Concord History

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,, formerly the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC), before it formally merged with Kaplan University (which became Purdue University Global in 2018). Concord is an institutional member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA,

Concord is registered as a Distance Learning Law School with the California Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California ( Due to its registration as an unaccredited law school with the Committee, Concord has the authority to offer a Juris Doctor degree that qualifies recipients to take the California Bar Examination and 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.