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Both employers and law schools would rank an online Bachelors quite low - at the bottom. Sure the degree is accredited but unless the student has something else to offer like a great work or military background, I would be wary of someone who didn't want the hassle of showing up for classes. And I'd have to say some of the for profit online schools may be more interested in retaining students than tough academic standards.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Is a Prep Course worth it for me?
« on: August 02, 2012, 08:17:16 PM »
Morganb, perhaps traditional LSAT classes are designed for people whom wouldn’t otherwise study the LSAT? That’s not to say they wouldn’t help everyone, but perhaps they’re not designed for people like you...? Just a thought.

peddling your prep course here going well?

I would recommend the Nigerian LSAT prep class in which you will also inherit a million dollars.

Distance Education Law Schools / Re: Taft, ALU, Concord
« on: August 02, 2012, 08:13:20 PM »
If you graduate online, it is not a matter of accepting "any job, you will most likely be self employed and have to accept "any client" and that is a real b-tch!

Distance Education Law Schools / Re: Taft, ALU, Concord
« on: August 02, 2012, 01:36:17 PM »
The solution would be for the ABA to allow ABA accredited schools to offer an online law school option. 

However, the law professors, who usually have only JDs after all and not an academic SJD or LLD and are vastly over compensated, would pitch a fit since anyone can "instruct" and develop an online class for a tiny percent of the cost of a big shot law professor boviating at some lecture hall full of students.

Distance Education Law Schools / Re: Taft, ALU, Concord
« on: August 02, 2012, 10:02:57 AM »
A lot of common law jurisdictions have done away with or have modified the Rule against Perpetuities so it only narrowly effects testamentary dispositions. So for example, one can usually have a contract with a contingency clause that exceeds 21 years by inserting a choice of law clause for a jurisdiction that has abolished the rule.

Distance Education Law Schools / Re: Taft, ALU, Concord
« on: August 02, 2012, 09:57:26 AM »
I always figured it at 10-1 against going in but a lot of that is simply attrition of sticdents who drop out or don't get past year one.  Paralegals and people who have a lot of contact with the court system are going to have a higher success rate, maybe 30% is my guess.  By the way I was originally accepted at three law schools and attended an ABA school but canned it before the end of the first semester.  I really did not like law school at the time.  By the time I wanted to give it another whirl I lived 250 miles away from the nearest law school and had a job I did not want to quit, so distance learning looked like it was worth a try.  But if I'd lived closer to a city with night law school, I would have done that instead.

Distance Education Law Schools / Re: Taft, ALU, Concord
« on: August 01, 2012, 10:33:56 PM »
They fail because they are clueless about the law. Imagine trying to teach yourself negligence from Gilbert's outlines and nutshells.  You either are going to get it or you are not. Reading casebooks and hornbooks on your own will serve no purpose at all except to confuse.  The teaching method and the students are both inferior, that's a given. The amazing part is that 1 out of 5 pass at all.

I don't know if the stats are available but since the majority of distance ed students went from correspondence to online, has the pass rate gone up, down or stayed the same?

Distance Education Law Schools / Re: Taft, ALU, Concord
« on: August 01, 2012, 05:00:46 PM »
No I don't tach at taft.

People fail the baby bar because:

1.  They have not prepared enough i.e. not memorized everything

2.  They lack the basic ability to pass standardized tests such as being able to write in standard English.

I think the baby Bar is likely harder than law school finals.

Distance Education Law Schools / Re: Taft, ALU, Concord
« on: July 30, 2012, 11:53:40 PM »
I would recommend Taft, they have a good track record for an online school.   I understand they still offer the correspondence program option which is great for self learners who can memorize mass quantities of material. Concord on the other hand likely has the most elaborate online courses.  The odds are still bad either way unless the student is a paralegal or has some acquaintance with the legal system on a regular basis. I likely squeeked by because I worked in the juvenile court system and social services.

I have instructed in Masters in Diplomacy, Masters in Legal Studies, and Masters in Public Administration programs.

Distance Education Law Schools / Re: Reason for going online
« on: July 30, 2012, 11:46:15 PM »
Bottom line, they still have to pass the California Bar before they can attempt to "change" anything.

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