When Farzad Naeim and two dozen colleagues take California’s “baby bar” exam in October, more than just the future of their legal education will be at stake. The test results will also be an early report card on teaching law over the Internet.

Naeim and his colleagues are in the inaugural class at Concord University School of Law, the world’s first online law school. As the school is not accredited by the State Bar or the American Bar Association, students in their first year must pass the baby bar to continue toward their J.D. and the real bar exam.