Concord Law School Grad to Be Sworn into Massachusetts Bar

Mon Jun 22, 2009 8:30am EDT

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Ross Mitchell to become first online law school graduate to win this privilege
LOS ANGELES--(Business Wire)--
Concord Law School alumnus Ross Mitchell will be sworn into the state bar of
Massachusetts today becoming the first online law school graduate to have won
this privilege. He did so after persuading the Supreme Judicial Court of
Massachusetts, in a 6-to-1 decision, to allow him to sit for the bar exam since
Massachusetts does not allow graduates of non ABA-accredited law schools to sit
for their exam. Ross passed the Massachusetts bar exam in February. 

"Ross Mitchell is an example of the type of highly motivated individual who is
drawn to the study of law through his life and career experiences. Since its
establishment in 1998, Concord has provided students like Ross with an
opportunity to get a rigorous legal education without many of the costs
associated with campus-based programs, enabling working professionals the
ability to attain a professional law degree," said Dean Barry Currier, J.D.,
Concord`s President and Dean. "We are proud to have Ross as a graduate of our
school. I am confident that he will be an excellent member of the legal
profession in Massachusetts." 

A resident of West Newton, Mass., Mitchell was the 2004 valedictorian of Concord
Law School of Kaplan University, the nation`s first fully online law school.
Shortly after graduating, he passed the California Bar Exam, one of the nation`s
most rigorous. As a member of the California bar, he was subsequently admitted
to the bars of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California,
the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and, in March 2008, he was one
of the first online-educated attorneys to be admitted to the bar of the United
States Supreme Court. 

About Concord Law School

Concord Law School of Kaplan University boasts an enrollment of 1,500 students
across the country and around the world. Nearly 900 have completed the JD and
EJD programs. A recent milestone was the school`s 10th anniversary, celebrated
in 2008. The formal merger of Concord into Kaplan University in the fall of 2007
made Concord the first online law school to be part of a regionally accredited
institution of higher education. Kaplan University is accredited by The Higher
Learning Commission (HLC) and a member of the North Central Association of
Colleges and Schools. Concord is also accredited by the Accrediting Commission
of the Distance Education and Training Council, a nationally recognized
accrediting agency. Additionally, Concord is an institutional member of the
Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the International Association of
Law Schools. For more information, visit 

Concord Law School is part of Kaplan Higher Education, which serves more than
114,000 students through 70-plus campus-based schools and online operations
across the United States and abroad. It also has online programs through Kaplan
Virtual Education and Kaplan University. Kaplan Higher Education schools offer a
spectrum of academic opportunities, from high school diplomas to graduate and
professional degrees, including a juris doctor degree. Kaplan Higher Education
is part of Kaplan, Inc., a subsidiary of The Washington Post Company (NYSE:
WPO). For more information, visit 

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