The key to a successful career in the field of law is to get a degree from an accredited online law school that will prepare you well enough to take the bar exam that will become a stepping stone to a lucrative career. Most online programs require letters of recommendation from past teachers, colleagues, or former students to speak highly of an applicant's educational and personal suitability for an online program. However, what if a former student has already graduated from a program and wants to apply again?
Many former students feel as though they are “asking for it” when they reapply for admission into a law school that does not accept their applications because of past failures. This may be true, but most law schools still review and interview prospective students after they have earned their degrees and are accepted. The applicant must demonstrate that they have prepared thoroughly for the new course, and that they are ready and willing to learn a new field.
A good example would be the experience of a recent graduate who already has an established law practice and is applying to attend an online law school because they have a better work schedule. This student has clearly demonstrated their ability to complete their work in an organized manner and has also shown their willingness to take responsibility for their own progress. If the student shows these qualities, the interviewer will see them as a more stable, responsible person. If, however, the student has only recently graduated from a traditional college or university, the interviewer will question whether the student is fully committed to attending an online school.
The best thing to do for a former student is to carefully review the accreditation status of the accredited online law schools that the student wishes to join. Accredited schools will usually be licensed by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Schools and Attorneys (CLEA). Schools that are not licensed are typically referred to as non-accredited schools, and will not have proper accreditation. A non-accredited school should make it clear to potential applicants that it does not have a license from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Schools and Attorneys. The next step would be to find an online program at a school that is accredited.
There are several ways to find the accredited schools, but the best way is to contact the student's previous school and ask for references of students who graduated from the school. Also, you can get information on the accreditation status by contacting the CLEA. on the school . . . . . . website.
Online schools may seem to offer great convenience and a lower cost for attending, but, in order to get your degree, it is important to be honest with your references and make sure that they really do provide quality education for the price that is charged. When a school is accredited, they will be able to prove that they are a good fit for the student, and will be able to provide the best education possible.