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Accreditation

Taft Law School, through The Taft University System, is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council. On June 14, 2013 the Commission voted to extend its accreditation until 2018. This action was taken after consideration of an extensive self-study prepared by The Taft University System and the report of a site visitation team that included representatives of both regionally and American Bar Association accredited schools. The five-year extension is the maximum permissible under DETC standards.
The Distance Education and Training Council (www.detc.org) is a non-profit section 501(c) (6) educational association located in Washington, D.C. It was founded in 1926 to promote sound educational standards and ethical business practices within the correspondence field. The independent nine-member Accrediting Commission of the DETC was established in 1955. Shortly thereafter it gained the approval of the U.S. Department of Education as a "nationally recognized accrediting agency" under federal law. The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) also recognizes the Accrediting Commission.
The DETC is a voluntary, non-governmental, educational organization that operates the nationally recognized accrediting association, the DETC Accrediting Commission. The DETC Accrediting Commission defines, maintains, and promotes educational excellence in distance education institutions. The Commission is dedicated to fostering quality assurance, protection of the rights of the students and institutional self-improvement through voluntary accreditation via peer evaluation. DETC accreditation aims to instill public confidence in DETC institutions' missions, goals, performances, and resources through rigorous application and peer-developed accreditation standards.
With its 80-plus years of history and its highly refined and federally recognized accreditation program, DETC offers distance learning institutions the most current, relevant and practical services for the 21st Century.

Distance Education and Training Council
1601 18th Street, N.W., Suite 2
Washington, D.C. 20009
Phone: (202) 234 - 5100

See Related Frequently Asked Questions on Accreditation.

Degree Granting Authority

Degree granting authority for Taft Law School comes from the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California.

Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)

Taft Law School is an institutional member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). CHEA is a non-profit organization serving as the national advocate for voluntary accreditation and quality assurance to the U.S. Congress and U.S. Department of Education.

CHEA has produced a document that outlines what accreditation is and the value of accreditation to students.

American Council on Education (ACE)
The Taft University System is an institutional member of the American Council on Education (ACE).
Membership in the American Council on Education is open to accredited, degree-granting colleges and universities, and higher education associations located within the United States. ACE speaks as higher education's voice in matters of public policy in Washington DC and throughout the nation.

American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers
The Taft University System is an institutional member of the
American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO). AACRAO is a non-profit, professional association of higher education administrators. Its goal is to foster the professional development of its individual members by providing guidelines and voluntary standards for best practices in records management, admissions, enrollment management, administrative information technology, and student services. Institutional membership is limited to nationally or regionally accredited colleges or universities.

Center for Computer- Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI)
Taft Law School is currently a member of the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI). CALI is a United States 501(c)(3) non-profit consortium of law schools that researches and develops computer-mediated legal instruction and supports institutions and individuals using technology in legal education.

Recognition by the State Bar of California
The Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California requires all distance education law schools to include the information set forth below in their catalog. As described in greater detail in the Taft Law School Catalog Supplements, the School utilizes both telecommunications and independent study learning modalities in its Juris Doctor Programs.

The Committee of Bar Examiners classifies distance education law schools into two categories, “distance-learning law schools” and “correspondence law schools.” By rule, a “distance-learning law school” must require that students participate in not less than 135 hours of synchronous (live) interactive classes per year.

Because Taft Law School students reside in many time zones, Taft faculty believe it would be an unreasonable hardship to require students to be available on specific days and at specific times. Therefore, it has NOT implemented any policies that would require its students to participate in live classes. As a result, for Committee of Bar Examiners purposes Taft Law School has elected to be classified as a correspondence law school. (It is important for students to note that this classification has no bearing whatsoever on a student’s eligibility to sit for the bar examination or admission to practice law in California.)

The method of instruction at Taft Law School for the Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree program is principally by correspondence. Students enrolled in either of the Juris Doctor-Attorney Track Programs at Taft Law School who successfully complete the first year of law study must pass the First-Year Law Students’ Examination required by Business and Professions Code § 6060(h) as part of the requirements to qualify to take the California Bar Examination. A student who passes the First-Year Law Students’ Examination within three (3) administrations of the examination after first becoming eligible to take it will receive credit for all legal studies completed to the time the examination is passed. A student who does not pass the examination within three (3) administrations of the examination after first becoming eligible to take it must be promptly disqualified from the law school’s Juris Doctor-Attorney Track Program. If the dismissed student subsequently passes the examination, the student is eligible for re-enrollment in this law school’s Juris Doctor-Attorney Track Program but will receive credit for only one year of legal study.

Study at, or graduation from, this law school may not qualify a student to take the bar examination or to satisfy the requirements for admission to practice in jurisdictions other than California. A student intending to seek admission to practice law in a jurisdiction other than California should contact the admitting authority in that jurisdiction for information regarding the legal education requirements in that jurisdiction for admission to the practice of law.



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