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It appears that the US Department of Education is targeting for-profit schools, threatening to halt federal aid if students default on student loans or do not earn enough after graduation to be able to repay them. 

Hopefully, should these rules be implemented, for-profit schools will get their acts together and start to put together quality programs.

Proposed federal rules target for-profit colleges

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In theory, yes; in practice, not always.  Being a member in good standing of the CA Bar would make you eligible to practice at a federal level, but most states will require you to be a member of their bar before being allowed to practice Federal law  in that state.  NY, CT, NJ, PA, for instance, have that requirement.  And these states do not allow non-ABA grads to sit for their exams straight-away, so it becomes an issue for online grads to practice Fed. law simply with a CA ticket. 

That was my original plan but it seems to be much more difficult to achieve than what the school had indicated.   

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If she couldn't follow the directions provided by the Bar, it's a good thing she wasn't admitted. 

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Hi, Ladylawyer:

You mentioned that you plan to practice law at the Federal level in your state (GA).  Are you sure you can do that?  I'm just finishing my first year at Concord (most likely will drop out since I think the quality of the program is dreadful and I don't want to graduate a school with the same accreditation as the Art Instruction School, but that's another thread).  They indicated to me that I could indeed practice Federal law here in NY. However, once I checked here, the Bar made it very clear that I could *not* practice law before the Federal Bar here unless I was a member in good standing with the NYS Bar.  If you've already done the legwork and have confirmed, that's great. But just be 100% sure that you can practice in GA before you go ahead and complete your studies.

Someone else mentioned that you can transfer to an ABA school from an online school. It is my understanding that it is very difficult to do so,  if not impossible.

Whatever you choose, I wish you good luck in your endeavors.

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Distance Education Law Schools / Online JD for legal writing?
« on: July 12, 2009, 09:01:47 PM »
I'm considering applying to an online JD programme... My main goal isn't- at this stage, at least- to practice law but rather to expand my skill set to include legal writing. My question is this: Would doing a non-ABA approved, online degree hinder me in the legal writing field?  I realise that there's a great degree of stigma attached to doing an online law degree and was wondering if that would extend to using it as a professional degree?  I am studying for the LSAT and do have the UGPA to get into a lower tier ABA school, but would ideally like to avoid putting myself further in debt with student loans (I have a grad. degree that I have yet to pay for...).

Any thoughts, suggestions?



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