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Online Law Schools / Re: taft law school
« on: August 08, 2015, 07:39:52 AM »
Lot of nonsense here:

The only accredited online law school is Concord, but it is not ABA accredited but regionally accredited meaning its JD could be the be accepted as an academic degree by another regionally accredited university.

Having actually acquired your California law license, you are not limited to California law.  You can also engage in federal practice and you do not have to live in California. You can also motion in to the DC bar after 5 years. However, each jurisdiction is different and you will need to do your own research as to what works and what doesn't.  Suffice to say given technology, a lot of lawyers do not physically work or reside in the states in which they are licensed.

Taft Law School unlike many other distance learning law schools, has a long term verifiable record of graduating students who pass the bar:

https://www.taftu.edu/TLS/honoredgrads.htm

Hope this helps.


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Online Law Schools / Re: Graduation
« on: June 01, 2015, 08:36:45 PM »
IMO law book salesmen, bar exam failures, questionable Nigerian attorneys and disbarred attorneys are the only ones who routinely use the JD suffix.  So I don't see why a Novus graduate couldn't use the title.

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Online Law Schools / Re: What is the cheapest online law school?
« on: March 07, 2015, 05:31:40 PM »
Taft and others have a proven track record.  Don't go with a DL school that has no attorney alumni.  You can verify their claims by checking the Cal Bar pass rates.  And if you do not want to travel to California to take the exams, this is not for you.  Finally do you have the time - figure 20 hours a week minimum for the next 4 or 5 years.  DL success is time intensive because it depends on rote memory and essays.   If you are outside California, you will be limited to federal practice - Immigration, Tax, Veterans Disability, Social Security and a few other esoteric fields.  Insurance is a good background for Social Security Disability, Veterans Disability.  The latter two fields have training and seminars available through professional orgs like NOSSCR.

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TJS is giving the impression falsely that its LLM is accredited by the ABA.  In fact the ABA's only interest is that the non JD program do not have an adverse impact on the JD program:

"The ABA reviews these degree programs only to determine whether their offering would have an adverse impact on the law school's ability to maintain its accreditation for the JD program. If no adverse impact is indicated, the ABA "acquiesces" in the law school's decision to offer the non-JD program and degree."

http://www.americanbar.org/groups/legal_education/resources/llm-degrees_post_j_d_non_j_d.html


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FYI - ABA only accredits law schools.  All Masters in Legal Studies (MLS) and EJDs if accredited would be regionally accredited.  A lot of LLMs like those in Tax would be geared towards attorneys.  I'm not a fan of non attorney JDs. It is like going to medical school and not becoming a doctor.  It also creates a problem because people will assume you are an attorney and can create inadvertent UPL issues.

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Online Law Schools / Re: Entrepreneur Executive in search of Law Degree
« on: February 28, 2015, 12:30:11 PM »
I would opt for a non bar track degree as you will save 1-2 years of school versus 4 for the JD.

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Online Law Schools / Re: Entrepreneur Executive in search of Law Degree
« on: February 28, 2015, 12:27:33 PM »
In my book regional accreditation would be key.  Concord offers an accredited EJD and Small Business LLM:

http://www.concordlawschool.edu/Executive_Juris_Doctor.aspx

Another option is an accredited MLS - Masters in Legal Studies like this one:

http://www.kaplanuniversity.edu/legal-studies/legal-studies-master-degree.aspx

Most distance learning law schools are not regionally accredited, at best they are just registered with the California Bar.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regional_accreditation

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Online Law Schools / Re: What is the cheapest online law school?
« on: February 06, 2015, 09:10:14 AM »
Depends on the state, I can also use it for professional CLE for one of my employers.  I started the course, interesting enough, seems to be UK law.

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Online Law Schools / Re: What is the cheapest online law school?
« on: February 02, 2015, 05:13:25 AM »
Better than wasting money on NOVUS and given it is an Irish certificate one can claim some facility with common and EU law.  All in all, might be worth it for anyone with a little time. Might consideer it myself as a CLE.


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Online Law Schools / Re: What is the cheapest online law school?
« on: January 30, 2015, 12:13:58 PM »
Free online diploma in Legal Studies:

http://alison.com/courses/Diploma-in-Law/content




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