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When was ALU founded?
ALU was founded in 1996.
Does ALU encourage minority and other non-traditional applicants?
ALU seeks to enroll a highly qualified and diverse student body with the participation of students with different ages, perspectives and backgrounds.
What are the technology requirements for attending ALU?
The computer equipment utilized to access our online program must meet the minimum requirements below. Note that the minimum computer and software requirements may evolve during a student's course of studies, in particular as third-party vendors discontinue support for older versions of a product.
Minimum Hardware and Operating System
How does ALU protect student privacy and records?
The California Administrative Code Section 18804(a) requires colleges and universities to maintain student records for a period of five years after final enrollment, with exception of the student's permanent record.
Abraham Lincoln University’s policy regarding confidentiality and student privacy is in keeping with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and DETC Standard II. L. Student Privacy, Integrity and Identity, which afford students certain rights with respect to their education records, a summary of which follows:
How can I view an enrollment agreement?
Prospective students may view sample enrollment agreement for the JD program and a sample enrollment agreement for master’s, bachelor’s, associate, and diploma programs.
How do I file a complaint about the master’s, bachelor, associate and diploma programs?
The ALU grievance policy addresses issues requiring resolution and to promote honesty and respect inherent to the educational work of students and faculty. This policy is applicable to students, administrators, faculty or any party who has good reason to believe that the institution is not in compliance with Distance Education and Training Council standards, policies or procedures.
A grievance on the part of a student, staff or faculty is defined as any decision or action taken by a faculty or staff member in the course of official duty that violates or constitutes arbitrary, capricious or unequal application of written campus policies or procedures. Student complaints are typically about items such as:
How do I file a complaint about the online JD program?
The School of Law grievance policy addresses issues requiring resolution and promotes honesty and respect inherent to the educational work of students and faculty. This policy is applicable to students, administrators and faculty of ALU.
A grievance may involve a complaint that includes administrative issues, financial issues, technical issues, faculty performance, grading, program content, program effectiveness/expectations, or library services.
ALU will review all grievances in a timely, fair, and equitable manner. If the complaint concerns a faculty member or administrator, ALU will consult with the faculty member regarding the complaint.
ALU notifies students and other interested parties regarding how to make complaints to state agencies and accrediting agencies by providing contact information in the Accreditation and Regulation section of the JD catalog.
If a grievance has not been satisfactorily resolved by in¬formal procedures, the student or interested party may file written grievance with the Dean of School of Law within 60 days of the act or event which is the subject of the grievance, by submitting the Formal Grievance Petition, available on the ALU website. Within five working days of receiving the grievance, the Dean shall conduct any necessary investigation and meet or call with the student or interested party in an effort to resolve the grievance. The Dean shall present all concerned parties with a written answer to the grievance within ten working days after the meeting or calls.
If a grievance has not been satisfactorily resolved at step 1, the student or interested party may file the written grievance with the Academic Standards Committee within ten working days of receiving the answer at step 1. All information presented at step 1 shall be included with the grievance, and the Dean shall submit to the Academic Standards Committee a report describing attempts to resolve the grievance at step 1.
Within ten working days of receiving the grievance, the Academic Standards Committee shall conduct any necessary investigation and meet with the student or interested party in an effort to resolve the grievance. The Academic Standards Committee shall present all concerned parties with a writ¬ten answer to the grievance within ten working days after the meeting.
If a grievance has not been satisfactorily resolved at step 2, the student may file a written appeal to the President of Abraham Lincoln University within five working days of receiving the answer at step 2. All information presented at steps 1 and 2 shall be included with the appeal, and the Academic Standards Committee shall submit to the President a report describing attempts to resolve the grievance at step 2.
The President shall make a decision within 30 days of the written appeal and shall mail the decision to all concerned parties. The President's decision shall be final.
Students or members of the public may also file complaints with the following entities:
Distance Education Accrediting Commission
1101 17th Street NW, Suite 808
Washington, DC 20036
California State Bar
180 Howard St.
San Francisco, CA 94105
How many graduates have passed the California General Bar Examination?
More than 130 ALU School of Law graduates have passed the California Bar Examination.
What are the academic requirements for law school admission to ALU?
Applicants must have an earned bachelor's degree from a college or university accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education.
How do I apply to ALU School of Law?
Contact the School of Law Admissions Office at 213.252.5100 for complete information.
When does the next law school term begin?
We admit first year students three times a year, in the fall, spring and winter trimesters.
Do I need to take the LSAT?
No. We have our own assessment test that applicants can take any time of the year at the school or online.
Once I submit my law school application, transcripts and take my assessment test, when will a decision be made?
The review process generally can be completed within one to two days.
What if I need help in my first year?
The School of Law has an excellent academic support program to assist its first year students.
Is ALU a full-time law school?
ALU’s Juris Doctor (JD) degree is a part-time, four-year legal distance learning education program. Classes may be taken on campus as an evening and weekend program.
What degree do students obtain upon graduation?
A Juris Doctor (J.D.). In order to practice law in California, one must pass the California Bar requirements and Examination.
For whom is the ALU JD Program designed?
Primarily for working adults or anyone who finds it difficult to attend class or who travels frequently. Many of our students are too far away from a law school or feel more comfortable taking classes online. ALU is designed for people who can better fit law study into their busy schedule by taking their legal education online or in combination with classroom sessions.
What opportunities are there for ALU Law School graduates?
Graduates of ALU Law School who are admitted to the California State Bar are permitted to practice law without any restriction, just as any other member of the State Bar of California. They can join or form law firms. They can work as in-house corporate counsel. They can appear in any state court or appear in Federal court in California. They can serve in government or the judiciary.
The opportunities are incredible! When do classes meet?
ALU can attend classes entirely online through live interactive streaming video. Additionally, ALU students can take their classes at any other convenient time, day or night, through archived recordings of the same class sessions. ALU also offers opportunities to students to attend classes on campus in the broadcast studios, at the exact same time as their classmates are attending online.
How large are the classes?
The class size varies. Many working adults are able to attend the Saturday morning classes, so those classes can be very popular for students attending them live. On weekdays, fewer students may choose to attend class live and some may opt to see that class in archived video instead.
Who are the faculty members and what are their qualifications?
ALU's faculty is composed of experienced professors (full -time faculty) and adjunct faculty consisting of practicing attorneys or judges from the area. Many have served in the field of legal education for several years.
How long is the school year?
The school year runs year-round in order to complete the program within approximately four years.
What is the cost of attending ALU?
The present cost is $8,000.00 per year. Some minor additional costs may be added, such as $50 per year for computerized legal research systems ("Westlaw") usage.
What is the cost of books for each year of study?
The best effort estimate cost of textbooks and other materials per year of study in the JD program is $750; therefore, the best effort estimate of books for four years of study in the JD program is $3,000.
Do I have to pay my entire tuition in one single payment?
ALU has a monthly payment plan with no interest charges.
What opportunities are there for ALU Law School graduates to practice law outside of California?
While the majority of our graduates practice law in California, some graduates of ALU Law School may decide to practice law in other states. Each state has its own standards for admitting attorneys. Study at, or graduation from, ALU and meeting the California Bar requirements may not qualify a student to take the bar examination in other states or satisfy the requirements to practice law in other states. Therefore, if a student intends to seek admission to practice law in a state other than California, the student should contact the admitting authority in that state for information regarding its legal education requirements for admission to practice law.
Abraham Lincoln University is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission. 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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