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Title: Is an Online degree useful for law school?
Post by: tito_99 on January 03, 2011, 01:24:56 PM
Hello Everyone,

I'm new to this website and looking forward to your help and discussions. Here's my situation, I'm currently attending an online university called American Public University (not sure if any of you have heard of the school) It is part of American Public University System. It is Regionally Accredited by the North Central Association for Schools and Colleges. I'm pursuing my B.A. in History with a minor in Middle East Studies and would love to move onto to Law School, But I'm very concerned Law Schools won't take my on-line degree into consideration for Admissions.

I want to apply to all 4-tier ranking law schools from Yale, Columbia, to Whittier, University of Southern California, and University of Texas.

I need your help and advise.

Thanks.
Title: Re: Is an Online degree useful for law school?
Post by: MEMEMEME on January 04, 2011, 03:04:31 PM
Go to a regular college.
Title: Re: Is an Online degree useful for law school?
Post by: tito_99 on January 04, 2011, 05:43:07 PM
Go to a regular college.

What If you can't go to a regular college because you work full-time and regular business hours? Very few brick-n-mortar schools offer interested programs to get your BA/BS from.
Title: Re: Is an Online degree useful for law school?
Post by: wjo9522 on January 04, 2011, 07:36:26 PM
If you can't get over the online school stigma that is suggested by other LSD posters, take a look at transferring to a brick and mortar school in your area that offers online courses; an extension campus, perhaps.  Your degree or transcript will not indicate that you went to school online, only that you attended the "regular" school, just like everyone else.
Title: Re: Is an Online degree useful for law school?
Post by: MEMEMEME on January 05, 2011, 04:49:01 AM
A lot of universities have evening programs. I'd be surprised if your local universities do not.
Title: Re: Is an Online degree useful for law school?
Post by: tito_99 on January 05, 2011, 06:31:28 PM
A lot of universities have evening programs. I'd be surprised if your local universities do not.

They don't really offer night classes like before, because of the budget cuts California is going through. Majority of the Upper-Division History classes are either day or mid-afternoon courses. It really sucks too, since it will take much longer for me to finish that what I want it to anticipate for Graduation.

Nearest schools to me are either Cal State LA, or Cal State Northridge. Both have been suffering from reducing class offerings.
Title: Re: Is an Online degree useful for law school?
Post by: wjo9522 on April 27, 2011, 06:50:24 PM
APUS also operates American Military University.  A good friend of mine was accepted to William and Mary with an AMU BS and great LSAT score.  I think the latter carried more weight than the former.

Good Luck.
Title: Re: Is an Online degree useful for law school?
Post by: tito_99 on May 01, 2011, 12:28:43 AM
APUS also operates American Military University.  A good friend of mine was accepted to William and Mary with an AMU BS and great LSAT score.  I think the latter carried more weight than the former.

Good Luck.

That's impressive! Congratulations to your friend for getting accepted into William & Mary. That's a good, competitive school to get accepted into. Its brings more confidence to me about applying to law school using my undergraduate degree from APUS.
Title: Re: Is an Online degree useful for law school?
Post by: haus on May 01, 2011, 08:07:51 AM
tito_99,

For what it is worth, I am an someone who is merely considering law school, my undergrad degree is from Strayer University, not prestigious in any way shape or form. It was the 11th college/university that I attended in pursuit of my BS over the course of 16 years. I chose Strayer because they were situated near where I lived and worked and had a program flexible enough to help me take the big mess of transcripts that I had and apply them to a degree in two years of part-time study. Earning the degree helped me in my primary career (IT/InfoSec) as my employer felt that I was now worth 15% more then before I had the degree. Despite this I felt disappointed in the way that I had wrapped things up and the degree that I received.

I decided that I wanted an additional degree, from a more (positively) recognizable educational institution, but at the same time I was unwilling to walk away from my career. So I started looking for respected schools that had programs geared towards working adults that were either in the DC region or that had means of offering courses to those not physically nearby for a lion's share of the degree program. My short list came down to Johns Hopkins, George Washington, Columbia, and Harvard. The first two being near DC, the other two had on-line offerings. After looking them over, contacting faculty & students, and considering various pros and cons that stood out to me, I chose Harvard (specifically Harvard's Extension School for a Masters (ALM) degree in Information Technology).

This degree requires twelve course, one of them must be in person at the campus in Cambridge, MA. The path that I have chosen has lead to three classes in person, I am currently in the last few weeks of this third and final in residence course. Two of these course I have flown up for class mid-day, attended the class at night, and then flown back home the following morning, the other course was a J-term course, which I rented a room for three weeks, took vacation time from work and stayed near campus.

While working on this degree I have become more aware of how much impact legal matters have in the InfoSec world, which has lead me to consider pursing a JD. Over the last two years or so, I have reached out to speak with members of the admissions teams at some of the DC area law schools with PT programs, as well as students who are attending these schools. Some of my areas of concern are the relatively poor performance when I started school back in early 90s and a degree from a non-prestigious school. Most of the advice that I received was of a similar nature. The poor performance early on would hurt some as it lead to a lower overall GPA (~3.1), but the overall improving trend, and a strong finish (last 13 courses came in at over 3.9) would at least be noted. As for the school that I graduated from, no one seem particular bothered by it, albeit no one was particularly excited about it either, I suspect that the same would said of the school that you are attending.

I would like to take a moment to plug Harvard Extension School (HES) as a possible option for those finding it difficult to find a college that meets their needs to complete a Bachelors degree. To earn a Bachelors (ALB) at HES, one needs to complete 4 classes in person. Under graduate courses currently cost ~$950 each. Generally speaking admissions into a degree program is based on successful completion of three courses (see their website for details).

I wish you the nest of luck on completing your degree and your pursuit of law school.
Title: Re: Is an Online degree useful for law school?
Post by: tito_99 on June 17, 2011, 05:19:10 PM
tito_99,

For what it is worth, I am an someone who is merely considering law school, my undergrad degree is from Strayer University, not prestigious in any way shape or form. It was the 11th college/university that I attended in pursuit of my BS over the course of 16 years. I chose Strayer because they were situated near where I lived and worked and had a program flexible enough to help me take the big mess of transcripts that I had and apply them to a degree in two years of part-time study. Earning the degree helped me in my primary career (IT/InfoSec) as my employer felt that I was now worth 15% more then before I had the degree. Despite this I felt disappointed in the way that I had wrapped things up and the degree that I received.

I decided that I wanted an additional degree, from a more (positively) recognizable educational institution, but at the same time I was unwilling to walk away from my career. So I started looking for respected schools that had programs geared towards working adults that were either in the DC region or that had means of offering courses to those not physically nearby for a lion's share of the degree program. My short list came down to Johns Hopkins, George Washington, Columbia, and Harvard. The first two being near DC, the other two had on-line offerings. After looking them over, contacting faculty & students, and considering various pros and cons that stood out to me, I chose Harvard (specifically Harvard's Extension School for a Masters (ALM) degree in Information Technology).

This degree requires twelve course, one of them must be in person at the campus in Cambridge, MA. The path that I have chosen has lead to three classes in person, I am currently in the last few weeks of this third and final in residence course. Two of these course I have flown up for class mid-day, attended the class at night, and then flown back home the following morning, the other course was a J-term course, which I rented a room for three weeks, took vacation time from work and stayed near campus.

While working on this degree I have become more aware of how much impact legal matters have in the InfoSec world, which has lead me to consider pursing a JD. Over the last two years or so, I have reached out to speak with members of the admissions teams at some of the DC area law schools with PT programs, as well as students who are attending these schools. Some of my areas of concern are the relatively poor performance when I started school back in early 90s and a degree from a non-prestigious school. Most of the advice that I received was of a similar nature. The poor performance early on would hurt some as it lead to a lower overall GPA (~3.1), but the overall improving trend, and a strong finish (last 13 courses came in at over 3.9) would at least be noted. As for the school that I graduated from, no one seem particular bothered by it, albeit no one was particularly excited about it either, I suspect that the same would said of the school that you are attending.

I would like to take a moment to plug Harvard Extension School (HES) as a possible option for those finding it difficult to find a college that meets their needs to complete a Bachelors degree. To earn a Bachelors (ALB) at HES, one needs to complete 4 classes in person. Under graduate courses currently cost ~$950 each. Generally speaking admissions into a degree program is based on successful completion of three courses (see their website for details).

I wish you the nest of luck on completing your degree and your pursuit of law school.


Haus,

What law school(s) are you looking into applying to?
Title: Re: Is an Online degree useful for law school?
Post by: tito_99 on June 17, 2011, 05:23:23 PM
APUS also operates American Military University.  A good friend of mine was accepted to William and Mary with an AMU BS and great LSAT score.  I think the latter carried more weight than the former.

Good Luck.

wjo9522,

What Major/Concentration did your friend study at AMU?
Title: Re: Is an Online degree useful for law school?
Post by: haus on June 22, 2011, 08:16:29 PM
Haus,

What law school(s) are you looking into applying to?

For me selecting potential schools will be based on career/family issues. At the moment I am living and working in Northern Virginia, as such I would likely blanket the part-time programs in the DC area: Georgetown (major reach), George Washington (very expensive), George Mason (more affordable with in-state tuition), American (very expensive), Catholic (very expensive), and UDC (very low ranked, but even out of city tuition is less than in-state at Mason).

The internal argument that I have is the role a JD would play in my expected career path, and what it would be worth in price. I suspect that if I managed to somehow get Georgetown to let me in the door (unlikely, I know) I think that I would be willing to pay the hefty sticker price. Sticker at GW, American, or Catholic I am not so sure about (and to make matters worse, it appears these programs are not very generous with PT students). The more affordable schools Mason & UDC do not look to be overly punishing from a financial stand point, although I am bothered by the five nights a week that 1Ls need to attend as PT students at Mason.

Actually if one of the local programs offered something like the weekend PT program that Hamline has, I would be interested, but it currently does not exist and I am not holding my breath for it to happen in the near future. I have actually considered applying to Hamline and flying up each weekend. Of course, this is insane, but I have bee traveling up to Cambridge off and on for weekly courses for my Masters degree program at the Harvard Extension School.

For work and family reasons I my consider moving to Connecticut, should this happen my options would likely change to UConn and Quinnipiac.

Sorry for the long winded answer to a simple question.
Title: Re: Is an Online degree useful for law school?
Post by: tito_99 on June 24, 2011, 02:14:40 PM
Haus,

What law school(s) are you looking into applying to?

For me selecting potential schools will be based on career/family issues. At the moment I am living and working in Northern Virginia, as such I would likely blanket the part-time programs in the DC area: Georgetown (major reach), George Washington (very expensive), George Mason (more affordable with in-state tuition), American (very expensive), Catholic (very expensive), and UDC (very low ranked, but even out of city tuition is less than in-state at Mason).

The internal argument that I have is the role a JD would play in my expected career path, and what it would be worth in price. I suspect that if I managed to somehow get Georgetown to let me in the door (unlikely, I know) I think that I would be willing to pay the hefty sticker price. Sticker at GW, American, or Catholic I am not so sure about (and to make matters worse, it appears these programs are not very generous with PT students). The more affordable schools Mason & UDC do not look to be overly punishing from a financial stand point, although I am bothered by the five nights a week that 1Ls need to attend as PT students at Mason.

Actually if one of the local programs offered something like the weekend PT program that Hamline has, I would be interested, but it currently does not exist and I am not holding my breath for it to happen in the near future. I have actually considered applying to Hamline and flying up each weekend. Of course, this is insane, but I have bee traveling up to Cambridge off and on for weekly courses for my Masters degree program at the Harvard Extension School.

For work and family reasons I my consider moving to Connecticut, should this happen my options would likely change to UConn and Quinnipiac.

Sorry for the long winded answer to a simple question.


I know George Washington University and American University take a good number of slitters into their JD programs. I'm not sure about Georgetown and George Mason. It doesn't hurt to apply to all the Law schools you want to consider attending. UCONN is a pretty good law school.

Have you taken the LSAT exam?
Title: Re: Is an Online degree useful for law school?
Post by: haus on June 24, 2011, 07:57:20 PM

I know George Washington University and American University take a good number of slitters into their JD programs. I'm not sure about Georgetown and George Mason. It doesn't hurt to apply to all the Law schools you want to consider attending. UCONN is a pretty good law school.

Have you taken the LSAT exam?

I have not taken the LSAT. My current thought is that I want to stay focused on completing my masters degree, which should be done in December. I have promised my family that I will take two years before I start another degree. Although I suspect I can get away with using a portion of this time to prep for the LSAT.

Back in January, while I was taking time off from work to attend a January Term course at school, I opted to spend a few hours taking timed practice exam (PT60) and scored 154. While the score was lower than I was hoping for, it was without any prep. I am fairly confident that improvement from this first score should be possible.
Title: Re: Is an Online degree useful for law school?
Post by: tito_99 on June 24, 2011, 08:21:58 PM

I know George Washington University and American University take a good number of slitters into their JD programs. I'm not sure about Georgetown and George Mason. It doesn't hurt to apply to all the Law schools you want to consider attending. UCONN is a pretty good law school.

Have you taken the LSAT exam?

I have not taken the LSAT. My current thought is that I want to stay focused on completing my masters degree, which should be done in December. I have promised my family that I will take two years before I start another degree. Although I suspect I can get away with using a portion of this time to prep for the LSAT.

Back in January, while I was taking time off from work to attend a January Term course at school, I opted to spend a few hours taking timed practice exam (PT60) and scored 154. While the score was lower than I was hoping for, it was without any prep. I am fairly confident that improvement from this first score should be possible.


I'm sure you'll do  much better in the actual exam. I'm hoping to take a prep class to get more understanding of the exam. Plus, I want to try the study guides and books to get an idea. I'm hoping to apply to Georgetown, Northwestern, USC Gould College of Law (even though those schools are tough to get accepted into).
Title: Re: Is an Online degree useful for law school?
Post by: financialandtaxguy on June 26, 2011, 06:37:00 PM
Since APU is regionally accredited, I don't think the issue will be the online degree if you can get a high score on your LSAT.  Are you sure you want to pour all that money into a traditional high powered law school, that brings no guarantee of high income in return after graduating and passing the bar?
Title: Re: Is an Online degree useful for law school?
Post by: fortook on July 02, 2011, 05:26:34 PM
Its all in the LSAT for the vast majority of schools.  I can't remember the formula they use, but you should be able to look it up and see how each school alters it to emphasize either grades or LSAT.  If you get a decent LSAT score, they probably won't care about your undergrad.  No one really cares about undergrad anymore.

It looks like you are planing to apply to a ton of schools.  You know it averages $80-$100 per application per school, right?  Get you score and then see what schools are in your range.  Don't just apply to all 200+ schools, plan a little. Good luck.
Title: Re: Is an Online degree useful for law school?
Post by: haus on July 04, 2011, 07:01:04 PM
As I stated before, my selection will be limited in scope by which area will make sense for my family to live in. On the high-side I am looking at about 6 applications. Even if they came in at $200 a pop, I am considering the possibility of spending 4 years (PT) and possibly over 100k in cost, the application fees are a rounding error in this calculation.
Title: Re: Is an Online degree useful for law school?
Post by: fortook on July 04, 2011, 07:24:52 PM
haus, that's kool buddy.  I was more intending to hint, nicely, to the OP that he has a ton of research to do.  Saying you want to apply to all 4-tier schools from Yale to Columbia (or whatever top 14 school he mentioned) shows a serious miss/dissunderstanding of the system.  6 schools is normal, but to apply to say 50 is $5000 in fees and somewhat aimless.  Granted $5000 is chump change considering the overall cost, but still not many of us have $5000 in disposable income lying around, hence the need for a strategy. There are schools that no one should go to based on accreditation, location, employment, cost just to name a few important factors. Why waste resources (money) applying to schools you have no intention of going to?
Title: Re: Is an Online degree useful for law school?
Post by: haus on July 04, 2011, 10:56:28 PM
fortook,

My apologies for reading something into your comments that simply were not there.
Title: Re: Is an Online degree useful for law school?
Post by: tito_99 on July 05, 2011, 05:17:42 PM
haus, that's kool buddy.  I was more intending to hint, nicely, to the OP that he has a ton of research to do.  Saying you want to apply to all 4-tier schools from Yale to Columbia (or whatever top 14 school he mentioned) shows a serious miss/dissunderstanding of the system.  6 schools is normal, but to apply to say 50 is $5000 in fees and somewhat aimless.  Granted $5000 is chump change considering the overall cost, but still not many of us have $5000 in disposable income lying around, hence the need for a strategy. There are schools that no one should go to based on accreditation, location, employment, cost just to name a few important factors. Why waste resources (money) applying to schools you have no intention of going to?

Fortook,

I'm actually looking into applying at Tiers I and II. I do have intentions of going into law school, depends on which ones I end up applying to and getting accepted. I will also be looking at schools who offer fee waivers for their applications, I've heard of a few folks who were lucky enough to receive fee waivers from plenty of law schools. I understand I exaggerated when I originally posted about applying into 50 schools, the maximum that I would aim to apply to would be 15. Even then, that's pushing it. Like I said, I'm looking into options, choices from the Law Schools I aim at applying to.
Title: Re: Is an Online degree useful for law school?
Post by: fortook on July 05, 2011, 07:56:50 PM
Good luck tito. Like the rest of the posters I doubt your online degree will be a problem, that doesn't mean it is an asset though.  Have you taken the LSAT yet?  While your online degree probably won't be a problem (i.e bar), the field is still very competitive.  You'll need a killer LSAT score. Aiming Tier 1 and 2 is ambitious for everyone, including people who got their Bachelor's brick and mortar Ivy style.  I wish you well.
Title: Re: Is an Online degree useful for law school?
Post by: tito_99 on July 06, 2011, 01:27:15 PM
Good luck tito. Like the rest of the posters I doubt your online degree will be a problem, that doesn't mean it is an asset though.  Have you taken the LSAT yet?  While your online degree probably won't be a problem (i.e bar), the field is still very competitive.  You'll need a killer LSAT score. Aiming Tier 1 and 2 is ambitious for everyone, including people who got their Bachelor's brick and mortar Ivy style.  I wish you well.

Fortook,

I haven't taken the LSAT, yet. Have you taken it? how did you perform on it and what advise do you suggest in preparation to excel on the exam? No doubt about it that it's a very competitive field to get into, especially in this rough economy. Lately, I've been thinking of holding off on applying right after I finish college, until the economy gets better. Thank you for wishing me well on the process, it will be tough one, just like medical school.
Title: Re: Is an Online degree useful for law school?
Post by: hilda on September 26, 2011, 07:30:55 AM
Anyone have a comment on mid-atlantic ??? ???
Title: Re: Is an Online degree useful for law school?
Post by: justanothersucker on October 11, 2011, 02:12:17 PM
Honestly they won't care where you went. You are mentioning a "regionally accredited" online college. They will view that BETTER than if you went to a "national" physical school. It is worth mentioning though, that even Berkley will tell you they accept DETC. (I got bored one day and asked using http://www.pennfoster.edu as my theorectical school that I planned to get a BA from)

Hello Everyone,

I'm new to this website and looking forward to your help and discussions. Here's my situation, I'm currently attending an online university called American Public University (not sure if any of you have heard of the school) It is part of American Public University System. It is Regionally Accredited by the North Central Association for Schools and Colleges. I'm pursuing my B.A. in History with a minor in Middle East Studies and would love to move onto to Law School, But I'm very concerned Law Schools won't take my on-line degree into consideration for Admissions.

I want to apply to all 4-tier ranking law schools from Yale, Columbia, to Whittier, University of Southern California, and University of Texas.

I need your help and advise.

Thanks.
Title: Re: Is an Online degree useful for law school?
Post by: fortook on October 13, 2011, 02:14:03 PM
Hi tito,

I took the LSAT twice.  My first score was well, awful, and pitted me at terrible fourth tier schools as my options.  Some schools no one should go to.  There are schools that have less than %50 employment numbers.  Less than half their grads can find a job, that's messed up and many of these schools should close their doors out of basic human decency. My second score was much better and landed me many more better options.  I got lucky because most schools don't average multiple scores anymore. It was hard for me to wrap my head around how important this stupid f.ing test is.  The LSAT, almost exclusively, can make you or break you.  In a way its good for you because it makes your online degree, and all undergrad degrees for that matter, nearly meaningless.

Powerscore has great prep books.  Master the LSAT is good too.  An understanding of logic and a bunch of prep tests do wonders.  I took a Kaplan course- utter waste of money.  The prep books are much better.  I didn't like Kaplan or Prinston, but I have talk to at least one person who like the former, no one who liked the latter. Good luck buddy.
Title: Re: Is an Online degree useful for law school?
Post by: GovLaw on November 16, 2011, 11:56:52 AM
As long as the school is regionally accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. government the fact that the degree is online shouldn't hurt you - though as many stated, it really isn't a big plus.  Your most important factor will be the LSAT, take a prep course if you possibly can.
Title: Re: Is an Online degree useful for law school?
Post by: justanothersucker on November 17, 2011, 09:41:20 AM
Most online regional schools have a physical campus anyways. The degree and transcripts look the same. Unless they ask (which they won't) they won't even be able to tell the difference.

As long as the school is regionally accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. government the fact that the degree is online shouldn't hurt you - though as many stated, it really isn't a big plus.  Your most important factor will be the LSAT, take a prep course if you possibly can.
Title: Re: Is an Online degree useful for law school?
Post by: GovLaw on November 17, 2011, 10:42:46 AM
Indeed.
Title: Re: Is an Online degree useful for law school?
Post by: legalpractitioner on November 19, 2011, 02:47:08 PM
I think law school admissions departments know a prune from a plum, APUS may be accredited but like other online schools does not have a good reputation in general owing to low admission standards and lax grading for retention purposes. An APUS graduate could have a rough time getting admitted at a better law school.
Title: Re: Is an Online degree useful for law school?
Post by: tito_99 on November 20, 2011, 09:48:08 AM
I think law school admissions departments know a prune from a plum, APUS may be accredited but like other online schools does not have a good reputation in general owing to low admission standards and lax grading for retention purposes. An APUS graduate could have a rough time getting admitted at a better law school.

I did my research and found out that 2 A.P.U.S. alumni were admitted to University of Michigan Law School. One is currently attending there, the other is practicing law at a big law firm in Houston. 

Like everyone on here has it, it all depends on your GPA, LSAT scores, and the school being Regionally accredited.

Title: Re: Is an Online degree useful for law school?
Post by: fortook on November 20, 2011, 09:54:05 AM
No one wants to admit it (Including me- I went to a prestigious undergrad :)), but undergrad doesn't carry the same weight it used to.  You should be fine- if APUS grads got into U of MI, then top schools are in reach for you.  Good luck.
Title: Re: Is an Online degree useful for law school?
Post by: tito_99 on November 20, 2011, 10:05:25 AM
Hi tito,

I took the LSAT twice.  My first score was well, awful, and pitted me at terrible fourth tier schools as my options.  Some schools no one should go to.  There are schools that have less than %50 employment numbers.  Less than half their grads can find a job, that's messed up and many of these schools should close their doors out of basic human decency. My second score was much better and landed me many more better options.  I got lucky because most schools don't average multiple scores anymore. It was hard for me to wrap my head around how important this stupid f.ing test is.  The LSAT, almost exclusively, can make you or break you.  In a way its good for you because it makes your online degree, and all undergrad degrees for that matter, nearly meaningless.

Powerscore has great prep books.  Master the LSAT is good too.  An understanding of logic and a bunch of prep tests do wonders.  I took a Kaplan course- utter waste of money.  The prep books are much better.  I didn't like Kaplan or Prinston, but I have talk to at least one person who like the former, no one who liked the latter. Good luck buddy.

Hi Fortook,

How's your law school applications going so far? 

How many law schools are you aiming at applying to?

Title: Re: Is an Online degree useful for law school?
Post by: legalpractitioner on August 03, 2012, 02:08:37 PM
Both employers and law schools would rank an online Bachelors quite low - at the bottom. Sure the degree is accredited but unless the student has something else to offer like a great work or military background, I would be wary of someone who didn't want the hassle of showing up for classes. And I'd have to say some of the for profit online schools may be more interested in retaining students than tough academic standards.
Title: Re: Is an Online degree useful for law school?
Post by: cooley3L on August 04, 2012, 10:47:44 AM
Regional is Regional. They don't care if online or not. Just GPA and LSAT.

If DETC, then your odds are lower. I have known people to get into law school with DETC undergrad though.

If non-accredited/state-approved only, then you best apply in that state (and good luck).
Title: Re: Is an Online degree useful for law school?
Post by: legalpractitioner on August 05, 2012, 07:29:54 AM
Hard to imagine anyone with such spotty credentials passing law school..
Title: Re: Is an Online degree useful for law school?
Post by: haus on August 05, 2012, 07:33:05 AM
Hard to imagine anyone with such spotty credentials passing law school..

Past performance is not a guarantee of future results.
Title: Re: Is an Online degree useful for law school?
Post by: cooley3L on August 05, 2012, 03:55:06 PM
Hard to imagine anyone with such spotty credentials passing law school..
this coming from the online grad/online law prof?  ???
You made it.
Title: Re: Is an Online degree useful for law school?
Post by: Nor-Cal on August 05, 2012, 09:35:56 PM
The reality is this, online education is not what it used to be. Many individuals who would never have considered online education are now changing their perception as it becomes more acceptable. Although I've never attended APU, they are considered a very good online university. Granted they are not an ivy league university, but they are no less creditable than your run of the mill state college.

Earning an online degree requires more maturity, dedication, and time management than most B&M universities with more of a traditional structure where students are forced to attend class or they fail. This discipline could be very adventitious and transition well into law school. Take into consideration that in some law related circles, where you went to school really matters; but that pertains to where you went to law school and not where you went for undergraduate.