List of Law Schools With Accelerated JD Programs

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List of Law Schools With Accelerated JD Programs
Accredidation gives law schools a stamp of approval. (notebook and diskettes image by Sergey Galushko from Fotolia.com)

While many law schools are accredited by the American Bar Association, which presently accredits 200 institutions throughout the United States, schools are also accredited by state-approved accrediting agencies, such as those recognised by the U.S. Department of Education. Schools can also approved by both. Accrediting bodies place their stamp of approval on a school's ability to provide a quality education in law.

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Stanford Law School

Since it opened its first legal studies program in 1893, with such notable professors as former United States President Benjamin Harrison, Stanford Law School in Stanford, California, has remained a highly sought landmark law school. Stanford Law School has been accredited by the American Bar Association since 1923. Student applicants number at about 4,500 annually from across the United States and around the world. The selection criteria includes a number of considerations, to include students' ability to make decisions, LSAT scores, and intellectual capacity. Tuition is about £11,440 a year, as of 2010, and most are eligible for some type of financial aid in fellowships, work study, scholarships, federal and state financial aid. Loans are also available, both federal and private. All applicants must take the LSAT -- Law School Admission Test, and application fees are £48.70 per student. Stanford Law School offers a robust JD program, with first year courses in Civil Procedure, Contracts Law, Criminal Law, Torts, Legal Research and Writing, Constitutional Law, and Property Law. For more information visit the school's website, or contact them at Stanford Law School, Crown Quadrangle, 559 Nathan Abbott Way, Stanford, CA 94305-8610. Phone: 650-723-4455 admissions@law.stanford.edu

Online Law Degree through Concord Law School

Concord Law School is the law school that "comes to you" through Kaplan University Online, offering a four-year, part-time law program for students to obtain a 92 credit Juris Doctor of two types: Executive J.D. Juris Doctor. Accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, completion of the Kaplan JD program fulfils all educational requirements needed to take, and prepares students for, the State Bar Exam of California. Once passed, students may practice law in the state. The Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) is not a requirement, though Concord University has its own admissions test to be taken online. Students may submit their LSAT scores if they wish. Program information can be requested online, by calling them at 800.439.4794 or e-mailing at infoconcord@concordlawschool.edu

Brooklyn School of Law

Brooklyn School of Law is fully accredited by the ABA, has over 5,000 applicants per year, and admits slightly over 1,600 for a mix of full and part-time students. LSAT scores are an admissions consideration, with most scores falling around 162, most with median 3.46 grade-point averages. Federal and state financial aid is available for students, as are work-study, merit and needs-based grants and scholarships through the school's Financial Aid Office. In addition to being in the heart of New York City, one of the most visited cities in the world, its campus boasts a faculty recognised internationally as successful leaders and authorities in property law, human rights, corporate, and business law, with publications in the top 25 law reviews. With a campus in the downtown Brooklyn Heights' historic district, students have access to shopping, museums and other cultural and social venues. More information on the Brooklyn School of Law's program can be obtained by visiting their website or writing them at Brooklyn School of Law, 250 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn, New York 11201, or calling them at 716-625-2200.

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