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Online Law Schools / I passed the FYLSE
« on: December 12, 2011, 10:20:48 AM »
I passed the Baby Bar on the 2nd try. Total scaled score of 591.5138. Onward.

Online Law Schools / FYLSE Essays Returned
« on: September 07, 2011, 02:49:09 PM »
They came yesterday. I'm still in shock. I knew I didn't pass, but seeing the blue, yellow, pink, and green covers really drove it home. Even worse, when I read my essays, I was absolutely humiliated. Who wrote that garbage? Me. That's who. And I am just stunned. How did that happen? Not only am I shocked at my answers, I'm not happy with my writing. (I'm employed as an editor/staff writer at a magazine publishing company.) It was horrible. I knew I was apprehensive about flying to California and taking the exam, but from the looks of things, I totally freaked out. I'm seriously thinking about getting hypnotized. Don't laugh.

Online Law Schools / Colored Pencils and the Baby Bar
« on: September 05, 2011, 03:10:33 PM »
This may seem like an odd question. Can we bring colored pencils into the FYLSE testing centers? I'm working on issue spotting, and it occurs to me that I might save some time if I used colored pencils to circle the names, dates, and other facts in the hypothetical. Doing it in pencil doesn't help the facts stand out--if you know what I mean. I don't recall seeing anything about colored pencils on the instructions.

Current Law Students / Do Ugly People Deserve Legal Protection?
« on: September 04, 2011, 06:25:50 PM »
You can't make this stuff up. It's this sort of thing that gives lawyers a bad name.

Online Law Schools / Question of the day
« on: August 25, 2011, 02:42:16 PM »
From Kaplan PMBR FINALS: Constitutional Law: Core Concepts and Key Questions:

On April 15, 1984, the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) between the United States and the USSR suddenly broke down at the insistence of the Russian Foreign Minister. Two weeks later, Congress passes an Act wherein the United States will purchase and operate all of the nation's airlines. In all likelihood, Congress' power to enact this legislation will derive from:

  • a. its power to tax and provide for the general welfare
  • b. it's power to raise and support an army and declare war
  • c. it's power to regulate commerce
  • d. its powers to make laws regarding territory and other property belonging to the US

To see the answer go here>>>> Click on "Look Inside This Book" Select the table of contents. Scroll to the end, select questions and answers. Scroll down to the answer for question 3.

Current Law Students / Should We Deregulate the Legal Industry?
« on: August 22, 2011, 12:02:42 PM »
Clifford Winston and Robert W. Crandall have an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal today arguing that ending much of the current government regulation in the practice of law would lead to lower prices for legal services and more jobs for people who wish to go into the legal profession. Read the rest here>>>>>

For nearly two months, my subconscious let me know that I didn’t pass the California First-Year Law Student’s Examination (FYLSE, also called the ‘baby bar’). While I waited for my results, I checked my horoscope compulsively, drank more wine than I should have, and assured myself that there was no way I didn’t pass it. I did well on the Concord final. But at night, I dreamed of having to go back—back to the place with the giant trees, back to the library, back to church. In each of these dreams, I saw something associated with Pasadena, California, where I sat for the June 2011 FYLSE. The church was the part of the Pasadena Convention Center, where the test is given, so was the library. I knew I had failed, yet I tried the “keep a positive attitude” routine, and tried to convince myself that I had reached the 560 score that would allow me to continue, triumphantly on through my second year. Some days, it worked. Most days it didn’t.

I studied; I practiced, and I rocked the final. Then I stopped studying and practicing, and started watching theater of the macabre—the Casey Anthony trial. Read the rest here>>>>


Online Law Schools / Concord Students Graduate
« on: August 12, 2011, 07:21:55 AM »
I thought I'd share this from the Concord Connector:

Concord Celebrates 16th Graduation Ceremony
The Skirball Cultural Center has been the venue for all but the first two Concord graduation ceremonies. On Saturday, July 30th, the Concord community celebrated its 16th ceremony there on a lovely southern California day. Faculty, friends and family cheered as 24 of the 31 JD graduates and nearly half of the EJD graduating class crossed the stage to receive their diplomas from Dean Stephen Burnett. The graduates were then hooded by Associate Deans Cassandra Colchagoff and Greg Brandes. In total, 62 degrees were awarded to the summer 2011 graduating class.

David Yellen, dean and professor of law at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, delivered the keynote speech. Under his stewardship, Loyola has partnered with Concord to use Concord's proprietary learning management system and expertise to put Loyola LLM and Master of Jurisprudence degree programs online. In his remarks, he noted the growing trend in online education adding that many schools now want to copy the kind of partnership Loyola and Concord have forged.

Dean Yellen, a member of the ABA Standards Review Committee, also talked about legal education generally. With a nod toward today's more regulated economy and the need for legal training within various industries, he added, "You will see a lot of reason for Concord's existence in the future, and what Concord has offered you will become more important as time goes on."

After the graduates received their diplomas with many rounds of applause, awards were presented in recognition of service to the legal community, contribution to the law school, and academic excellence:

Professor Robert Barrett presented the Kaplan Legal Service award to: Marie Wolf.

Dean Martha Siegel presented the ALI-ABA award to: Natalie Moores.

Dean Bracci presented the Sue Lane Award (named after Concord's first registrar whose strong work ethic, compassionate nature, and service to the community are the basis for this award) to: Kathryn Hawkes.

Dean Stacey Sharp presented the EJD Award for Academic Excellence to: Shy Shorer.

Dean Greg Brandes presented the Jack Goetz Award (for highest GPA in JD class) to: Kelly Roe.

Congratulations to the summer 2011 class!

Watch the video at, Summer 2011.

Current Law Students / The ABA Under Fire. Finally!
« on: August 12, 2011, 07:09:31 AM »
I certainly hope Congress and the public keeps the pressure on the ABA. The ABA is no longer relevant, and people's fortunes should not rise and fall based on some uber-academic social club.

ABA's stance on law school accreditation transparency fails to satisfy senator reditation_transparency_fails _to_satisfy_senator_

Online Law Schools / First-year Law Student Exam
« on: August 05, 2011, 02:47:54 PM »
If you're waiting on your results, take a moment to share how you think you did.

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