Independence Hall
Independent Study Law Library
Administration Building
Admissions Center
Faculty Office Building
Lecture Hall
Student Center
First Year Classrooms
Second Year Classrooms
Third Year Classrooms
Fourth Year Classrooms



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What is Independent Study School of Law?

Is it really a law school?

No! Not yet! Our distance learning (correspondence) section has not yet been registered with the California State Bar Examiners.

However, for now, we are a not-for-profit online independent study apprenticeship cooperative that is FREE for any student willing to put in the time and hard work required to meet his or her own individualized jurisdictional mandate.

There are several states that allow students to become lawyers by apprenticeship. Apprentice states require 4 years of apprenticing prior to allowing students to sit for the bar exam. Additionally, a few of these states allow students to attend school for one year and then apprentice for three.

One particular State, California, allows both apprenticing and correspondence study.

How do you enroll?

FIRST: You must fully complete our application and register our distance learning study curriculum with both an attorney in good standing who will be responsible for overseeing your law study and the State Bar accepting your apprenticeship.

SECOND: You must file with our Admission Office original certified copies of both the approved individualized study plan and transcripts of any previous post-secondary education study requirement of your jurisdiction.

THIRD: You must return both an original notarized signed disclosure statement and a student participation contract.

NOTE: In the coming months students interested in correspondence study may also enroll.

Here you will study using the same law books that students at A.B.A. approved law schools use. There will be lectures, online classrooms, and you will be tested and graded.

However, since it's FREE and the bar examination is really the best test of your understanding of the law, we operate under a pass/fail academic system. That is, strict compliance with your State Bar approved individualized apprenticeship study plan is the only mandate for graduation. In addition, for correspondence students, the California First Year Law Student Bar Examination is mandatory.

Why pay a high tuition for independent study when you can do it here for FREE?

The education of famous jurist: Joseph Story, James Kent, and John Marshall supports independent study of the law. Although there were periods of instruction from lawyers, occasionally alongside a few other students, the bulk of their studies were in solitude, reading and copying from English law.

In addition, there are eight U.S. presidents who became lawyers by apprenticeship. In fact, prior to 1950 there were more apprentice lawyers than law school graduate lawyers.

Did you know that the percentage of distance learning students who passed the July 2001 California General Bar Examination equaled that of graduates of California accredited law schools?

Independent Study Law Library
Links to online systems used by practicing attorneys and traditional law students
Administration Building
Contact the State Bar of the jurisdiction having an apprenticeship program that best meets your needs.
You may submit your application at any time. We do not charge a fee. We are in this together.
Faculty Office Building
There's new furniture and the plumbing and electricity works for the most part. However, in many ways the cooperative is still being determined and this is a best first guess at it's functionality.

Suggestions are needed. So grab a hard-hat and a can of spray paint, take the virtual tour of the online campus and let's see what you can do.

We are seeking retired professors, judges, practicing attorneys, and other legal experts to teach online. Use the tools we have here to design and submit your course. In the coming days we will post contact information.

Lecture Hall
Attend a lecture and judge for yourself the quality of the education. Our visiting legal experts teach here not to earn money but because of their desire to help students who want to learn the law.
Student Center
Even passive interaction will help you better understand legal analysis. Join others in the 24-hour Student Center for chat, discussion boards, student study groups, and find other important links to help you succeed as an apprentice.
First Year Classrooms
Contracts; Criminal Law; Introduction to Law, Legal Research, and Legal Writing; Real Property; and Torts.
Second Year Classrooms
Agency and Partnership; Civil Procedure; Constitutional Law; Criminal Procedure; and Remedies
Third Year Classrooms
Corporations; Evidence; Professional Responsibility; and, Legal Research and Legal Writing II. Third Year Students also have two electives.
Fourth Year Classrooms
Administrative Law; Community Property; Wills and Trusts; Federal Tax, and two electives.

Student Center

Snack Bar Lobby
Join other students on campus. Study groups are an important part of law school. They are a means to an end. Most study groups review individual outlines for adequacy and clarification. Review hypothetical questions posted by the course instructor in class or during a lecture to understand the emphasis given within the subject. Discuss assignments and exams so that you have an idea of the scope and challenge of the test.

The study group should be able to get by with little help from others. If the group is distracting from your ability to master the material, quit the group.Use your study groups and your outlines as tools. Keep them simple for success.

Independent Study School of Law is copyrighted(lists and complilations are copyrightable under Title 17, USC, chapter 1, Section 103(a))
Daily attendance online is a necessary part of the Independent Study Law School experience. There is no substitute for reading the cases and materials assigned. Proper preparation will enhance your learning experience. Observation of and participation in the socratic method of discussion available during scheduled classes will facilitate our students' development as a counselor and advocate. Keep in mind that our student body will learn the process - how to think like a lawyer - in addition to the black letter law. It is the process the student must learn.
The axiom:"look to your right then look to your left one of you is not going to be here next year," is for other law study programs. The students who will enroll here will be some of the brightest people in the world.
Our Mission, Purpose, and Objective: To provide for FREE, a high quality independent law study cooperative for anyone and everyone who is willing to put in the required time and hard work.
This Law school is for you.... Our success will be determined by you.
The keys to success will be: (1) a positive attitude and school pride; (2) hard work; and (3) quality study time and online interaction with other students
Tour our campus, sample a lecture, monitor a class or group discussion. Our online campus has something for everyone. There are classrooms, assembly halls, study rooms, a law library, even a snack bar. Like other traditional law schools, when visiting our open campus you never know where you might find a group of students engaged in professor-lead simulated legal argument.
Participation in distance education in all of its variations is estimated in the millions, according to the most recent federal survey. When Independent Study School of Law opens the doors of its entirely online program later this year, it will become a possible answer to second-rate correspondence law schools and the many well-known horror stories. In short, legal experts recognized the need for distance learning. Our cooperative takes their plan one step further and makes legal education FREE. In addition, it provides nationally recognized legal experts opportunity to training individuals who can not afford a legal education, and who normally would not have access to their instruction. Most important, there is little or no risk because the cooperative is FREE.
Here the curriculum is designed to assist students in developing the intellectual and analytical skills necessary to practice law. The curriculum is designed to expose students to the fundamental legal doctrine and values necessary to function as competent literate professionals, while offering also an opportunity for more specialized instruction.


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First Year Classroom

Second Year Classroom

Third Year Classroom

Fourth Year Classroom