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Non-Traditional Students / Re: UK or USA for post grad law degree
« on: December 12, 2013, 11:57:10 AM »
If you really want to be a Singapore lawyer, you obviously start by looking at their requirements first:

However, generally you must be a Singapore citizen or permanent resident to qualify.

Rocketdog - you must be very brave - is it true not a single grad of AHLS has ever passed the Cal Bar?  Wouldn't that be indicative of some flaw in their instructional method or curriculum? What you need is a law school that will get you past the First Year Law Student Exam.  You might want to consider your odds and supplement the curriculum being offered.  best of luck!

Distance Education Law Schools / Re: Distance Learning
« on: November 24, 2013, 09:48:38 PM »
If you contemplate going down some unknown road like an English online law degree - submit your plan to the state bar first and get an opinion in writing.  California has a process for this.

Distance Education Law Schools / Re: Non-ABA approved Test Takers
« on: November 24, 2013, 09:46:37 PM »
The Concord case was a one off situation.  Typically an online California grad can take the Cal bar and after 5 years practice motion into the DC bar and this is it with a few very minor exceptions.

Distance Education Law Schools / Re: Mid-Atlantic School of Law
« on: November 24, 2013, 09:43:54 PM »
Consider yourself lucky if they don't respond.

L.L.M. Board / Re: LLM in tax without a JD
« on: November 24, 2013, 09:18:46 PM »
Yes you can practice as a non attorney before the US Tax Court, you will need to pass an exam. plus have 2 sponsors.  You don't need a LLM but that might be one way to get in and make connections.

Distance Education Law Schools / Re: Distance Learning
« on: October 27, 2013, 08:06:45 PM »
By the way I have an online JD and then did the QLTT - so I am not anti DL, I am just warning you the bars are not your friend in these matters and to get it in writing....

Distance Education Law Schools / Re: Distance Learning
« on: October 27, 2013, 08:04:29 PM »
I also have tried to warn that this may not even result in a bar ticket. Unless he has a firm committment in writing from the Cal Bar that they will accept a foreign distance learning LLB plus LLM; I have my doubts the bar will comply. The Cal Bar as I have noted before is not obligated to accept just any foreign LLB - would they accept a LLB from UNISA or University of Zimbabwe absent a license - I am not so sure.  I think the bar will look at the degree itself and make a decision and since it is a DL degree and not Oxford, the result may be in question. 

However I do disagree, a LLB plus LLM and bar course is likely just as good as a California DL JD - that is to say about 5-1 odds against passing.

If it was me - I'd go for the solicitor license first and then the the US Bar.

Distance Education Law Schools / Re: Distance Learning
« on: October 18, 2013, 10:15:41 PM »
It is hard enough to get a bar ticket with a foreign license - getting in with a foreign law degree and a one year LLM sounds good theory but likely will not work.  How would the bar evaluate the foreign law degree? A 1 year LLM is not the same as a 3 year JD. 

Distance Education Law Schools / Re: Distance Learning
« on: October 13, 2013, 08:56:11 PM »
New York will generally let English solicitors take the bar but the catch is they have to get licensed first which means a training contract in England first.  There has been discussion here that one could get a foreign distance learning law degree and then somehow qualify to take a US bar without being licensed as a foreign attorney first.  I have my doubts it will work since the bar will apprehend that we have a US resident obtaining a foreign DL degree when they simply could have enrolled in a California DL school.  I see no reason why the bar would do someone outside their scheme any favors.

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