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Distance Education Law Schools / Re: Distance Learning
« on: November 24, 2013, 09:48:38 PM »
If you contemplate going down some unknown road like an English online law degree - submit your plan to the state bar first and get an opinion in writing.  California has a process for this.

Distance Education Law Schools / Re: Non-ABA approved Test Takers
« on: November 24, 2013, 09:46:37 PM »
The Concord case was a one off situation.  Typically an online California grad can take the Cal bar and after 5 years practice motion into the DC bar and this is it with a few very minor exceptions.

Distance Education Law Schools / Re: Mid-Atlantic School of Law
« on: November 24, 2013, 09:43:54 PM »
Consider yourself lucky if they don't respond.

L.L.M. Board / Re: LLM in tax without a JD
« on: November 24, 2013, 09:18:46 PM »
Yes you can practice as a non attorney before the US Tax Court, you will need to pass an exam. plus have 2 sponsors.  You don't need a LLM but that might be one way to get in and make connections.

Distance Education Law Schools / Re: Distance Learning
« on: October 27, 2013, 08:06:45 PM »
By the way I have an online JD and then did the QLTT - so I am not anti DL, I am just warning you the bars are not your friend in these matters and to get it in writing....

Distance Education Law Schools / Re: Distance Learning
« on: October 27, 2013, 08:04:29 PM »
I also have tried to warn that this may not even result in a bar ticket. Unless he has a firm committment in writing from the Cal Bar that they will accept a foreign distance learning LLB plus LLM; I have my doubts the bar will comply. The Cal Bar as I have noted before is not obligated to accept just any foreign LLB - would they accept a LLB from UNISA or University of Zimbabwe absent a license - I am not so sure.  I think the bar will look at the degree itself and make a decision and since it is a DL degree and not Oxford, the result may be in question. 

However I do disagree, a LLB plus LLM and bar course is likely just as good as a California DL JD - that is to say about 5-1 odds against passing.

If it was me - I'd go for the solicitor license first and then the the US Bar.

Distance Education Law Schools / Re: Distance Learning
« on: October 18, 2013, 10:15:41 PM »
It is hard enough to get a bar ticket with a foreign license - getting in with a foreign law degree and a one year LLM sounds good theory but likely will not work.  How would the bar evaluate the foreign law degree? A 1 year LLM is not the same as a 3 year JD. 

Distance Education Law Schools / Re: Distance Learning
« on: October 13, 2013, 08:56:11 PM »
New York will generally let English solicitors take the bar but the catch is they have to get licensed first which means a training contract in England first.  There has been discussion here that one could get a foreign distance learning law degree and then somehow qualify to take a US bar without being licensed as a foreign attorney first.  I have my doubts it will work since the bar will apprehend that we have a US resident obtaining a foreign DL degree when they simply could have enrolled in a California DL school.  I see no reason why the bar would do someone outside their scheme any favors.

Distance Education Law Schools / Re: St. Francis Law
« on: October 06, 2013, 09:02:16 PM »
Concord is regionally accredited but not by the state bar.  That means a Concord JD in theory is marginally better because it also has some academic standing if one wanted to enter a non law graduate program later or try for a job based on the JD alone.

Distance Education Law Schools / Re: Distance Learning
« on: October 06, 2013, 08:53:04 PM »
That's a bargain, what would a non EU resident pay?

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