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I would like to form an organization by and for those of us who are studying law online.  I thought about a lobbyist organization that would give online law school students the same or similar recognition that home school students have. This organization would also give online law school students a sense of belonging, regardless of the school they are enrolled in.  What do the rest of you think?  Is this something you would be interested in joining?

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Distance Education Law Schools / What about the MPRE?
« on: July 19, 2011, 05:37:19 AM »
Has anyone taken this test yet?

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Okay, everyone.  Now we no longer have to sit around and wonder which states will allow those of us enrolled in an online law school, to sit for their bar exam.  This guide, on the National Conference of Bar Examiners'  website,  (see Chart III) provides all the facts.  You can download it from:  www.ncbex.org

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Distance Education Law Schools / All Online Law School Students
« on: May 14, 2011, 08:04:03 AM »
Do those of you who are currently enrolled in any online law school want to get involved in discussing court opinions, on this forum, so that we can practice thinking like attorneys?

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Distance Education Law Schools / Calling All Novus Law School Graduates
« on: February 26, 2011, 09:01:02 PM »
Help us with the myths and rumors.  Has anyone graduated from Novus law school to date?  If so, have you been able to sit for the California bar exam?

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Distance Education Law Schools / Mid-Atlantic School of Law
« on: January 16, 2011, 04:59:30 PM »
This school is not as easy as it sounds.  It uses Gilberts outlines as textbooks.  You have to summarize and outline each book.  It took me four months to get through the Legal Research volume.  Right now I am on the Gilberts Civil Procedure volume.    As I go through the book, I download and read each case that is cited in the Gilberts volume.  I use the Google Scholar database.  The new articles I plan to write will be a digest of all the cases in each Gilberts outline.  There are over 1000 cases cited in the Civil Procedure Gilberts volume alone.  This school is essentially law school by correspondence.  As a result, I am eligible to sit for the California Bar Exam whenever I finish this time consuming educational project.  Towards the end of the program, I have to submit a final project.  My final project will be a compilation of California case facts and holdings (a type of hornbook) on domestic violence from the 1800s until 2011.  I am also studying for NALA's Certified Legal Assistant exam.  I just completed an online paralegal program that has made me eligible to sit for the exam.

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Here is the case about the Concord Law School grad:  Ross E. Mitchell v Board Bar of Examiners, 452 Mass. 582 (2008).  You can also find it on Google Scholar (opinions; not articles).

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"Surfing Past the Pall of Orthodoxy:  Why the First Amendment Virtually Guarantees Online Law School Graduates will Breach the ABA Accreditation Barrier" by Nick Dranias, http://law.bepress.com/expresso/eps/1948.

"States that restrict bar eligibility to graduates of ABA-accredited law schools punish graduates of online JD programs because they engaged in online educational communication, devalue educational communication and association over the Internet.  As a result, the amount of protected Internet speech and association is diminished in favor of traditional face-to-face communication and association.

"Such media discrimination is vulnerable to First Amendment attack under theories that seek to protect liberty of circulation, academic freedom, and access to the legal profession."

Just as attorneys were not allowed to advertise years ago; and now they can, maybe being allowed to sit for the bar exam in any state for those of us who study law online might be in our future.

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While doing research on this attend law school mission, I realized that the 26 credits required by the District of Columbia State Bar, need to be in the subjects that the bar exam tests:  Torts, Contracts, Wills and Trusts, etc.  So far, no school offering an LLM includes those subjects in its curriculum.  And, some of the LLM programs are 20 to 24 credits; not 26.

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Distance Education Law Schools / Mid-Atlantic School of Law
« on: August 02, 2010, 06:31:55 PM »
Is anyone out there studying under this school?  What is your experience?  Do you read all the cases discussed in each Gilbert's volume on Lexis or Google Scholar?

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