abraham Lincoln University has been a prominent fixture in Los Angeles since 1996, when ALU was founded as one of California’s and the nation’s pioneering online law schools. In addition to the flagship law school program, ALU now offers complementary diploma programs and associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in areas of business administration, criminal justice, information technology, paralegal and legal studies, and general studies.
Abraham Lincoln University’s School of Law delivers the legal curriculum in a unique way, allowing students to complete a full law school education online. The University provides distance learning opportunities for those interested in obtaining a legal education outside of the traditional three-year full-time or four-year part-time ABA model. ALU School of Law is registered with the Committee of Bar Examiners (CBE) of the State Bar of California as an unaccredited distance learning law school, with graduates being awarded the Juris Doctor (J.D.) Degree. The University is nationally accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council. See Accreditation and Registration information here.
Juris Doctor Program
The Juris Doctor Program requires 140 quarter units and is completed over approximately four years. Upon passing the First-Year Law Students' Examination (FYLSX, also known as the "Baby Bar"), General Bar Examination (GBX, also known as California Bar Exam), the moral character evaluation, the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE), and not being in arrears with family support obligations, ALU graduates are eligible to become full members of the State Bar of California and are eligible to practice in California.
The university provides working adults with a focused and practical online legal education. Significant differences in ALU’s educational model as an online distance learning institution are the three class options provided to enhance the student’s learning experience. Students may:
Diploma, Associate, Bachelor’s, Masters Programs
The addition of undergraduate degree programs creates an educational bridge for students who do not have the required bachelor’s degree for entry into the law school. Paralegal, criminal justice and legal studies programs provide a pre-law school curriculum that will ease a student’s transition into the demanding law school curriculum.
Undergraduate and graduate students who do not wish to pursue a law degree may choose from a variety of degree programs in general studies, criminal justice, business, information technology and paralegal and legal studies.
Abraham Lincoln University continues to honor the great men who put America’s legal and political systems in place by providing a hands-on education. ALU’s success can only be measured in the success of its students; the value of an education is immeasurable.
In 1996, Hyung J. Park, a practicing attorney and CPA, had a vision. He believed that there could be a law school where students could take their entire curriculum online, utilizing the flexibility and the emerging power of the Internet. That vision became reality when Abraham Lincoln University School of Law was founded as one of California’s and the nation’s first online law schools.
ALU provides adult students with a focused and practical education. The university extensively utilizes Internet technology to deliver online course content and academic support to enhance the student’s learning experience.
ALU courses can be accessed from a computer with Internet access from anywhere in the world. The university is literally an institution without national borders or travel barriers. We offer the combination of scheduling convenience and technical expediency to complement job market oriented academic programs and personalized student service and support.
The original vision of harnessing the effectiveness and convenience of distance education remains focused on adult students who strive to earn a college degree. ALU will continue the law school tradition of academically rigorous courses and programs while, at the same time, providing individualized support at all degree levels in a true student-centered learning environment.
The institutional mission of Abraham Lincoln University is to be a respected international provider of quality certificate, undergraduate and graduate degree programs primarily in law, business, technology and arts and sciences. The mission is achieved through online distance education curricula, academic support and student services that are designed to provide lifelong learning opportunities for students who may be underserved by traditional educational institutions.
ALU's institutional objectives are aligned with the university mission and include:
Abraham Lincoln University is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council (www.detc.org). The Accrediting Commission is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency and is a recognized member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
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