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When I get asked by a former student, I ask them for their CV and try to write them a helpful letter referencing accomplishments and skills.  Takes about ten minutes tops.  Asking the recipient to draft their own letter displays a certain lack of collegiality as well as defeating the entire purpose of the letter.  Heck it is just plain slack IMO.

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Sure, some of my best briefs have been inspired by others but I draw the line at asking the recipient to draft their own letter of recommendation.

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By the way, the supervising attorney seems both ethically and legally challenged if they can't crap out a couple paragraphs in your favor on their own.  Guess the loser can;t even dictate into their IPad

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Huh?  They just opened the candy jar and you don't want any?  Write a glowing review. As for the lazy supervising attorney shame on them.  I can only imagine their briefs are all copy and paste jobs.

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Distance Education Law Schools / Re: Touro College vs. Novus
« on: October 05, 2014, 10:22:01 AM »
FreshlyMinted, I can't decide whether you truly don't understand what we wrote or you are a very good, subtle troll. I'm hoping for the latter for you personally, even though it wouldn't be great for the board.
Trolling for what? What part do you think I have wrong. I have been spot on, sorry that I have a mind of my own. I stand by what I said.

Anyone who is something, and is something essentially, possesses "eo ipso," the claim to be recognized for exactly this special thing, and for nothing more or less.  Søren Kierkegaard

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Distance Education Law Schools / Re: Touro College vs. Novus
« on: October 04, 2014, 04:32:42 PM »
What I mean is that an LL.M program does not teach the skills required to be a good lawyer. They assume that you learned those skills in your JD program. LL.M programs are more like a standard master's.

Therefore, someone who doesn't learn that stuff in a real law school but does get an LL.M (and perhaps a ticket to the bar exam), is seriously lacking IMHO.

And yes, for the purposes of this discussion I assuming that most people with a non-bar qualifying JD enroll in a bar-qualifying LL.M program in order to take the bar.

That LLM won't get anyone a bar ticket. A US LLM specifically geared to foreign attorneys might along with the right credentials. On the other hand if one were wanting to go into a human rights career, it's not a bad degree at all.

However, instead of going offshore for an online degree, the reasonable thing to do is enroll at Taft or Concord and take the First Year Law Exam.  I have worked with at least two other Taft graduates who have been practicing in difficult areas of the law.

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Distance Education Law Schools / Re: Touro College vs. Novus
« on: October 04, 2014, 04:26:33 PM »
FreshlyMinted, I can't decide whether you truly don't understand what we wrote or you are a very good, subtle troll. I'm hoping for the latter for you personally, even though it wouldn't be great for the board.

Yes, that would be a real online LLM from England.  It does not require a previous law degree. However, unlike their LLB, I don't see how it qualifies one to be a solicitor or attorney.

The courses deal with specialized areas of the law, not basic law.

However, it does look like a great alternative to say a regionally accredited  Masters in Legal Studies from Kaplan University.

But unless bar admission committees are bone stupid, it won't get  anyone a bar ticket.

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Distance Education Law Schools / Re: Touro College vs. Novus
« on: October 03, 2014, 05:26:32 PM »
Bad for the profession but especially bad for the student who may have been initially deceived by Novus.  But I think as far as a Novus grad practicing law, that is a moot question because I really doubt there are any.

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Distance Education Law Schools / Re: Touro College vs. Novus
« on: October 03, 2014, 10:05:04 AM »
Novus has no faculty, no accreditation, and no lawyers apparently associated with it. Except based on misrepresentation, how can that be grounds for admission into an accredited LLM program?  Diploma mill degrees are never valid, that is what Touro is seeking in the way of a finding by a court.  Allowing a Novus grad to take a bar would be a complete undermining of the entire system. California online grads have to take the First Year Law Exam - Novus grads nothing.  Additionally, Novus is not a foreign law school.  They are simply an alleged offshore corporation not recognized as a school in their home jurisdiction RMI or anywhere else.  Touro will get discovery and if Novus complies, more facts will come out.

Novus is almost certainly an IBC and therefore cannot legally do business or trade in their home jurisdiction, the RMI.

http://www.ocra.com/jurisdictions/marshall.asp

The few jurisdictions that offer lawyer supervised study have no need of Novus nor would any attorney want anything to do with them IMO.


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Distance Education Law Schools / Re: Touro College vs. Novus
« on: October 02, 2014, 07:56:37 PM »
I guess Novus did it's research when it chose California as its operation HQ.  I will say it is virtually impossible to get the AG's office to act on a consumer complaint.  The fact that Touro got Novus served and to answer is impressive.

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