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I am a Taft grad and have been an attorney for 20 years.  The only reason these days to go with online is geographic or a disability that prevents one from attending classes.  I lived about 5 hours from the nearest law school and had a good job otherwise I would have attended night law school instead in San Francsco.  There is no time savings being online, what you save in commute and classes, you will lose in the extra year and all the additional studying required.

Roald's got it right: Lottery mentality, 5-1 odds against you is a bad bet out of the gate and the real odds are more like 20-1 since I suspect many students drop even before the First year Bar Exam.

Bar Pass rate is everything, if an online school does not have a proven track record of at least getting a few lawyers admitted every year forget them - not all these schools are created equal - Taft, Concord and some others have a half way decent record but the odds are still stacked against you.

Pointless Arguments / Re: Am I a Jew?
« on: September 05, 2012, 08:06:02 PM »
OK then you have some Jewish blood and a lawyer in the family - that makes you a Jew too if you want to be one.
See Maimonedes Section 2700(a)(3_)

They are legit but they have an abysmal bar pass rate:

If you don't plan to move to California in the future, forget it.

If you want an online MSLS - get one from one of many regionally accredited schools like - Kaplan University.  Regional accreditation means it is a "real" degree just like Cal State etc., anything less than regional accreditation means you may have wasted your time and money on a piece of paper.  It is unclear to me if Cal Southern is regionally accredited or not.

A MSLS is essentially a fancy paralegal degree.  I am not sure why anyone would need a masters degree to be a paralegal but people do go for it.  Absent work experience, an online MSLS would be hard sell in today's economy to an employer.

Non-Traditional Students / Re: Novus Law School
« on: September 05, 2012, 07:48:29 PM »
Novus is a notorius diploma mill:

Yet not a single state bar goes after them, I guess the state bars are too busy protecting us from properly licensed non ABA attorneys.

HBCU: Historically black colleges and universities

I agree, JDs are qualified to teach Legal Studies and not much else.  Criminal Justice, Public Law, Poli Sci, History, Public Administration require theoretical and research backgrounds that a JD alone surely does not provide.  Sure some colleges do hire JD's nonetheless if they have other experience but it is not a good practice.  I have seen JDs teaching Homeland Security courses but they usually have relevant exprience.  An EJD on the other hand is a non starter - a vanity degree at best.

If you go the distance learning route, you want a school that not only has a bar pass rate history but can point to actively practicing attorney grads - Concord and Taft can do that as can others.

Actually I have met faculty at a HBCU that had only a JD and also Community College faculty with just a JD, but not an online JD.

I am not impressed by AHU, I turned down an instructor's gig with them several years ago.  My guess is that they cater to foreign students  who do not know any better. 

Non-Traditional Students / Re: Novus Law School
« on: September 04, 2012, 08:16:36 PM »
And who exactly is Novus?  Is there even a single attorney associated with the school, if not, how can it purport to grant a JD?  Just because they say they are a law school does not make them one.

Non-Traditional Students / Re: Novus Law School
« on: September 03, 2012, 10:22:13 PM »
 :o A retired college professor would have realized Novus in an unaccredited offshore diploma mill perhaps?

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