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For several years I vacillated about going to law school for several reasons. One of the reasons is that I kept hearing that it was not worth it, and it was not all what it seems.  I therefore decided to go to paralegal school and see what it was like. Honestly I am so glad I did not spend all that time and money studying to become a lawyer.  It is not as prestigious as one would think.  In my opinion it is boring, and once you know the routine and rules of your local court you literally become a paper pusher and filer.  It is a shame that law school is so expensive, since the new attorneys know nothing about practicing law, and are talked down to by experienced paralegals.  These same attorneys also seem like little puppies waiting for a bone to be tossed to them by the more senior attorneys.  Some you will continue your journey towards becoming a lawyer and all I can say....best of luck. 

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What field are you going into that requires a law degree? 

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Keep in mind even if you start the second year and do not pass the baby bar you must decide to either quit or join their non attorney program, which will not provide you the opportunity to sit for the bar exam.  This is what I have read in reference to Concord...not sure if Abraham Lincoln Law School has a non attorney program.

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What law school do you attend?

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I believe you are allowed three attempts (if you desire) before starting your second year.  If you do not pass by your third attempt I think calling it quits is reasonable.   Personally I think I would hang it up after the second try.  I believe you have 5 or seven years to complete your law degree.  So assuming it takes you three attempts that is about a year and half of down time.   

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Distance Education Law Schools / Re: Taft, ALU, Concord
« on: August 03, 2012, 02:06:25 AM »
I am near a couple of ABA law schools. However I have spoken to a few students from those schools and was told that the work load is immense, especially 1L.  They are up way into the night after going to class, and even then it is difficult to sleep because of the work load and memorization required to be successful.   I guess sleep deprivation is a requirement in law school.

Some students apparently start taking Night Quill or similar drugs a few weeks before finals in an attempt to figure out the correct doses so they can sleep thru the night and not feel drowsy during the day...especially on exam day. 

I am also not willing to spend 30k to 40k plus a year to go to law school.  As for going to a B&M law school not having ABA accreditation, not so sure if there is a huge advantage going to those schools.  In my opinion having a regulatory test like the baby bar for schools like TLS, CLS or ALU is not so bad at least it will keep you from spending more money and time in law school.  In other words, 10K  spent is better than 40k!

I think most attorneys at one time or another have taken on clients they soon regret. Additionally I have never been asked by a client about the law school a particular attorney graduated from.   

I also went to the trouble to ask local and state government human resources if they would recognize TLS or CLS law degrees (for non-attorney positions) and they told me they would, since both law schools have CHEA accreditation.  As for actually hiring me, only time will tell, but being a sole practitioner might not be so bad.

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Distance Education Law Schools / Re: Taft, ALU, Concord
« on: August 02, 2012, 05:52:23 PM »
For me online law school is my only reasonable option for the simple reason that I need to work full-time.  Being unemployed while in law school and not knowing the eventual outcome does not sit well with me.  I need to make sure I will not have to accept any legal job...simply because I need to pay my bills or out of desperation. 

I have heard too many stories of unemployed law students that have graduated, passed the bar but cannot find a job.  I am also not 20 something with few responsibilities.  That is my story and I am sticking with it!

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Distance Education Law Schools / Re: Taft, ALU, Concord
« on: July 31, 2012, 06:35:33 PM »
I am glad you brought up the comparison between the two schools.    If you had to do it all over again what school would you go to or recommend?  I currently work as a paralegal in family law and as much as I tell myself not to go to law school it is always in the back of my mind.  BTW I love what I do, but would like to one day have my own practice in family law and immigration.  In the meantime I am attempting to become a LDA (Legal Document Assistant) in California so I can become self employed. 

In your opinion why do people fail the baby bar?  Is it lack of preparation! 

I presume that ABA law schools in 1L finals must have a similar test, hence the reason for not requiring its students to take the baby bar. 

Do you teach at TLS?

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Distance Education Law Schools / Re: Taft, ALU, Concord
« on: July 30, 2012, 09:31:59 PM »
Do you teach at Taft and would you recommend it. 

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I believe you went to TLS, but dropped out.  Did this come into play when re-applying to other law schools?

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