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Distance Education Law Schools / Re: distance learning
« on: November 27, 2011, 05:31:51 PM »
Got any citations to support that interesting proposition?  I don't think you are correct.

Distance Education Law Schools / Re: distance learning
« on: November 27, 2011, 11:22:29 AM »
Here's a case that should be of interest - Mitchell v. Bar Examiners

Does this case have any application elsewhere or is it limited to Massachusetts residents like Mitchell?

Has the case been successfully cited as precedent or at least as an influential case elsewhere?

Why is anyone entitled to a job? You have a license to practice, get off you lazy behinds and go to work. Take a weekend seminar, buy some practice books and you are good to go with
Social Security Disability, Workers Comp, or Immigration. Go hang out at the courts and pick up the conflict public defender cases, juvenile or child custody cases nobody wants.
You will do a Hell of a lot better for people and society in general than at some law firm catering to corporations and the fees start to roll ion after a while.  The work is also 100% more interesting.

L.L.M. Board / Re: Is an LLM worth it?
« on: November 23, 2011, 05:15:14 PM »
A specialized LLM in Tax might worth it but if it were an online I am not sure it would add much unless you acquired practice experience first.

Use some common sense, call the LLM department at NYU and ask to speak to the graduate advisor or department chair. First thing I'd ask point blank is if a non JD can be admitted to the program. Personally, I'd assume a JD would be the usual prerequisite for a LLM unless told otherwise.

Non-Traditional Students / Re: 39 and considering law school
« on: November 21, 2011, 09:32:57 AM »
What you want then is a MPA (Masters in Public Administration), a PhD in Public Administration from a reputable school would take quite a few years and would not add any value unless you wanted to become college faculty. You can get an accredited MPA online through Kaplan University and others.

I disagree, the ABA sets the standards and State Bar Examiners fall in line with a few exceptions. An attorney with a California DL or correspondence degree can usually qualify in only one other jurisidicition, District of Columbia. A Concord grad did sue and was able to take the bar in Massachusetts. On paper at least it seems possible to qualify in Iowa, Indiana, and maybe Wisconsin in narrow circumstances. The so called reciprocity agreements block out DL grads, California therefore is correct to deny reciprocity as most states will not permit non ABA to even take their bars. The ABA hypocrits however will gladly take your money if you are an attorney from a DL school and let you be a member.

Immigration, Social Security Disability, and Veterans Disability are federal practice areas, it is possible to practice nationwide with just a California license if you are careful. California also has state regulated Immigration Consultants who are not attorneys.

You do not need a law degree to be one.

PS Assuming one could get into a LLM program without JD, they would not qualify to take the bar unless they already had a foreign Bachelors in Law or a JD.

Hi there,

I've decided on pursuing a law degree in the US. I'm a US citizen but have spent the last 4.5 years in England getting a BA in Business Management and working in sales. I'm pretty burnt out from sales and have decided to do something less monotonous and more steady in terms of salary and check out law. So basically I'm wondering, what do I need to do to prepare for law school? Are there certain classes/units I need to get before I apply?

Any help would be appreciated.


Your English BA plus the LSAT should be sufficient to apply to law schools. So I'd recommend a LSAT prep course of some sort.

I canvR never understand the part about attorneys being unemployed, they can immediately go into solo practice unlike England which it makes it tough on solo practitioners.

The QLTS is not as straight forward as the QLTT it replaced - the QLTT was a three day open book (outlines provided by the test provider!) exam in New York.

If you get a Practising Certificate, better read the rules, England has both a Law Society and a Solicitors Regulatory Authority - being a non resident solicitor can be lucrative but you need a plan to make it work.

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