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Messages - jennid1234
« on: May 08, 2013, 01:28:39 PM »
Taft like Concord is a good way to achieve if your ambition is to become a lawyer. I'm at Concord, and in June I will be halfway through my third year. It's a lot of work, especially if you have a full time job. Loving this year because I passed the baby bar in October. I took the baby bar twice and barely passed the second time, but studying for that test while doing second year classes and working was incredibly hard - no vacation last year - but went to a Raider game before the October test to just clear my mind. This year was a shocker, 6 classes to start and now that I passed my elective, dropping to 5 classes is a little easier. I am looking forward to only 4 classes in July as our legal research final is in June. My progress was slow at first but now I'm maintaining an agressive schedule of studying every chance I can. I still love the law, evidence is a great class this year, professional responsibility has a great instructor. Legal analysis is hard and my corporations class - EASY EASY - since I work in the corporate group at a law firm (LARGE law firm). I have no regrets leaving it in two years to practice in CALI;) Will be close to family, this goal, although not completed, was well worth the work!
« on: January 15, 2013, 12:54:44 PM »
Every quarter Concord Law School posts alumni updates and many of the graduates are in government jobs some administrative, others practicing law. The graduates are not all sole practishioners, we even have a group of four that started their own law firm last year. So, it doesn't matter the route you take, if you are good at being a lawyer then who cares if you are at a prominent law firm. I do a lot of volunteering and I also work full time, in my 3rd year now at Concord and during this economic hard time, what I consider my biggest asset is being active in the community which does make a difference. Not only is your skill important upon graduation but overall character counts too. Real tired of the snobs out there that think online or schools not of ABA status challenging our credentials and potential. Choose a school that is a best fit for you! You will succeed.
« on: January 11, 2013, 06:29:59 PM »
As I sit here and type this thinking back on the challenges the last two years have been, I have to say it has all been worth it. I'm not the sharpest knife if you get my point, my LSAT score from 2002 would not get me into the brick and mortar school I dreamed of attending and so I considered Concord back in 2002 but waiting was better until my youngest son graduated high school. I am now a third year student at Concord, passed the FYLSE on my second attempt (barely) but my grades suffered as I juggled studying for the FYLSE while staying on track with my second year studies.
It is hard to juggle school and a full time job, BUT I WILL pass the bar. My dream is coming true and I turned 50 this year. So, if you want to be a LAWYER. Go for it! Don't think it's not worth it, enjoy the learning, love the cases, the issues but most of all 2 years from now for me - I'll be living MY dream which I put off for so many years. I admire all my professors too, all of them have practiced and they really encourage and help us when needed.
Best wishes to all who want to go back and learn - the law IS exciting.
« on: December 28, 2012, 07:41:01 PM »
« on: December 28, 2012, 07:26:01 PM »
Statistics on the last bar exam in Jun 2012 state the passage rate percentage for CA Accredited was 31% for first time takers, repeaters 10% and all takers 19%. For all takers in the unaccredited category - 15%, not much difference between CA Accredited and the Unaccredited and the repeaters for unaccredited was 12% HIGHER than the accredited 10%. Feb 2012 - first time takers - same percentage 33% in both categories. I don't know seems to me the CA ABA pass rate not anything to boast about either at 68% and 53% on the same respective tests. Tightening standards will mean what? No more distance learning or correspondence schools? We shall see.
« on: December 14, 2012, 06:53:14 PM »
It was posted on my admissions status on the Ca Bar Future Lawyers website
« on: December 14, 2012, 02:36:25 PM »
I failed the June FYLSE, I didn't call anyone to complain at Concord. Concord has a program called Concord First - which was really valuable and a lot of my classmates did pass on the first try. I passed the FYLSE in OCTOBER, I did e-mail Professor Dodge to thank him for his assistance to all of us (2nd timers) in a Concord program called Second Time Sucess, guess some of us just needed a dry run.
What a great way to end the 2L year. Took finals on Tuesday and Thursday - but on Wednesday when I checked the Ca Bar website my FYLSE requirement was satisfied! Due to SNAIL mail I don't know my scores yeat and will post later
« on: December 14, 2012, 02:25:26 PM »
I passed the October test and studying 8 hours a day was not an option. I work full time, plus I had to study my 2L classes at the same time. I had Constitutional Law, Civil Procedure, Criminal Procedure and Real Property this year on top of studying Contracts, Criminal Law and Torts. BUT it is recommended, those that have more on their plate actually do better. Initially, I didn't start studying for the June FYLSE until the 2nd week in May and stopped all 2L study at that time but I was about 4 weeks ahead so I felt comfortable doing that. When I got the fail letter in August, I hit the books again and kept on top of everything. October's test was harder by far than the June test so passing surprised me.
Anyways, typing out the rule statements was a great way to practice and I thoroughly knew them, can recite them in my head, when I'm falling asleep. We had Professor Dodge helping us prepare at Concord. He helped me address what we call is our KNOWN Unknowns, that program is the only reason I passed. I would have passed the first one if I would have started studying for it at least two months earlier. Smarter students that started as late as I did passed the June test, but I'm just a little dense and think I'm just as smart sometimes;) I figure I'll have to study at least 6 months in advance of the bar exam to pass on my first try - which is my intention and I signed up for BarPassers, their essay lectures are great!
« on: December 14, 2012, 02:15:09 PM »
So as a follow-up, I needed to fail the first time. I PASSED the october FYLSE - don't know the score yet, snail mail;)
« on: December 14, 2012, 02:04:56 PM »
"I'm at Concord right now as a 1L. I'm taking the FYLSE in June 13'. So far everything has been great. You have to be very disciplined in order to make a school like Concord work. That means setting aside 3 hours or so per day everyday to study. I was accepted in several ABA accredited schools, and still chose to attend Concord."
KUDOS to you - memorize those rule statements at least by January, then do as many MPC questions and practice essays before JUNE - you will pass the test on your first try and Concord (if they still offer it - concord challenge) pays for your 3L books!
I passed it on my second try, Oct '12. 3L starts in a few weeks.
Best regards to you at Concord, make sure you join the SBA, they send you a daily question to help you study for the FYLSE;)