Abraham Lincoln University

Abraham Lincoln University School of Law
Motto "Care, Connect, Conquer"
Established 1996[1]
School type Private law school
Dean Hyung Park
Location Los Angeles, CA, US
Coordinates: 34°03′41″N 118°18′04″W / 34.06139°N 118.30111°W / 34.06139; -118.30111
Faculty 10 Full-time; 7 Adjunct
Bar pass rate 43.0% cumulative since 1999[2]
Website Abraham Lincoln University

Abraham Lincoln University School of Law (ALU) is an educational institution specializing in legal education. The school is located in the Mid-Wilshire section of Los Angeles where students may attend classes through on campus live lectures, live lectures via the internet and archived recorded lectures via the internet. Upon the completion of required classes, students are awarded a Juris Doctor (J.D.) law degree and are eligible to sit for the California Bar Examination. Classes are archived online for review during each class. Abraham Lincoln University School of Law is one of 22 unaccredited law schools in California, one of the few U.S. states that allow unaccredited schools to operate.[3]It is registered with the California Committee of Bar Examiners.[4]Incoming students must take and pass the California First-Year Law Students' Examination ("Baby Bar") after their first year of legal study. The student must pass the "Baby Bar" to advance on to more advanced legal courses. Completion of all legal courses is required to sit for the California Bar Examination.[5]

Abraham Lincoln University School of Law is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education Accrediting Commission.[6] The Accrediting Commission is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency and is a recognized member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.


ALU was started by Hyung J. Park, a tax attorney and graduate of Loyola Law School. Classes initially were held in a conference room in his office. His first class had 12 students, including his wife.[7]

Park named his school after Abraham Lincoln partly because Lincoln had taught himself law.[7]

Bar pass rate

As of July 2015, of the 386 graduates who had sat for the California Bar Examination since 1999, some 166, or 43.0%, had passed the examination.[2]


  1. Mintz, Jessica (August 17, 2004). "Law School Profits From Classroom-Web Mix". Wall Street Journal. Archived from the original on May 20, 2016. Retrieved May 20, 2016.
  2. 1 2 "ALU Online University: Bar Exam Passage Rates". Abraham Lincoln University. Retrieved May 19, 2016.
  3. Lo, Teresa (March 4, 2016). "California's Unaccredited Law Schools Forced to Report High Dropout Rates". JDJournal. Retrieved May 19, 2016.
  4. "Law Schools". The State Bar of California. Retrieved May 19, 2016.
  5. "Guidelines for Unaccredited Law School Rules" (PDF). The State Bar of California. January 1, 2008. Retrieved May 19, 2016.
  6. Varident. "The official website of the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) | Distance Education and Training Council (DETC)". www.deac.org. Retrieved May 18, 2016.
  7. 1 2 Song, J.; Kim, V.; Poindexter, S. (July 25, 2015). "Nearly 9 in 10 students drop out of unaccredited law schools in California". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 26, 2015.

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