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Distance Education Law Schools / Re: Law School to Offer Hybrid Online JD
« on: December 19, 2013, 07:15:32 AM »
This program starts in 2015 and it should be no surprise that the former president of Concord Law is behind this.

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I completely forgot about a friend of mine that the Marine Corps saw fit to make him a supply officer even though he graduated law school and passed the bar.  In defense of the Corps, I think he tried to be a pilot first and got injured so he couldn't fly anymore.   Once that happens you are at the mercy of the Marines and what is needed despite what you did educationally.   

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Diving-in, head first!
« on: April 11, 2013, 09:09:14 PM »
7Sage has a couple of options that are very reasonable and less than $400.  I can't speak for the quality of the instruction but they have some free stuff that should be worth a look.  I was going to do this program but have decided to pursue a doctoral degree instead.

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Sorry for being all over the map here, I'll talk Marine Corps all day.

No problem.  That is good information.   I would just submit that it's much harder to get a JAG position if you are in law school and have no prior relationship with the military.   I know one student from my school who landed a JAG position with the Army, but he managed to do ROTC while he was in law school.

ROTC definitely helps.  I would say that a Marine JAG is one of the hardest lawyer jobs to get.  First you have to make it through OCS (varies from 6 weeks to 10 weeks depending on your option) then make it through The Basic School (TBS is typically 6 months unless you get injured like I did) and then you go to the military law school ( not sure how long it is but it is ABA as well).  It can be a long process as you can see and you have to pass each school.  Not only do you need to be physically fit but you also have to prove you can lead Marines in a combat situation if the need ever arises.  It's not easy but most of the lawyers I met did very well at TBS. 

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There is also the option of joining the military and being a JAG.  This is a great option that I think many on these forums overlook.  Some of my friends were JAGs and they liked their job.

Some of your friends were JAG?  How long ago?  Do you have any idea how hard it is to land a JAG gig now?   They get like 100 strong applicants for every position.


I've been out of the Marines since December 2009.   I'm not sure how hard it was to land a JAG position for them.  I know at least 3 of them actually went to law school while in the Marine Corps, so they got promoted faster even though we started training at the same time.   I mean want to say that each class had 6 spots for future JAGs and there were 6 classes a year.   

Officer Candidate School weeds out a lot of people.  My OCS class had a 48% retention,  not sure how many of them were lawyers.   Lots of people can't handle the physical demands of the Marine Corps and OCS is even tougher than enlisted boot camp.  The Marines also have programs that active duty members can apply for that they send you to law school and that's your job for 3 years,  you just have to graduate, pass the bar and then owe 5 years to the Corps.  I had a friend qualify for that program but I don't think she graduated since she works for Amazon now as a recruiter.   

Sorry for being all over the map here, I'll talk Marine Corps all day.

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Where should I go next fall? / JD or DBA or both?
« on: April 09, 2013, 08:35:25 AM »
I am torn between a JD or pursuing a Doctoral of Business.  I would love to do both, not at the same time (that's just crazy!).  Both degrees take a minimum of three years, most likely longer for me since I still have to work and can do a JD part-time or write a dissertation that takes some people years to finish. 

The DBA program I am looking at has a focus on Supply Chain and Logistics.  This is ideal for me and the easy choice since I work in logistics for the federal government.

A JD could be beneficial because I don't want to do logistics forever and would love to move over to the contract side of what we do because of all the stuff I see that could be fixed if someone knew both sides of how things work, (maybe I'm just a naive idealist in this aspect).

I would love to do both programs since I truly believe that I could make an impact knowing both sides of the business.  I can only do the DBA online because the program is not offered anywhere near me here in Florida.  There is at least Florida Coastal School of Law here, a T4 ABA juggernaut.  I'm prepping for the LSAT in June. 

I know that I probably answered my own question about which program to do first but would still love to hear the pros/cons of doing both degrees over time. 

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Where should I go next fall? / JD or DBA or both?
« on: April 09, 2013, 08:34:23 AM »
I am torn between a JD or pursuing a Doctoral of Business.  I would love to do both, not at the same time (that's just crazy!).  Both degrees take a minimum of three years, most likely longer for me since I still have to work and can do a JD part-time or write a dissertation that takes some people years to finish. 

The DBA program I am looking at has a focus on Supply Chain and Logistics.  This is ideal for me and the easy choice since I work in logistics for the federal government.

A JD could be beneficial because I don't want to do logistics forever and would love to move over to the contract side of what we do because of all the stuff I see that could be fixed if someone knew both sides of how things work, (maybe I'm just a naive idealist in this aspect).

I would love to do both programs since I truly believe that I could make an impact knowing both sides of the business.  I can only do the DBA online because the program is not offered anywhere near me here in Florida.  There is at least Florida Coastal School of Law here, a T4 ABA juggernaut.  I'm prepping for the LSAT in June. 

I know that I probably answered my own question about which program to do first but would still love to hear the pros/cons of doing both degrees over time. 

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Non-Traditional Students / Re: Never too late
« on: April 06, 2013, 09:11:59 PM »
I wish I had the option to go to a CBE school.  I recently moved from California to Florida and law school options are not as plentiful here.  The closest school is apparently not very good and the good ones don't really cater to nontraditional old guys like me.  I have a federal government job and I believe that a JD would give me an advantage since we deal with contracts all the time.   Not sure if I can justify $150k or more in school debt.  This is why I am torn between a low rated, high tuition ABA school or a more reasonably priced online law school.   

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There is also the option of joining the military and being a JAG.  This is a great option that I think many on these forums overlook.  Some of my friends were JAGs and they liked their job.

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This is similar to my situation.   I live in Jacksonville,  Fl.   Only one law school here,  Florida Coastal School of Law,  a 4th tier but they might offer an evening part time program that will fit my schedule.   I also have small children, so I feel your pain. 

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