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Law Students => Online Law Schools => Topic started by: calgal27 on February 07, 2013, 03:56:55 PM

Title: Well... I did it.... I started school at NWCU-- online of course
Post by: calgal27 on February 07, 2013, 03:56:55 PM
I took the plunge and finally enrolled at NWCU.  While I thought I would be dishelved in trying to figure out how to manage the classes and the workload, I give them kudos for giving us a schedule to work with.  They break up the modules into 4 week intervals.  That is a good thing so you can always read ahead and see what is up next.  I already have the midterm.  There are cases to brief (of course) terminology to learn... and each subject has aboout 100+ words to know.  Their biggest goal is to get you ready for the baby bar which I do not think I am going to take.  I do not want to continue at NWCU after my first year, assuming I get through it.  I plan to transfer to a state school that does accept students who have taken their first year online.  I do not want to be a lawyer or practice law.  I will be 50 when I am done.  I just want to learn and do something else.

There are some good websites out there with free flashcards so I did get some of those.  They are uploaded by other students and you can get them for free.  I actually found some by a student at NWCU.

So, we will see how long I will last.  I want it to work out but I am not sure I can juggle all the work.  Torts and Criminal Law are not that difficult but Contracts will be the thorn in my side. 

 
Title: Re: Well... I did it.... I started school at NWCU-- online of course
Post by: DeltaBravoKS on February 07, 2013, 09:36:55 PM
Good Luck!

Please keep us posted along the way if it isn't too much trouble.
Title: Re: Well... I did it.... I started school at NWCU-- online of course
Post by: livinglegend on February 07, 2013, 10:43:14 PM
Good luck one website that really helped me 1L was http://www.casebriefs.com/ just type in the case and it gives you a good analysis I would usually read this then read the textbook in the case it worked for me, but you fill figure out your own system.

One thing that also helped me were CALI lessons

Again good luck at NWCU it is not Harvard, but the law is the law.

If anyone says otherwise I always think this is a great quote

"It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor de
Title: Re: Well... I did it.... I started school at NWCU-- online of course
Post by: Marauder on February 10, 2013, 04:56:32 PM
What field are you going into that requires a law degree? 
Title: Re: Well... I did it.... I started school at NWCU-- online of course
Post by: legalpractitioner on February 10, 2013, 06:23:42 PM
Not sure how a transfer from an online school to a non online law school would work or if it is even possible?
Title: Re: Well... I did it.... I started school at NWCU-- online of course
Post by: Maintain FL 350 on February 11, 2013, 09:23:19 AM
Not sure how a transfer from an online school to a non online law school would work or if it is even possible?

I think some CBE schools will accept units from online schools that have at least some form of accreditation (probably DETC). ABA schools won't, that's for sure, but there might be a shot with the CBE schools.
Title: Re: Well... I did it.... I started school at NWCU-- online of course
Post by: calgal27 on February 24, 2013, 06:20:24 PM
Well... I am 4 weeks into this adventure.  I have already completed all 3 quizzes.  I want to try and do the terminology assignment next.  The case briefs are easy for me since I have done them before and most of the cases we are reading are landmark cases which I have read in the past.

I can see already how hard it is going to be to juggle life and these courses.  We have to read all the casebooks, all the Gilbert Summary books, listen to all the cds which I have listened to Clancey twice but the Fleming's are very long.  The terminology assignment is massive for each class. 

I can do some of the work at the office since I really have nothing to do there, but once I get home... it is kids and eBay.  eBay takes up all the time once I get home until the time I go to bed. 

Sooo.... I will keep plugging along.   The first 4 weeks was spent to get familiar with the way things are done on the site.  So I am ahead of the game.

That is what is going on now. 
Title: Re: Well... I did it.... I started school at NWCU-- online of course
Post by: DeltaBravoKS on February 25, 2013, 07:21:45 AM
Good luck, and thanks for the update.
Title: Re: Well... I did it.... I started school at NWCU-- online of course
Post by: calvinexpress on March 30, 2013, 02:22:37 PM
Can we please have another update? It's been a month since the last update? Your updates are very helpful to future online law school students such as myself.
Title: Re: Well... I did it.... I started school at NWCU-- online of course
Post by: calvinexpress on December 13, 2014, 10:11:04 PM
I guess she flunked out within the first year. She never responded or kept us updated.
Title: Re: Well... I did it.... I started school at NWCU-- online of course
Post by: barprephero on December 14, 2014, 09:14:35 PM
I guess she flunked out within the first year. She never responded or kept us updated.
Or just got a life
Title: Re: Well... I did it.... I started school at NWCU-- online of course
Post by: Davilaw on March 27, 2015, 05:22:03 AM
The  Baby Bar is a requirement to transfer your first year of online or unaccredited credits of Torts, Contracts and Crimlaw to a Cal Bar school. At least for the two I am looking at transferring to. The score is 560 to pass, but each Cal Bar school sets their own minimum.
Title: Re: Well... I did it.... I started school at NWCU-- online of course
Post by: DeltaBravoKS on March 30, 2015, 09:33:53 PM
So you've done one year at NWCU and plan on transferring to a California Bar accredited brick and mortar school?

Do you care to let us know why?  Was NWCU a test to see if you could stick with it before spending money on B&M?  Did you move to a location where a B&M is that you previously couldn't travel to in a reasonable time?

I'm not being critical (as some on here do).  I'm just curious as to why the switch?
Title: Re: Well... I did it.... I started school at NWCU-- online of course
Post by: jennid1234 on April 14, 2015, 05:05:24 PM
It's hard to motivate yourself in an online school.  I know, I graduated from Concord on Feb 28.  I took the bar exam too, I'm still a little in shock.  In 30 days I find out if I passed.  I highly recommend CLS, IF, you can stay focused, hold a job and study into the late nights and all weekend.  I am finally starting to get caught up on current events, and I read a novel on March 1.  So whether a person goes to a traditional school or now the online it takes a lot of your time.  I read somewhere on this discussion board that online schools don't partake in traditional activities.  CLS does, two teams sent to Moot Court competitions.  LEEP - is our legal intern program that puts 4L students into law offices all over the country, CLS is for real, at graduation they announced we almost have 2000 graduates!  I have a JD, and if I didn't pass the bar this time, I'm sure to pass it in July.  WHY?  Because I was pretty confident at this sitting, loved the essay questions, especially the partnership one.  As for the Performance Tests!  Who wouldn't want to argue the confrontation clause to keep out testimonial hearsay!  Yes, I loved it plus on a personal note, the name of the defendant (fictional or not) made me feel weird, my son's name.  I looked around the room looking for cameras and wondered who at the bar decided to mess with my head! 

30 more days!  Then I found out.  Yes, I will be practicing and loving every minute of it.  I can write simple wills, have extensive contract drafting background, have been assisting attorneys filing articles of incorporation/organizations in over 13 states.  Prepare hundreds of consent resolutions, bylaws, operating agreements and have been filing SEC EDGAR documents for the last 15 years.  I can and will practice business, family law, estate planning, real estate and now I want to learn immigration, my passion to help refugees all over the world.  I'll do that pro bono and I have tons of administrative law experience.  I'm 53 and soon to be a lawyer!
Title: Re: Well... I did it.... I started school at NWCU-- online of course
Post by: RedBeardVII on May 25, 2015, 10:04:15 PM
Don't keep us in suspense too long.

Online education is in its infancy, and the success stories keep the rest of us motivated. 

 :)
Title: Re: Well... I did it.... I started school at NWCU-- online of course
Post by: jennid1234 on May 26, 2015, 04:24:54 PM
I didn't pass the CA February bar exam :'(

I'm all signed up for the July test.  I couldn't believe the 39% pass rate on the February exam, I was shocked but I'll pass (HOPING JULY will be my final test) and be completely shocked.
Title: Re: Well... I did it.... I started school at NWCU-- online of course
Post by: 🍟💵🌲🍥 on May 26, 2015, 04:37:39 PM
The repeater pass rate is even lower BUT don't let that get you down too much. The reason why its lower is that most don't have the time/resources to study as hard on repeat. If you do have the time/resources then you should be able to do better now since you have real world experience and know what to expect now. Just be honest with yourself. How did you do on Essays/MBE? Which sections did you do best/worst at? Did you type it? If not then DO TYPE IT on repeat (would you take your math test in ink.........if not then why this?)
Title: Re: Well... I did it.... I started school at NWCU-- online of course
Post by: Maintain FL 350 on May 26, 2015, 05:25:39 PM
I didn't pass the CA February bar exam :'(

I'm all signed up for the July test.  I couldn't believe the 39% pass rate on the February exam, I was shocked but I'll pass (HOPING JULY will be my final test) and be completely shocked.

First off, congrats on finishing law school and taking the bar. It is a HUGE undertaking, far more than most people con comprehend.

Lots of people who graduated from ABA schools didn't pass, either. Don't let that become a mental obstacle. Like Lawguy said, examine your individual scores and see where you did well and where you need to improve. I know that sounds obvious, but many people don't make changes in their strategy and that's why they repeatedly fail.

Some people have a tough time with IRAC, some freak out on the MBE, and others just need more TIME to prepare. Find out what you need, fix it, and you'll be alright.
Title: Re: Well... I did it.... I started school at NWCU-- online of course
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