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Online Law Schools / Re: taft law school
« on: August 11, 2015, 10:34:20 AM »
Let's also assume that no online grad is going to get hired by anyone.

Now it is possible to file federal lawsuits in a large number of jurisdictions with just a California license.  Just Google "Orly Taitz."  Now Orly took a lot of heat for her political views but she has litigated in numerous federal courts with a Taft degree.  She did get sanctioned once but not for UPL.

Online Law Schools / Re: taft law school
« on: August 11, 2015, 10:25:40 AM »
It depends on the UPL laws in each state exactly what one can get away with.  Setting up a physical office in a state where one is not a member of the bar can be trouble, not always, but is not advised.  There are things one can do to mitigate the UPL issue though:

1.  Always state in any written communication that does not trace back to California - Member of California Bar and also affirmatively state not a member of the bar in any other state involved if there is any ambiguity involved.

2.  Check each states UPL rules and rulings.

3.  Gravitate towards low risk federal practice like immigration, tax, veterans disability, social security disability, international trade, SEC, military appeals and federal tort claims.  The feds occupy 100% of these practice so also regulate who can practice, not the states.

4.  Have your virtual office and mailing address where you are licensed.

5.  And finally avoid clients from your state of residence like the plague.

6. get admitted to as many courts and bars as possible.

7. look to other attorneys who practice online as mentors

Follow the above and you can live anywhere and practice with a Cal bar. license.

Does the typical online grad have these abilities, sure, if they pass the bar they are not dopes.

Online Law Schools / Re: taft law school
« on: August 11, 2015, 09:32:35 AM »
"And I honestly can't imagine a more backwards uneducated attempt at self defeating ad hominem.............your name proves you aren't a lawyer so just stop."

Bro how does a "handle" on this board prove anything?

Online Law Schools / Re: taft law school
« on: August 11, 2015, 06:01:34 AM »
I deal in facts too, the odds are against them. And most aren't smart enough to check the jurisdictions before enrolling, plus a bunch of other stuff I am sure.

That dear sir is a generalization not a fact leading me to believe that you must be one 'em.

Online Law Schools / Re: taft law school
« on: August 10, 2015, 04:56:48 AM »
I deal in facts.  Fact is you can motion into a number of federal district courts which are not in California.  Including some big ones in Illinois, Texas, and Michigan.  Is that viable for most online law grads, nope, but for a few who actually litigate, it can work.

Online Law Schools / Re: taft law school
« on: August 09, 2015, 08:13:57 AM »
Check the reciprocity map on page 5:

56 district court have no reciprocity
37 have some form of reciprocity

How many are you admitted to?

Online Law Schools / Re: taft law school
« on: August 08, 2015, 07:18:08 PM »
"To be fair a lot of them ARE accredited on the national level (which the US dept of education recognizes as accredited"

USDOE accreditation is not useful in any sense to the student.  Regional accreditation means the degree is actually acceptable by other universities.

You are mistaken on federal practice.  A number of federal district courts (not all) allow any bar member to join, almost all the federal circuit courts of appeal and SCOTUS only require a bar membership.  Federal agency practice, US Court  of Veterans Appeals,  Military Courts of Appeal, Immigration, US Court of International Trade,  Social Security, all will accept any bar member.

Online Law Schools / Re: taft law school
« on: August 08, 2015, 06:39:52 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:

Hope this helps.

Online Law Schools / Re: Graduation
« on: June 01, 2015, 07:36:45 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.

Online Law Schools / Re: What is the cheapest online law school?
« on: March 07, 2015, 04:31:40 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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