But that's what I said from the start, only a slightly delusional individual would go into online law school if their initial goal was anything other than solo practice in California.
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Why "concede?" That's what I'm calling "... lame, subjective, and unsupported ..." It only encourages narrow minded people to believe they have some sort of plausible argument. The other guy's argument shouldn't even be considered as having any sort of merit.
Why not? A law degree is not even constitutionally required to sit on SCOTUS. People may get fed up with the ABA as the self appointed guardian of who is qualified.
Slaving away at big law is hardly my idea of success. No one who wants to go into big law or be a judge's clerk is going to attend an online school. Therefore, the online grad obviously has an immediate and realistic goal of "mal"practicing solo for a few years first and then getting better and specializing. Online grads with unrealisitic goals are likely not the type who are going to pass the FYBE. Taft is upfront in its materials, it is not a scam and has a modest group of lawyer alumni. The online attorney is facing the same challenges as a non ABA grad or a T-4 in the current job market. Mr. T-1 will miss all the fun in representing SSI cases and doing public defense and instead will be working mind numbing hours doing dumb ass document reviews. I pity the fool.
Has to do with the California bar's reciprocity agreements:
My dear, who do you think the results of legal research are directed to? I think I can spell it out for you. Legal research projects means attorneys are the paralegals' clients. You really need to do your homework before you post comments.
Quite true, attorneys can hire who they want to do legal research. They can also outsource it to India since all that is usually involved is an understanding of the law and the ability to do key word and/or boolean searches. But not anyone can pick up Lexis and do this, it does take some skill. But it is not practice of law or anything close to it.
"Someone with a non-ABA degree is essentially a paralegal."
If they have a law license they are an attorney, if they don't, they are not a paralegal by default unless they actually work as a paralegal, usually in a law office.
I might add many paralegals hold a MSLS (Masters in Legal Studies) from regionally accredited schools. If I were hiring paralegals that is the qualification plus experience I would look at and I would still be dubious of online schools even if they are regionally accredited.
I already do. Anyone with 2 years PQE from certain states like California can take the bar exam for England and Wales. The former QLTT which I took was a three day open book exam in New York. Surprisingly there were only three or four other takers. They now have a new exam called the QLTS which I am unaware of. Ireland offers a similar QLTT exam for California attorneys. Not all state bars have a relationship with these countries' law societies though.
JD is the highest US professional degree in law, there is a LLM for foreign law school graudates that permits them to take the bar. The other LLMs are quicky specialty degrees like tax. The highest academic degree would be the equivalent to a PhD in Law or a foreign LLD but those are not on a professional track.