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« on: December 18, 2011, 07:27:03 PM »
I would check the bar pass rate for American Heritage very carefully. I turned down a faculty position there a few years ago when they were just getting started. While things may have changed since then, I was not impressed with the program.
« on: December 18, 2011, 07:22:50 PM »
I don't think Taft traditionally gives A's. Looking back on my transcript, I graduated with a 2.79 GPA and never made a 3.0 average any year, in fact the worst year was my 4th, got a 2.44 GPA.
But the grades were largely irrelevant since I passed the FYLE and Cal Bar on my first tries. Those are the only tests that really count with a distance learning law degree.
The Taft degree is not really an academic degree (it was in essence a reading list) though when I had it evaluated recently for admission to an LLD program, I was given credit for having completed a Bachelors in Law.
« on: December 12, 2011, 08:37:12 PM »
I was wrong, figure one year for a LLM in Tax from what I can see. Best deal would be a joint JD/LLM program like Loyola LA offers.
« on: December 11, 2011, 11:22:38 AM »
I can't see how a LLM IN Tax is going to make anyone much more employable unless they have some work experience as an attorney first. It might make you marginally more employable but you would have to give up two years of potential earnings and I am not sure the math would make sense since Tax law does not come to mind as paying more than say litigation. In fact, LLMs have to compete somewhat with CPAs, CPA-Attorneys and Enrolled Agents.
And yes, $16-$18 an hour is what Intuit is offering licensed attorneys with tax experience I know because I spoke with them last week. I had to hold back the laughter but they would not have offered that rate unless there were takers.
« on: December 11, 2011, 09:29:07 AM »
Intuit is hiring experienced attorney tax advisors:http://intuit.apply2jobs.com/ProfExt/index.cfm?fuseaction=mExternal.showJob&RID=72315&CurrentPage=1
Looks good huh? Intuit is paying a paltry $16-$18 an hour and you have to work a straight 8 hour shift from home like you are in a cubicle. Twenty years ago when I got my law license with a non ABA degree and no one would hire me, I got the lowest lawyer job possible, representing lifer inmates at a maximum secuirty prison at their parole hearings. The California Parole Board paid $23 and hour, the other lawyers thought I was crazy but I needed the work.
Intuit would not offer that salary unless there were takers....
« on: December 11, 2011, 09:22:20 AM »
In other words, pass the bar and get some practice experience first before pursuing a LLM in Tax. Otherwise you can work for TurboTax as a Tax Advisor, they want to hire attorneys at $16-$18 an hour!!
« on: December 08, 2011, 10:52:24 AM »
There are two external PhD/LLD options I know of and both are good, University of Leiden and University of South Africa. You need to contact them with your thesis proposal first to see if anyone on the faculty is interested in the topic. I am with University of South Africa but I have a background representing African entities. Leiden might be the first choice:http://law.leiden.edu/research/phdprogramme/how-to-become/howtobecomephdcandidate.html
« on: December 08, 2011, 10:32:18 AM »
Unless there is a major cost differential that makes a difference, the online courses with an instructor are going to be better than correspondence. I did the correspondence route because there was no online 25 years ago. But in my opinion a successful correspondence student will need familiarity with the legal field or courts and proven ability to memorize law outlines, statutes, Blacks Dictionary and nutshells by sheer force of will or they will likely wash out quicky.
« on: December 06, 2011, 09:32:23 PM »
To figure out the law:
Look at the annotated code for each state's expungement laws, then check the case law in the annotations.
You can also do the Google thing and come up with sites like this which may or may not be accurate:http://www.americanpardons.com/clear_your_record/state_by_state_policies/
Bottom line if you fail to disclose and it shows up in the FBI database you may be screwed.
« on: December 05, 2011, 07:33:41 PM »
Consult with a lawyer who specializes in professional discipline defense, there are several who advertise in California Lawyer magazine, you really don't want to go into details here.
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