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 ComponentsTelecommunication ModalityIndependent Study Modality
Fixed Start DatesXX
Weekly Attendance RequiredX
Cohort Study GroupsX
Students Study IndependentlyX
Assignments Submitted WeeklyX
Weekly Interaction with FacultyX
Internet Access RequiredXX
48-52 Academic YearXX
Comprehensive CurriculumXX
Qualified FacultyXX
Meets California Bar Requirements
(Juris Doctor-Attorney Track Only)
XX
DEAC AccreditedXX
Students Eligible to Defer Existing Student LoansXX
Federally Insured Student Loans Available
(For those Who Qualify)
X

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.