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It appears that the US Department of Education is targeting for-profit schools, threatening to halt federal aid if students default on student loans or do not earn enough after graduation to be able to repay them. 

Hopefully, should these rules be implemented, for-profit schools will get their acts together and start to put together quality programs.

Proposed federal rules target for-profit colleges
I have no problem as long as the same standards are applied to hickville state community colleges as well.

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Non-Traditional Students / Re: Nashville School of Law vs. UT-Law
« on: August 01, 2010, 03:17:23 PM »
I see no problem with it other than the fact you cannot get federal student loans. But it does not look expensive and is state-accredited, which is all that matters. 

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Non-Traditional Students / Re: Provisional Accreditation
« on: July 13, 2010, 04:24:21 PM »
Students who attend provisionally-accredited law schools are authorized federal student loans. Law schools do not even have to be accredited or provisionally-accredited by the ABA for students to get federal student loans. As long as the law schools is ABA accredited, or associated with a university that is accredited by a U.S. Department of Education recognized body, then federal student loans are authorized. An example of this right now is Concord School of Law. They are associated with Kaplan University which is accredited, so the law school can grant student loans.

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John Marshall / Re: John Marshall Law Application - Traffic Violations
« on: December 18, 2009, 03:07:30 AM »
I asked about this recently since I just got all the orientation materials, including the ones about amending an application if you omitted anything at all from your original application.  I realized I forgot to list a traffic ticket (talking on a cell phone while driving), so I emailed the dean to ask about it.  He said to make a "good faith effort" on listing each one and the dates.  However, I just decided to get a driving record from the DMV.  It only costs $12, and it ensures that you list absolutely everything.  Better safe than sorry.
They are asking it in preparation for the state bar most likely. I know in Alabama the state bar asks the exact same question, and all law students are required to register with the state bar when they begin law school.

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Nowhere did I see any indication that she passed the CBX, only the Baby Bar. Maybe she did pass the general, but I doubt it based on what I have read.
You are right. I misread where it stated "California's bar exam for first-year law students" and the MPRE. I looked up the actual case and it also does not state she had passed the bar.

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Maybe Mrs Batterson should have hired an attorney?
Well, in a way she did. She is already an attorney licensed in CA. She was trying to do what the other guy did in Massachusetts. Her only problem is that she screwed up by not following the rules. as i posted above, Georgia allows non-ABA grads to practice law. They just have to apply differently. She screwed up on her application and didn't provide all the required information. then she thought she could appeal it like the guy in Massachusetts did. The only difference is that the attorney in Massachusetts followed the rules and was finally admitted to the bar. This lady did not follow the rules.

So there is no comparison about one state allowing the distance education alum to sit and the other not. 

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General Board / Miles Law School Has 0% Bar Passage
« on: December 14, 2009, 09:30:43 AM »
I was looking at the bar passage rate in Alabama and noticed that Miles Law School had a 0% passage rate for first time test takers. It is a state-only accredited school but that is still amazingly low. It seems to me that a school's accreditation should be at risk when it is graduating students who cannot even pass the bar. What is the difference between that and diploma mills with a ZERO PERCENT passage?

This goes for ABA-accredited, state-accredited, and non-accredited law schools.

Source: http://www.alabar.org/admissions/files/stats0709detail.pdf

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General Board / Practice law in federal courts outside state
« on: December 13, 2009, 04:25:04 AM »
Once admitted to the state bar, how does it work in regard to federal or military courts (defense)? Do you have to be on the state bar where the federal court is located? What about a court of appeals located in another state?

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The Georgia Supreme Court makes it clear that she could have been admitted had she followed the required procedure. Georgia had a state-only accredited school until recently (John Marshall, which is now ABA), and there is still a process to file if you graduate from a non-ABA school. As long as you can establish that your school is on par with ABA schools, then you can be admitted. Some schools have been around for nearly 100 years and have never applied for ABA accreditation, but have produced judges, law professors, politicians, lawyers, etc. Georgia, as well as some other states, is aware of this and thus allows the exception to ABA-only alumni.

Back to the topic, this case had nothing to do with her education. It had to do with her not following the rules.   

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General Board / Re: Military intelligence background
« on: December 11, 2009, 05:18:38 PM »
Already having a security clearance is great for small companies who do not want to fork up the money to get you one. But the companies you named regularly hire people without clearance and then get them the clearance just like the military did for you when you joined.

 

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