Purdue renames online law school

Purdue’s online law school is changing its name.

Its Concord Law School began 25 years ago as the country’s first online law school, university officials say. But, now, it will go by Purdue Global Law School, a name administrators say better aligns with branding goals and state legal expectations.

The Purdue Global Board of Trustees voted for the change in August. The renaming takes effect Wednesday.

Officials say the new name meets an expectation communicated by the Indiana Supreme Court which is reviewing a bar licensure petition from the school. If successfully granted, the petition will allow Purdue Global graduates to sit for the Indiana bar exam and earn their state law license.

“What the Indiana Supreme Court said it wants aligns perfectly with our own goals,” Purdue Global Law School Dean Martin Pritikin said in a news release. “We were the original innovator in bringing legal education online, using technology to bring down cost and expand access. The new Purdue Global Law School name highlights our connection to the respected Purdue University system, a land-grant institution with its own well-deserved reputation for innovation.”