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Online Law Schools / Re: ABA is not an option (unfortunately)
« on: June 10, 2012, 01:05:04 PM »
You have to decide which goal is bigger than the obstacle.  I was in a brick and mortar law school for one year and ran out of money.  I studied at Calif Southern for a year and could not afford to fly back to California to take the FYLSE a second time.  I finally decided to enroll in an online paralegal program and completed it with honors.  I am studying for the CLA exam because I will be an older applicant.  I decided to do what I can afford.  Having no money has always been an obstacle for me.  From my perspective, you are very fortunate to live in California.  Getting to an FYLSE exam site is no more than a short drive.  You would be able to good to any law school of your choice, if that is really what you want to do.  I have reached the most I can borrow in federal student loans.  You don't appear to have that problem either.

Having said all the above, go to any law school in California, either brick and mortar or online.  Pass the FYLSE and the California bar.  Practice in California for five years, and take the bar exams of those states that will allow it.  There are several.  The National Conference of Bar Examiners can tell you which states do.

Online Law Schools / Re: Taft or Concord Law School
« on: April 21, 2012, 12:41:22 PM »
Which school do you attend?  Which agency did you work for?

I didn't quit law school, per se.  I just never had the money to finish on my own.  And, I don't see a rich man in my future.  The paralegal certificate I earned was within my budget.

Online Law Schools / Re: Taft or Concord Law School
« on: April 20, 2012, 03:47:41 PM »
Again, do a little research, so that your comments are backed by actual knowledge.

Online Law Schools / Re: Legal Consultant Exam
« on: April 20, 2012, 03:44:46 PM »
My dear, who do you think the results of  legal research are directed to?  I think I can spell it out for you.  Legal research projects  means attorneys are the paralegals' clients.  You really need to do your homework before you post comments.

Online Law Schools / Re: Taft or Concord Law School
« on: April 18, 2012, 07:03:01 PM »
The five year game plan is, in actuality, what some state bar agencies require before they will allow a JD grad of an online school to even take their  exam.

Don't knock government jobs.  Most federal agencies require some pretty hefty credentials.

Online Law Schools / Re: Legal Consultant Exam
« on: April 18, 2012, 06:50:42 PM »
Several books clearly state that paralegals can perform legal research.

Online Law Schools / Re: Legal Consultant Exam
« on: April 18, 2012, 02:52:27 PM »
I have no interest in trial strategy myself.  My niche is legal research:http://

Online Law Schools / Re: Legal Consultant Exam
« on: April 18, 2012, 02:44:57 PM »
A trial strategist is a behavioral profiler. 

A legal memo is an analytical document based on sound legal research. 

A paralegal can do either one of those jobs.  Performing those functions would not be UPL.

An attorney would use a person with those skills for the same reason she would hire a personal assistant:  to free her mind up to better represent clients.  And, attorneys hire based on past performance.  That kind of experience can be gained by starting out doing pro bono work.

Someone with a non-ABA degree is essentially a paralegal.

Online Law Schools / Re: Taft or Concord Law School
« on: April 16, 2012, 11:47:56 PM »
Keep in mind that whichever school you choose, you will have to learn a huge amount of material in a year so that you can pass the FYLSE on the first try.  You will have to know much more about contracts, torts, and criminal law than any brick and mortar first year law school student.    If you don't live in California, add flight, hotel, and meal expenses for every time you need to take the exam again.   

If you are making less than a certain amount, you might be eligible for legal aide.  Maybe the don't ask, don't tell approach would be helpful, here.  Don't mention the severe lack of good judgment on an employment application unless specifically asked about it.  If you are asked about it, admit that, at the time, you didn't know how to handle the pressure and sought the easy way out.  And, that you learned, for next time,  to either asked for help or give the project up entirely (as in, drop the course). 

Try the network approach in looking for jobs; where the interviewer has met you outside the office first. Volunteer at a legal aide office.  Get involved in working with inmates and their legal problems.  There always seems to be work available in criminal law.

Just like a credit history,  build up a dossier of good acts that will bury that one act of moral bankruptcy.

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