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Non-Traditional Students / Re: No LSAT
« on: March 03, 2011, 07:33:00 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. 

Non-Traditional Students / Re: University of Phoenix online degree???
« on: November 08, 2010, 12:30:14 PM »
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.

Non-Traditional Students / Re: 50! and still thinking of law school!!!
« on: November 08, 2010, 12:27:39 PM »
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

Non-Traditional Students / Re: Birmingham School of Law
« on: November 08, 2010, 12:25:46 PM »
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. 

Non-Traditional Students / Re: Birmingham School of Law
« on: November 08, 2010, 12:23:12 PM »
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.

Non-Traditional Students / Re: Birmingham School of Law
« on: November 05, 2010, 04:48:03 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. 

Non-Traditional Students / Re: Nashville School of Law vs. UT-Law
« on: November 05, 2010, 07:36:29 AM »
I was looking at Nashville School of Law myself.  I am in Georgia and could easily pack it up and go to TN.  I have 18 years legal experience plus a Masters in Law & Public Policy.  Here was the problem... they require an LSAT score and use a formula to figure out if you can get it.  Based on the formula, I could not get in.  My undergrad GPA was 3.69, but my LSAT was way low which caused a problem.  I am like you... not sure I want to practice law since I will be almost 50 when I am done but I want to learn the law.  I need a school that is flexible and inexpensive.  You cannot get financial aid at Nashville. 

If you GPA and LSAT scores are high (they do not use Masters degree in deciding on admission) then go somewhere else.  I don't have a lot of options becasue of my LSAT score.  I am looking at Birmingham School of Law.  They have a night program or a weekend program.  I am going to look into their program.  No LSAT required if GPA over 2.75.  There is a chart you can get online that shows all 50 states (plus DC) and what their requirements are for taking the bar in their state if your JD is from a school that is not ABA approved. 

Non-Traditional Students / Birmingham School of Law
« on: November 05, 2010, 07:29:33 AM »
Hi.  Has anyone heard of or had any dealings with this law school?  They are in Alabama and offer a night program or a weekend program.  They do not require a LSAT score unless your GPA is 2.75 or lower.  I know these standards seem below par.  I am an older student not looking for the best program, just a program where I can still maintain my current life but adding law school to it.  Their website doesn't offer a lot of information except the basics. 

I took LSAT but it was low.  GPA 3.69 plus I have a Masters in Law & Public Policy.   I think with my 18 years in the legal profession and my grades, I will get in, I just want to see if anyone has had any experience with this school.

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