The Curriculum

Concord Law School provides comprehensive, rigorous, and dynamic instruction leading to the Juris Doctor and Executive Juris Doctor degrees. Unlike most of its fixed-facility counterparts, Concord utilizes technology and the Internet to communicate its instructional material and enhance and streamline the learning process.

Concord's course of study is presented in a variety of formats. The casebooks and other textbooks required in the Concord programs are those regularly used at law schools nationwide. Lectures are presented over the Internet while assignments are researched and prepared using electronic research engines. You may access lectures, curriculum, and the law library virtually 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In addition, Concord professors conduct classes over the Internet. You are required to complete online course modules that include multiple-choice tests and essays.

Student and Faculty Interaction

At Concord, you interact with faculty and fellow students through online classes, emails, interactive bulletin boards, and telephone calls. The program incorporates synchronous classes convened over the Internet at regularly scheduled times each week. These classes function like classes in a traditional law school setting. You are expected to come to class prepared on the day's assigned reading. The professor engages the class in a discussion of the assigned material, which includes questions that may be directed to the class or to a particular student in the class.

At the time of publication of this Catalog, these classes are generally audio/video streamed from professor to student and text-based responses are sent from student to professor. Professors can also arrange for students to respond by audio/video stream. The classroom is led by the professor, who has the capacity to transmit some or all of the responses that are offered to a particular question by students to the class as a whole. An online student roster provides an additional opportunity to contact fellow classmates. Those who have experienced the Concord classroom as either a student or teacher typically remark on the richness and interactivity of the class sessions.

Statement of Assessment

Exams are administered in a variety of forms, including:

  • Modular quizzes: Administered asynchronously on the School site.
  • Essay writing assignments: Administered asynchronously on the School site.
  • Final exams and midterm exams: Administered at fixed dates and times to be determined by the School administration. Unless otherwise noted in the specific course syllabus, all final exams and midterm exams are taken under timed and closed-book conditions.

Each course may include any or all forms of these assessments. The specific assessments are listed in the grading policy of the individual course. Concord may scale assessment scores, including final exams, in certain courses.