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I was accepted at Birmingham School of Law.  I live in the Atlanta area and Birmingham is about a 2.5 hour drive.  It's a Saturday program.  3 classes every Saturday.    They are a state approved school, not an ABA approved school so I will only be able to take the bar in Alabama.    Not a big deal for me. 

So, I will give it a try.  I have wanted to go to law school for a long time so now is the time to take a chance. 

Online Law Schools / Re: taft law school
« on: April 17, 2011, 06:16:49 PM »
I actually tried Taft.  I am in Georgia and there are only 5 law schools in the state and only 2 of them have evening programs.  Didn't get into either.

So... I tried Taft.  Terrible!  When I would brief a case and get a 3/4 on it, I would want to know what went wrong.  That is only 75%.  I would get some canned answer as if the teacher was responding without even knowing who I was or what I wrote.

I have 20 years in the legal profession, an Associates in Paralegal, Bachelor in Business and a Masters in Law & Public Policy.  I am not dumb.

I just didn't think it was worth it and would not recommend online law school to anyone.

I am now looking at Birmingham School of Law in Alabama.  They have a weekend program and Birmingham is about 2.5 hours from Atlanta.  It is actually feesible to go there on the weekend.  They are not ABA approved, but that is not a concern for me.  I I am 45.  I am not going to start some big law career when and if I graduate law school

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: No LSAT
« on: March 03, 2011, 04:33:00 AM »
There is a law school in Massachussetts that does not require LSAT.  I believe it is the Massachussetts School of Law.  There is Birmingham School of Law in Alabama.  I believe Nashville School of Law in Tennessee does not require one either.

I did poorly on LSAT but my undergraduate GPA is 3.7 and I even have a Master's Degree in Law & Public Policy.   I applied at Birmingham School of Law since geographically, I can attend there since I live in Georgia.  They even have a weekend only program which is quite beneficial.  However, it is a non-ABA approved school so I will only be able to sit for the bar in Alabama.  However, Georgia has a waiver for people who went to non-aba approved schools but want to sit for bar.  You have to follow the instructions to a tee, but at least they give you the opportunity.

I went to Taft.  The only benefit to Taft is you can actually get federal student loans.  That is the big plus since most online law schools and even the non-ABA approved schools do not offer it. 

Taft was not a good experience.  Their teaching is lackluster and all the responses from the professors sounded canned.  I mean, if I got a 3/4 on a brief, I would not get an explanation as to where I went wrong.  3/4 is only 75%.  I lasted 6 weeks.

If you really want to go to law school online, try California School of Law.  You have to actually attend class twice a week online. 

I searched but didn't come up with an definite answer, but are online schools such as UofP looked down upon by law school admission boards? Also I have about 48 credit hours to complete to receive my BA. UofP has nice curriculum, but the cost is $515 per credit hour. Someone mentioned that it's the convenience that your paying for, but for the extra $150 per credit I don't mind walking into ASU to complete the registration, but then again all the classes needed aren't necessarily offered online.
Any input is greatly appreciated

I can tell you that there is a state approved law school in Birmingham, AL. They specficially say they do not accept degrees from University of Phoenix.    This is just a state approved school.  Not even ABA approved.

I hope the tuition at the state school is nowhere near that of ABA accredited law schools - that is an awful lot of driving and studying simply "for the education."  No chance on re-prepping and retaking the LSAT?  Might be worth the ffort.

I am not looking to become a first year associate at a firm.  I am going for the education.

Birmingham is $1750 a semster including all the fees.  3 semester a year  so that is $5300 a year... roughly.  I have to add gas and travel time in but still worth it.  Heck, Concord is $10,000 a year for an online law degree.  That seems wasteful

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: Birmingham School of Law
« on: November 08, 2010, 09:25:46 AM »
I also found 1 graduate of Concord Law School (the online school) that is a member of the Georgia Bar.  He was admitted here in 2008 so I am wondering how he pulled that off.  Concord is not accredited by any agency. 

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: Birmingham School of Law
« on: November 08, 2010, 09:23:12 AM »
I found 6 members of the Georgia Bar that went to Birmingham School of Law.  They are practicing here, but they became members of the Bar way back in 1979 and one was back in 1965  The requirements back then are not the same today.  I am sure that was before ABA approval was the norm. 

I looked at Concord.  Way too expensive for what you get.  If you do an internet search about the school, you will find other sites where there are a lot of disgruntled students... and students that have left to go somewhere else.

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: Birmingham School of Law
« on: November 05, 2010, 01:48:03 PM »
I know that I will be stuck, if I choose to practice law, to Alabama unless I move to one of the other states that allows you to sit for their bar.  There is a great chart that shows all the states and all their rules.  Like I said, I am not concerned about the ABA versus non-ABA.  I am not a spring chicken anymore.

My GPA is 3.69.  Once all my transcripts got to LSAC and they averaged everything out, my cumulative GPA was 3.11.  That is a considerable difference.  I took LSAT 5 years ago and did poorly.  So, even thought I had a high GPA, the LSAT killed my chances of getting into any ABA approved school.  I can get into a state approved school and that is okay for me since by the time I am done with law school (assuming I start fall 2011) I will be almost 50.  I can be a lawyer and not got to an ABA school. 

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