Supreme Court Admits Online Law School Graduates

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Law.com reported that four online law school graduates were admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court this week. These law school graduates completed Concord Law School online.

The online law school graduates who were admitted in open court were Larry David, a businessman and attorney from Pasadena, California; Michael Kaner, a dentist from Newtown, Pennsylvania; Ross Mitchell, an IT consultant from West Newton, Pennsylvania; and Sandusky Shelton, a retired telcomm manager from Clio, California

The U.S. Supreme Court admission process requires that each attorney (1) be a member in good standing of the bar for three years and (2) be sponsored by two attorneys already admitted to the Supreme Court.

This event is an important step for online law schools, Concord Law School in particular, seeking to attain credibility in the legal establishment. A vast majority of states in the U.S. will not allow graduates from online law schools, which are not ABA approved, to become licensed attorneys in their state immediately upon graduation. Some states make exception and will admit/license online law school graduates after they have practiced for a certain number of years in a state that will license online law school graduates.


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