CDTA: Study On Your Own Time!
Many people do not have the time to advance their education during the typical morning-through-afternoon school day. Whether they work or care for loved ones, school may not be available when they are. These hopeful students seek an academic program designed for people who need to study at their own pace according to their own schedule.
Workers and caregivers find the California Desert Trial Academy (CDTA) fits their schedule perfectly for two reasons.
First, CDTA’s winning formula includes a thorough study of California Bar test subject areas, examined regularly. Of course, many California law schools rely on a similar formula. However, CDTA also supplements traditional law school curriculum with skills, values, and historical perspective to equip our students on the day they leave CDTA to be lawyers rather than just law school graduates.
Second, CDTA allows students to obtain their Juris Doctorate (J.D.) while completing most of their studies from the convenience of home. Our working students “attend” CDTA in real-time, enjoying 24/7 access to recorded class sessions, as well as other online legal resources.
Many of our students work strenuous 40-plus hour work weeks to support their families. This does not leave much time for study, let alone anything else but attending to important family needs. Many working students are employed in positions that develop relevant skills that will prepare them for success at CDTA and ultimately as practicing lawyers.
Some people are in the position of having to stay at home to care for loved ones while nonetheless wishing to pursue their academic and professional goals. CDTA affords them the opportunity to study from home and earn a professional degree.
Because of its comparatively lower cost, CDTA attracts all types of students, even recent college graduates, who do not want to incur the typical exorbitant debt that is deep-rooted in attending a traditional law school.
The internet has bridged the gap between learning at home and learning at school. The ability to have a catalog of educational resources available 24 hours a day, seven days a week is an enormous tool that I wish I had as a law student almost forty years ago.
This approach to higher learning represents a profound change from attending class at one pre-designated time and accessing learning materials that are only available for a few hours a day, a few days a week. In the digital age, access is contemporaneous rather than first-come-first-served.
A working or stay-at-home student may “attend” any class, whether torts or intellectual property, at a chosen time, rather than at a given time. Feel like learning about the law of search and seizure at 4 a.m.?
Our approach to law school and legal education is for people who need to study at their own pace according to their personal schedule. Therefore, we try to provide our important curriculum-based activities according to a schedule that considers the responsibilities of job and family.
Most law schools have classes from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. during the workweek. Not everyone has the time to devote the greater part of the day to attending several hours of class or reading several pages of case law. CDTA’s weekday classes are from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. conveniently located for those living in the Coachella Valley at our College of Law in Indio. This allows working students to attend each scheduled class outside of the traditional 40-hour per week window.
If students still miss a class, CDTA’s extensive online resources provide every class archived and available to students 24 hours a day, seven days a week. On weekends, students shift their focus to exam preparation. These weekend practice exam workshops are also available online 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
CDTA’s first classes began September 2012 and we have served the residents of the Coachella Valley for close to eight years… It won’t be long before we are happily and successfully celebrating our tenth anniversary! Call us today at (760) 342-0900 or find out more online here.