Concord Law School was founded in 1998 as the nation's first wholly online law school. Concord was accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC, www.deac.org), formerly the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC), before it formally merged with Kaplan University and afterward, the Purdue University system, when Kaplan University was acquired by Purdue. Concord is an institutional member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA, www.chea.org).
Until 2020, Concord was registered as a Distance Learning Law School with the State Bar of California's Committee of Bar Examiners (www.calbar.ca.gov). In August 2020, Concord became one of the first distance-learning law schools to be granted full accreditation by the Committee for its Juris Doctor (JD) program.
Due to its accreditation with the Committee, Concord has the authority to offer a JD degree that qualifies recipients to take the California Bar Examination and, if other regulatory requirements are satisfied, obtain admission to the practice of law in California.
Concord also awards an Executive Juris Doctor (EJD) degree, a professional law degree that offers individuals interested in an education in law the chance to take courses without becoming a licensed lawyer. The EJD is designed to offer students more flexibility in their studies, as the degree is not aligned with the requirements to sit for the California Bar Exam.