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Distance Education Law Schools / Re: My Savior Duckasouras
« on: February 22, 2006, 01:16:19 PM »
In response to Texas' post, I'll say it.  Non-ABA, distance option is the only way for me to go.  I did think of law school immediately after I finished my under-grad degree, but other factors in my life made that impossible.  And now, the cost of quitting work to attend a brick & mortar, traditional law school is cost prohibitive and there's no local night section offered in my area.  It's the total cost that's the killer, of which tuition and books is just a minor component.

Where I am in life, I have no interest in competing with some 20-somethings or early 30-somethings to work at a firm as a junior associate for 80 hours per week to compete for a partner position years down the road.  What I want to do is to extend my effectiveness in my current career and broaden and enhance my overall skills. 

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Distance Education Law Schools / all this discussion
« on: February 14, 2006, 02:28:16 PM »
Ignorance and intolerance aside, Concord students did arrange for Justice Scalia to speak to the Concord student body last year.  Ignorance and intolerance are at the root of a number of social ills and with time those that are ignorant and intolerant are forced to change or become closet bigots

Up to a point, the school you attend does make a difference.  I've spoken with people in a number of professions, including the law, who got their jobs because of the school they attended.  It wasn't that they went to a top 10 or top 25 school.  It might have been a T2 or T3 school and they got the job because they attended the same school as the hiring partner.  After you've got the job, in law as in many fields it doesn't matter if you attended Harvard or Concord, the degrees or certifications you hold carry much less meaning than your ability to do the job and do it well.

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General Board / Re: Cover letters
« on: December 18, 2005, 12:25:17 PM »
The general advise in business, not unique to law students, is to write a individualized cover letter to each company (firm) to which you're sending a application or resume.

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Distance Education Law Schools / Re: Balancing Law School and Work
« on: December 13, 2005, 12:39:42 AM »
What works for me is a lot of little things.  My B&M choices are quit work for a public U, full time day program or keep working and attend a private evening program. When I think about no salary or paying about $40K per year for tuition, these do not seem to be a real choice.  So, "correspondence" seemed to be the answer, especially given the way in which I expect to use a legal education. 

First, this part time correspondence program is as full time as it gets.  I'm putting in 30 to 40 hours per week.  So, at the top of my list is that I have a very understanding wife and no kids.  I only do the essential things around the house.  I moved into a work assignment that has only minimal travel and I'm staying in a area of responsibility where I have strong skills.  I did some work to increase my reading speed and would like to bump my speed to be faster still.  I work from a home office; no commute means more study or sleep time.

Make sure you know yourself: know that you're motivated, or driven, enough to stay with the program for four years.  And, know how you learn so that you focus your time on the most effective study approach.  If you decide to buy study aids, buy those study aids that compliment your learning style.

Good luck.

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General Board / Re: Who is law school meant for?
« on: December 10, 2005, 07:27:23 PM »
Law school is the toughest school I've ever attended: it might not be the hardest academically, which at times it is, and  it might not be the most memorization I've ever done, but it usually is.  Attending law school because of the potential money and stature, or prestige, is a sure-fire recipe for failure.  You'll either flunk out of law school or not stick with the law as a career.  Go to any school, start any career, because you are enthusiastic about that work.  Start that career because you would make it a hobby if you couldn't do it for a living.  Start that career because you love it: go to law school because you love the law.

Law school is tough, but a passion for the law, and lots of hours studying, will get you through it.  Most people who go to law school on a whim, won't finish.  That's a waste of time, tuition, and a seat someone who wants it could have filled.

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General Board / Re: Liquidation of Limited Company
« on: November 21, 2005, 04:36:20 PM »
This looks like a question of legal advise from a lot of people that haven't passed a Bar, or that you don't know if they've passed a Bar.  Either way, are you sure you shouldn't make it clear you're asking a hypothetical question?

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Distance Education Law Schools / Re: Financial Aid Deferment Question
« on: November 11, 2005, 11:51:24 AM »
I can not answer your question because I went to college without loans.  That was some number of years ago, which prompts my questions to you.

I don't know you, so these questions could be completely in left field or rude beyond civility.  I'm making an assumption, based on your post, that you're fairly young.  You have a BA, might have gone into an MBA right out of college or only waiting a short time before starting graduate school.  Why a distince education law school, or in California's classification, a correspondence school? 

Distance education makes sense for some people: if you don't have a part time program in your area, which would force you to choose between no law school or giving up a sizable salary on time of tuition, or you think it's cheaper, or for some folks they can succeed in law school but don't have the grades and LSAT to be accepted? 

If this is a career choice and your young, with 20, 25, or 30 years of reasonable work life, why not do what it takes to gain admission to a ABA school?  If you look at the cost of the more expensive distance Ed. school and the less expensive public university law school, the price (especially in the long term) is a nullity.

Just curious?

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General Board / Re: Contracts - Statute of Frauds?
« on: November 07, 2005, 10:12:43 PM »
Statute of Frauds requires certain contracts to be in writing to be enforceable.  Those contracts include 1. contracts for marriage where there are agreements such as pre-nuptials, 2. Contracts that can not be performed within one year, 3. contracts involving the transfer of land, 4. Executors of an estate, 5. Suretyship, and 6. Sale of goods over $500 (modernly this is covered under the UCC).

Here SoF does apply because we have an interest in land.  After a quick read and skim of the call, as I recall, there are a lot of issues around ethics, maybe fraud, Parol Evidence, waivers, breach, and felony stupidity by the Realtor/attorney that could be argued to invalidate the contract.

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Studying and Exam Taking / Re: Anyone make their own flashcards?
« on: October 29, 2005, 10:22:39 AM »
I started making my own and found reading, case briefing, outlining, & creating flash cards to be to time consuming.  I purchased Bar Cards and now just make my own cards for areas not covered by Bar Cards or where I want additional practice.

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General Board / Re: Law school without a BA
« on: October 26, 2005, 04:22:15 PM »
Law school requirements generally follow ABA and State Bar admission requirements.  All states require some level of education: pre-law, Bachelors Degree or minimum college attendance.  You should check with the Board of Bar Examiners in the State where you want to sit for the Bar exam and practice.

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