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Current Law Students / Re: Reading Tort Cases worthless?
« on: October 02, 2007, 11:23:31 AM »
What is ROL?

Current Law Students / Re: Taking the bar in 2 states?
« on: October 02, 2007, 07:59:59 AM »
Sounds like a huge challenge

I always was under the impression that bars tested the general law and not speficifs to a given state. I thought this was the case with say California.

Current Law Students / Re: Is Your Law School Blog Worth $10,000?
« on: October 01, 2007, 04:04:53 PM »
According to Technorati it is worth 85K plus...

Online Law Schools / Re: I passed the Baby Bar---Just barely.............
« on: October 01, 2007, 12:19:33 PM »
Not much baby bar information online

Anyone took it recently or not too recent and have nay comments?

Online Law Schools / Re: Novus University School of Law
« on: June 18, 2007, 08:40:22 PM »
Slightly an aside,

do you know of any feasible way a student could complete Novus' apprenticeship program without residing in one of the seven states? Thanks.

Online Law Schools / Re: Novus University School of Law
« on: June 18, 2007, 06:47:23 PM »

That is precisely what I communicated before. You must be a member of a "bar" in order to practice this type of law without the direct supervision of a licensed attorney or under the umbrella of an accredited representative/organization. However, to do this with Novus law school, a student would need to pursue Novus' "apprentice" program. This program, only allows you to be bar eligible in seven states. Furthermore, all these states require that this "apprentice" program be completed in person at the lawyers/judge's office. This, therefore, would mean that for someone not located in these seven states, Novus' "apprentice" program would be of no benefit if their ultimate goal is to practice a type of law that reguires "bar" membership such as immigration law. I hope that is more clear.

Immigration and naturalization are now under Homeland Security to represent a client before immigration courts you must either be an attorney or a certain non-profit agencies can represent individuals. You can review these requirements by going to website published by Immigration and Naturalization.

Please review this information from the Immigration and Naturalization website.


Attorneys must be a member in good standing of the “bar” of a U.S. State (or U.S. possession, territory, Commonwealth, or the District of Columbia) and not be under any court order restricting their practice of law. Attorneys will check the first block on Form G-28 and must provide information regarding their admission to practice. The best way to protect yourself is to ask to see the current attorney licensing document for the attorney, make a note of the admission number if any, and to contact the State bar admission authorities to verify the information. A lawfully admitted attorney should honor your request for this information, as State Bar practice rules require disclosure of this information to clients. You may also access this information through the National Organization of Bar Counsel (NOBC) website. See the Ethics link, then click on Bar Associations and Disciplinary Authorities.
Accredited Representatives

Accredited representatives must work for a Recognized Organization in order to be eligible to represent you before USCIS and file a Form G-28. They may be authorized to practice before the Immigration Courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) and/or USCIS. The best way to protect yourself is to ask to see a copy of the BIA decision granting official recognition to the Accredited Representative and Recognized Organization. Recognized organizations may only charge nominal fees, if any, for providing services in immigration matters. An accredited representative of a recognized organization should honor your request. You may also check the Recognition Accreditation Roster maintained by the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR.)

While other individuals (notary publics and immigration consultants) may assist you by filling in the blanks on pre-printed USCIS forms with information provided by you, these individuals may NOT represent you before USCIS. In addition, notary publics and immigration consultants may only charge nominal fees as regulated by state law. Individuals helping you in this way are required by law to disclose to USCIS their assistance by completing the section at the bottom of a petition or application concerning the “Preparer” of the form.

Scott Andrews
Community Services
Novus Law School

Online Law Schools / Re: Novus University School of Law
« on: June 18, 2007, 05:10:00 PM »
Hi Scott, thanks for your last reply

I will try to make my question more clear.

If a student lives in Florida and wishes to practice Immigration law, that is be able to represent clients before USCIS without direct supervision of a licensed attorney, and do this by studying in Novus law school, it seems like, for all practical purposes, would not to be possible.

The Novus' program which will permit someone to practice immigration law [as defined above] would be the "apprentice" program which would require that the student studies under the supervision of a licensed attorney in one of the seven states* that allow it. As you may see, for someone who resides in a state distant from the seven states* , this requirement for bar admission would be practically impossible. Please advise and thanks in advance.


Online Law Schools / Re: Novus University School of Law
« on: June 18, 2007, 02:56:44 PM »

You say Novus is international, how does a student from say the state of Florida, go about being able to become member of the bar of any state [U.S.] by being a student at Novus? Thanks in advance.

Online Law Schools / Re: NOVUS LAW SCHOOL?
« on: June 16, 2007, 06:57:47 AM »
Isn't Novus only for students in California?

Online Law Schools / Re: Novus University School of Law
« on: January 31, 2007, 11:50:24 AM »
Thank you for the update on Novus, I did some investigating and pulled the BB on them and found no complaints or actions against the school in the past ten years it has been in operation which means nothing but perhaps they may be working within the scope of the law. I just would like to speak with or hear from someone who actually gradutated from this program and see what the real deal is. I am 39 and have few options for Law school and given the fact that I have a very busy hectic schedule I do not have the 3-5 hours a day that Concord requires not to mention the money to pay 8-10K  year for this...

I reread my reply and I noticed I failed to indicate that not only doesn't Novus "teach" you anything, they do not find the attorney's/judges for you to learn with the "in-office" method. You are basically paying for (nothing) "some guidance" - read the fine print. Best wishes!

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