Comparison of Learning Modalities
The faculty at Taft Law School recognize that adult students can learn in various ways. In this regard, two completely different learning methods are available to students in their pursuit of legal knowledge.
The telecommunications modality is preferred by students who can’t attend a traditional classroom but benefit from regular and substantive interaction with faculty and classmates. Telecommunication students start courses on fixed dates, submit weekly assignments for faculty evaluation and participate in online discussions. In most courses, class participation can constitute 20% of a course grade.
The independent study modality is preferred by students who, for business or personal reasons, cannot commit to a fixed weekly study schedule. Independent study students are graded based on written examinations.
Under either modality, students study the same material and take the same midterm and final examinations. Both are equally rigorous and require a significant commitment of time.
|Modality Components||Telecommunication Modality||Independent Study Modality|
|Fixed Start Dates||X||X|
|Weekly Attendance Required||X|
|Cohort Study Groups||X|
|Students Study Independently||X|
|Assignments Submitted Weekly||X|
|Weekly Interaction with Faculty||X|
|Internet Access Required||X||X|
|48-52 Academic Year||X||X|
|Meets California Bar Requirements|
(Juris Doctor-Attorney Track Only)
|Students Eligible to Defer Existing Student Loans||X||X|
|Federally Insured Student Loans Available|
(For those Who Qualify)
Note: The above information represents a general overview of the two learning modalities adopted by Taft Law School. It is not intended to be a substitute for the more detailed information set forth in the School’s Catalogs and Handbooks.