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Distance Education Law Schools / Re: Mid-Atlantic School of Law
« on: June 18, 2013, 12:44:28 AM »
I am not at Mid-Atlantic.  I don't have the money to attend any law school.  In addition to being a volunteer paralegal, I am studying for the certified paralegal exam.  I am just defending Mid-Atlantic because the right person can get something out of self study.  It is impossible to read 100% of the cases cited in each Gilberts volume. If any student read all the cases cited in each Gilberts volume, it would take him/her 15 years to get through the basic curriculum.   The cases in the typical law students' casebook are shortened considerably.  The cases cited in each Gilberts volume are going to be the real deal.  One case in and of itself can be 40 pages long.  If you are really churning out 40 pages per class, per night, you probably don't have any children and you don't have a job.  Many people don't have that luxury.

What I do believe regarding ABA accredited brick and mortar schools, is that sometimes, a truly bad person is weeded out.  There are hundreds of lawyers who are disbarred every year because they lie, cheat, and steal from their clients.  It would be worse if the ABA filter was not in place at all.  Unaccredited law schools, like Mid-Atlantic,  do not really provide any kind of filter.  So, if someone completes the Mid-Atlantic curriculum, petitions California and passes the California bar, the client doesn't really know what kind of attorney he is signing a contract with.

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Distance Education Law Schools / Re: Mid-Atlantic School of Law
« on: June 12, 2013, 05:56:25 AM »
MASL's final project does include anything from an internship at a law firm to writing a thesis.  Also, while the school's main textbooks are the Gilbert's summaries, the student does not have to stop there.  Each Gilbert's volume cites hundreds of court opinions.  In order to learn how to think like a lawyer, reading just 2% of the cases cited in each volume will make any researcher competitive.  So, while MASL appears to simply offer the basics, as with any endeavour, it is up to the student to create his/her own brand. 

I am not sure whether or not the author had Mid-Atlantic in mind when she wrote this paragraph.  But, it does provide some hope: 

". . . You think your school's reputation is holding you back?  Bull!  as Washington's Teresa DeAndrade says, 'You can go anywhere from any school, because getting hired has to do with you and your self-confidence.  People hire people, not schools.'  (Walton, 5)

Walton, Kimm Alayne, J.D. Guerrilla Tactics for Getting the Legal Job of Your Dreams

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While the ABA does have an important role in determining who becomes a lawyer, the other part of the "system" is each states' supreme court.  Most court opinions say that the reason why they depend on ABA accreditation is because it would be too costly to hear every individual petition to sit for that states' bar exam.   So, the ABA is not the only "bad guy" here.  The ABA is responding to the state supreme courts' demand for services.  There is a state, I think Wisconsin (but don't quote me), who will allow any graduate of one of its two law schools to earn a license to practice law without taking a bar exam.  Some state supreme courts also say that they are not relying only on the bar exam to determine who should become a lawyer.  Some of them are looking at the whole person.    On the other hand, I do believe that law school and becoming a lawyer is really all about money.  If you can afford to pay the high cost of tuition and books for three years, without having to work, becoming a lawyer is virtually guaranteed.

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I am glad it worked for you.  It is a lot of material to read.

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I think you can also drag and drop with your Kindle connected to the pc with the usb cord.

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Download the send to kindle app to your pc.  Then right click on each of the files and click on send to Kindle.  Then open manage your kindle on your pc.  Click on deliver to my kindle.

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You are welcome, Jim.  I plan to sit for the exam in September of this year.  I really want to get that certification!

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Distance Education Law Schools / Re: California School of Law Review
« on: April 29, 2013, 03:18:52 PM »
This school requires online attendance via a webcam.  If you can fit their schedule into your own, go for it.  I looked at this school.  It is very good. 

But, think about it.  If you have to spend time running your business  and taking care of your children on a daily basis, do you even have the time it would take to study the law at least 5 hours a night to that you can pass the FYLSE on the first try?

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Hello vanceap3:

The title of the zip file is "2000+ Pages of Law School Outlines, Notes, Analysis."  It is on ebay.com and sells for $3.99.  I have it on my Kindle and I am glad I am able to study anywhere I go.  There are a few typo and grammatical mistakes in the notes.  But, overall the file does help me memorize the law.  I should pass the certified paralegal exam with this file. 

For the other poster regarding law school exams:  When I was at California Southern, I had to take the exams at a testing site.  They were similar to the exams I took while I was a first year student at Mercer University's School of Law (1987 to 1988).  Mid-Atlantic does not have mid term or final exams.  What Mid-Atlantic does have is a final project.  Before anyone receives a degree from this company, he or she has to complete a final project.  It can be anything from serving a term of internship under  an attorney to completing a thesis.  Mid Atlantic is administered by a company.  But so is DeVry University, ITT Tech, UMA Medical Academy, CTU, and hundreds of other schools distributed throughout the entire nation.  Many years ago, home schooling was looked down upon as well.  Now, it is an accepted form of education.

I didn't have enough money to complete Mercer, California Southern, or Mid Atlantic. I work as a security guard and I am divorced.   As a result, I have opted to go for being a certified paralegal.  I am getting experience by helping inmates with law issues by volunteering for the New Vision Organization. The only thing I [can] do is summarize court opinions for them.  Florida monitors the unauthorized practice of law vigorously.   I am a volunteer paralegal for that organization.

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