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Canadian Law Students / Canadian Legal Advisor CLA
« on: March 01, 2012, 04:18:55 PM »
Can anyone clarify what exactly a CLA with a non Canadian law degree and license can do, it seems they can advise on matters of public international law but the requirements and parameters seem to vary by province.  This would seem to be different from a Foreign Legal Consultant?

I quite agree, becoming a solicitor or barrister is a better and more straight forward process with reciprocity elsewhere in the Commonwealth and EU.  However, one will likely need a LLM to qualify to take the New York Bar and some PQE.  If one's goal is the New York Bar, it is a round about way to do it.

The other rather delicate problem is one of a work permit for a non EU citizen.  If there is a work around for that I'd like to hear it.

Concord's law school is not accredited as far as I can tell.  All the online schools come under a single registration scheme by California.

But without ABA accrditation, it does not really matter what they do.

If you want to teach criminal justice get a Masters in CJ. However since they pass those out like candy on Halloween, you may need a PhD to get a full time job.  And if you want to work at an actual (versus online) university or college, don't expect them to respect an online degree even if it is accredited. There is a big difference in an employer's mind between students who get a degree posting online and writing papers versus showing up for lectures and taking exams.

Your best shot might be to look into doing continuing education and training for the feds.

Masters is the minimum entry point for most adjunct jobs.

With the exception of Concord which is owned by Washington Post Corp., the online law schools are low budget affairs.  You cannot compare them to ABA law schools.

Students from online schools who pass the bar would usually have done just fine at an ABA school.  The ones who wash out, would have washed out of an ABA school too.

Online law (and previously correspondence) schools are limited to California - the California Bar is unique in many respects and will always remain so.

If you want to teach, get a real degree and some teaching experience.  Even if you want to teach online you will need experience.  EJD is a bad choice for just about any purpose.

Ask yourself, why would would you be qualified to teach anything when all you have is an online degree and who would hire you with no teaching or legal experience?

Additionally, ask yourself how much an online adjunct instructor earns since that would be your only hope.

Psst - An online adjunct gets around $1500 a class.  You will be paying back that student loan for a long time.

EJD - rotfl!  EJD is a vanity degree.

Online Law Schools / Re: Limited Licenses
« on: February 23, 2012, 04:54:02 PM »
He can be a non-lawyer.


Online schools cannot attract "good prospects" because online degree holders are locked out of at least 95% of all bars.  The situation will only change when ABA law schools start offering online JDs like many regionally accredited bricks and mortar schools do now with graduate degrees.   The ABA schools could then get rid of over paid law professors and hire adjuncts and in theory the cost to the student would drop.

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