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Distance Education Law Schools / Re: July 2013 Bar Exam Results
« on: February 06, 2014, 09:08:44 AM »
Law Dean - thanks for the stats.  Note that DC has it right - more admissions by motion than anyone else by far.  Most states including California are violating the Commerce Clause by engaging in restraint of interstate trade by erecting barriers to practice and free movement.  Surely, one can expect a competent attorney with 5-10 years continuous experience to be able to seamlessly move between jurisdictions.  The differences in law between DC and California for example are minimal - at least DC thinks so and permits all California attorneys including non ABA to motion in after 5 years practice.  Even going to another commmon law country is not difficult for a seasoned lawyer who can read the rules and statutes.

Apparently the "public" needs protection from lawyers who  cannot read or comprehend statutes but then again what bar did they pass I wonder? 

Then there is the crazy quilt of federal district court jurisidictions - I can be a member of federal court bar for example in North Dakota but not Nevada - why?  Bar protectionism and restraint of trade.


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Distance Education Law Schools / Re: Mid-Atlantic School of Law
« on: February 05, 2014, 08:01:52 PM »
MASL is not picking up the phone or answering emails because you do not know the magic password.

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That is what I call small sample.

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Distance Education Law Schools / Re: July 2013 Bar Exam Results
« on: February 02, 2014, 07:55:14 PM »
Among big bars, DC and California have the hardest bars, Illinois one of the easiest.  If someone passes the FYLSE exam they should get a ticket to the bar. Low pass rates by DL applicants may have to do with:

1.  Poor performance on the essay questions.
2.  lack of preparation time due to employment and other responsibilites.

If DL students were allowed to take some of the easier bars like South Dakota with a consistent 90% pass rate - we would see those pass rates at least double or tiple.

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Distance Education Law Schools / Re: July 2013 Bar Exam Results
« on: January 28, 2014, 06:59:45 PM »
Concord's rates were fairly dismal given the Washington Post Corp. is the parent company.  Anyone contemplating DL should realize the odds are at least 5 -1 against and in the case of some schools off the charts.   However, I submit the problem is not necessarily schools but the students just not of the requisitie calibre. Low pass rates for foreign educated applicants also indicates that an offshore law school is  bad option.

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Distance Education Law Schools / Re: July 2013 Bar Exam Results
« on: January 28, 2014, 08:51:49 AM »
Cooley lawschool however managed only 15% overall.

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Distance Education Law Schools / Re: July 2013 Bar Exam Results
« on: January 28, 2014, 08:40:04 AM »
So there you go - about a less than one in 5 chance  no matter which alternative route route you take -

Versus 22% for NON ABA California Accredited

My alma mater Taft however had overall  a nore than 20% pass rate

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Distance Education Law Schools / July 2013 Bar Exam Results
« on: January 28, 2014, 08:33:18 AM »


http://admissions.calbar.ca.gov/Portals/4/documents/gbx/JULY2013STATS.012214_R.pdf
Overall Passrates

 
CA Unaccredited 
12.6
Law Office/Judges’ Chambers
14.3
Foreign Educated/JD Equivalent + One Year US Education
12.4
Foreign Attorneys Taking the General Bar Exam3
16.1


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Distance Education Law Schools / Practice of "Law" w/out a License
« on: January 16, 2014, 10:59:47 PM »
Given that a number of DL students won't pass the California Bar - there are actually a number of ways to use your JD and practice law without out a license.

1.  Social Security Advocate - they do the same job as an attorney and collect a similar fee; only difference is that SSA does not withhold their fee like it does for attorneys sometimes.

2.  Veterans Disability Advocate

3.  Tax Court (if you can qualify)

In England McKenzie Friends can collect fees:

http://www.lawsociety.org.uk/news/stories/case-studies-on-fee-charging-mckenzie-friends/?utm_source=emailhosts&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=PU+-+16%2F01%2F14

Anyone know of any other examples?

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Non-Traditional Students / Re: UK or USA for post grad law degree
« on: January 13, 2014, 07:41:38 PM »
Attending law school in Singapore to become a Singapore lawyer is too logical. Really it does make sense to attend law school where you intend to qualify first.

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