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Attorney Renee C. Walsh

What is an EJD?

I recently became aware of the professional acronym, EJD. Since I am a lawyer, I was curious to learn about this new certification, which I deduced had something to do with legal education due to the familiar JD for Juris Doctor for law degree. The EJD is an academic degree that allows its holder to work in law and non-law related fields, but does not allow the practice of law as an attorney. It is offered by online / distance schools, Concord Law School of Kaplan University, Taft Law School, British-American University and Newport University. While these schools may be accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council, the EJD degree offered is not recognized by any bar association and graduates are not able to sit for a bar exam in any jurisdiction.

Concord Law claims the trademark “EJD”. It’s website provides (or provided): “The Executive JD (EJDsm) is a unique degree program pioneered by Concord Law School. The Executive Juris Doctor program provides individuals with an interest in the law, or those whose career would benefit from advanced legal knowledge, the opportunity to participate in law school courses without the regulatory hurdles associated with becoming a member of the Bar.

The program attracts a wide range of professionals including business people, health care administrators, and teachers who appreciate the challenging curriculum and interaction found at Concord Law School. Through their studies, they gain a sophisticated knowledge of the law and sharpen their analytical reasoning and communication skills.

The Executive Juris Doctor program is a 72-unit, three-year, part-time program. After the first year, during which the EJD students take the same foundational courses required of the Juris Doctor student, there is a great deal of flexibility in course selection. In the second and third years, EJD students are encouraged to construct a curriculum plan centered on their interests and career needs. Enrollees also have somewhat more flexibility in their pace of study as they are not required to adhere to the strict guidelines of the State Bar of California.”

There is nothing that matches the practice of law to provide a comprehensive understanding of it and how it is practically applied. After all, it is said that the law is an elephant and practitioners are blind men trying to define what the elephant is, each looking at different aspects of the elephant. Although each has an interpretation different from the other, none of them are wrong. It is not enough to merely study the law, but one must practice it in order to understand it and how it is interpreted.

Discussion:

  1. Hi,

    Do you know of a good online JD program?? I too am a paralegal and I would like to practice law but can’t do the brick and mortar school with my children.. If not I saw that you did recommend the EHD program, do you recommend this more than a masters in law? Thank you.

  2. I am a practicing physician for the last 20 years. I was thinking of getting a law degree. Which one do you think is more appropriate for a fifty-year-old man? I don’t think that I will be practicing law but I wonder if it is just more beneficial to do the JD? And which online school do you think is the best? Thank you.

    • Dear Ashy H.:

      If there is any chance that you would want to practice then I would get the J.D. Even if you wouldn’t practice, you would be well equipped for law school and it wouldn’t be that much more effort relatively speaking; however the cost may be a factor. I invite others to recommend a school.

  3. Hi. I have a certification in Paralegal Studies and have worked in the law for 20 years. I’m considering the EJD program to further advance my career as an administrator or law firm director or in-house legal manager. Do you think this is a good option?

    • Dear Angie:

      I don’t think it could be anything but good for your career, especially if you’re not worried about “practicing” law.

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