The CLA credential is ABA approved. I was an Air Force captain during the 80's. Now, I am a security officer. I am not interested in social work right now.
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All my other degrees are from nationally recognized schools. Paralegals don't need the CLA credential. It's voluntary. The CLA credential is almost mandatory for someone like me since Blackstone is only DETC accredited. I went to social work school because I wanted to be an abortion counselor. I never found a job doing that. I do not want to know about kids having the misfortune of being born to sadistic parents. Therefore, child protective services is out. I also have no interest working in a nursing home. I discovered that the legal field will give me the right mix of people contact and administrative work that I am looking for.
I chose blackstone because it was 59.00 down and 59.00 a month. It was low cost and made me eligible to sit for the exam. The other paralegal programs went into thousands of dollars.
I already have a certificate in paralegal studies. It is from www.blackstone.edu. That online school is DETC accredited. That certificate has made me eligible to sit for the National Association of Legal Assistants' Certified Legal Assistant exam. Once I pass the CLA exam, I will be eligible to apply for and become a Florida Registered Paralegal.
I have already sat for the First Year Law Students' Exam. I failed the test by 5 points. I don't have enough money to fly to California again right now. I don't have enough money to attend a real law school because I have a high student loan balance from the other three degrees I have. The government won't lend me anymore money even though I am making small payments. My major obstacle has been and continues to be enough money for law school; online or otherwise.
All I really care about, though, is legal research and writing. The only reason why I would have wanted to be an attorney was so that I could walk down the street and think: "I'm an ATTORNEY, guys!" I have a masters degree in social work. If I really wanted to help people, I would have stayed in that profession. Simply wanting to feel like you are better than anyone else is not a good reason to want to be an attorney. So, I am going to swallow my pride, and support other people who really care about helping other people.
I am choosing to be a paralegal first. I can't use Mid Atlantic's JD in Florida. It will be useful in California after I establish a reputation for superior legal knowledge here. The ABA approves of certified legal assistants.
Thank you for your input. I have decided that since I will not have enough money to attend a real law school, I am better off focusing on the certified legal assistant exam and on honing my legal research skills by writing and submitting more articles on legal issues to bepress and to getcited.org.
« on: October 08, 2011, 12:03:35 PM »
For those of you interested in participating, please submit your legal memoranda as an attachment to me in an email. A good way to get started is to read one of the fact patterns of your choice from the California bar exam; any year. Take one scenario out of the whole fact pattern. A slip and fall, for example, will be enough. An individual who breaks in and enters, slips and falls, and accidentally starts a fire will have too many issues to discuss. Then, put the key words from the simplified scenario into Google Scholar. Tell the e-Law Review how the court will decide our client's case based on the cases you have read.
« on: October 07, 2011, 11:17:59 PM »
The website will be up as soon as I get at least 5 articles to upload. I will do all the editing. But, the articles should be as letter perfect (using either the Bluebook, ALWD, or Garner's Redbook) as possible. This e-Law Review cannot be about my articles (http://works.bepress.com/angela_passaro). Input from other students is very important. The ABA law school students have their own law reviews to contribute to.
As we get more articles, other people can assume some of the editing tasks.
This e-Law Review will be a database of articles in legal memorandum format.
TO: National Online Law Students' E-Law Review
FROM: Your name, the name of your law school
RE: Any legal issue of your choice
The memorandum discussion will be in the Issue, Rule, Analysis, Conclusion format.
I chose this format for the articles because we all know how to write the Introduction, Body, Conclusion articles already.
« on: October 04, 2011, 12:19:32 AM »
I have been thinking that the best way to get the ABA'S attention and respect is to show them what online law school students can do. I think that our association should be an online law school students' e-law review. This website will be a database of legal memoranda written by online law school students. Your name and your school will be in the from block. If you would like to submit articles, send me an email. I will know whether or not I should start the website depending on how many people want to submit articles. All students from any online law school are welcome.