Taft Law School

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Taft Law School
Parent schoolWilliam Howard Taft University
Established1976[1]
School typePrivate Law school[2]
DeanRobert K. Strouse
LocationSanta Ana, CA, US
Faculty73[3]
USNWR rankingNot Ranked - Unaccredited by the ABA
Bar pass rate0% (0/6) (July 2015 1st time takers)[4]
WebsiteTaft Law School

Founded in 1976, and operating through the Taft University System (William Howard Taft University), Taft Law School is a distance education, online-based law school based in Santa Ana, California. It offers Juris Doctor (J.D.) and Master of Laws (LL.M.) law degree programs.

The school is not accredited by the American Bar Association nor by the State Bar of California.[5][6] The Law School Admission Council lists Taft Law School as a "Non-ABA-Approved Law School" and explains that most states do not "permit graduates of these schools to take the bar examination" nor "admit to their bars a graduate of a non-ABA-approved law school."[7] The California State Bar Committee of Bar Examiners categorizes Taft Law School as a "registered unaccredited correspondence law school."[5] As such, its graduates must pass the First-Year Law Students' Examination (Baby Bar) in order to be eligible to take the California General Bar Examination.[8][9]

Affiliations[edit]

Taft Law School is an institutional member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and American Council on Education (ACE). Taft Law School is also a member of the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI).

The Taft University System is an institutional member of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO).

Bar pass rates[edit]

In recent years, the school has performed abysmally on the examination. In July 2015, 6 graduates took the California Bar Examination for the first time and none passed. In the administration of the same exam 15 graduates were repeat takers, and only one individual passed.[10] In February 2015, a total of 21 graduates took the exam (15 repeat takers) and only 7 passed.[11] In July 2014, 22 graduates took the exam (11 repeat takers) and 3 passed.[12]

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Taft University System". Taft University System.
  2. ^ "Registered Unaccredited Correspondence Law Schools in California". State Bar of California.
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ "General Statistics Report: July 2015 California Bar Examination" (PDF). State Bar of California. February 27, 2016.
  5. ^ a b "Registered Unaccredited Correspondence Law Schools in California". State Bar of California.
  6. ^ "ABA-Approved Law Schools by Year". ABA website. Retrieved April 1, 2011.
  7. ^ "Non-ABA-Approved Law Schools". Law School Admission Council. Retrieved May 25, 2020.
  8. ^ "Registered Unaccredited Correspondence Law Schools in California" (PDF). State Bar of California.
  9. ^ The Committee of Bar Examiners classifies distance education law schools into two categories: "registered unaccredited distance learning law schools" and "registered unaccredited correspondence law schools." By rule, a "registered unaccredited distance-learning law school" must require that students participate in not less than 135 hours of synchronous (live) interactive classes per year.
  10. ^ "General Statistics Report: July 2015 California Bar Examination" (PDF). State Bar of California. December 17, 2015.
  11. ^ "General Statistics Report: February 2015 California Bar Examination" (PDF). State Bar of California. June 25, 2015.
  12. ^ "General Statistics Report: July 2014 California Bar Examination" (PDF). State Bar of California. December 18, 2014.
  13. ^ "Meet the TRBC Team" Archived 2010-07-25 at the Wayback Machine, at the Thomas Road Baptist Church website ("He also earned a law degree (Juris Doctor) in 2005 from William Howard Taft University in Santa Ana, California."), retrieved July 22, 2010 (although he is not a licensed attorney in California California State Bar member records search)
  14. ^ California State Bar Member Record
  15. ^ Lemons, Stephen (August 6, 2009). "Orly Taitz's Online Law Degree". Phoenix New Times. Retrieved August 24, 2009.

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