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Online Law Schools / Re: Anybody thinking about Taft?
« on: August 15, 2016, 09:05:42 AM »
OP:

If you just want to earn about the law for purposes of self enrichment and really have no plans to take the bar, I'd look for online or correspondence schools with an established track record (like Taft) and pick the cheapest one.

Master's programs in law are OK, but you'd probably learn more basic law in a JD program.

Personally, I would not spend the extra money to go to Concord. Regional accreditation is meaningless in law. The only accreditation that matters is ABA or CBE (or other state bar accreditation). If you're not using the degree to get a job, who cares? Go for the cheapest option.   

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You can take the patent bar without a JD, but you won't be a patent lawyer you'll be a patent agent. Patent lawyers have to get a JD and pass both the patent bar and general bar.

A biology degree would qualify you to become a patent lawyer, but it;s not quite as simple as saying "I have a STEM degree, therefore I can be a patent lawyer." It is a pretty competitive field, and most patent lawyers come into it with some level of experience already under their belts. For example, someone might work as a chemical engineer for five years then get a JD, that sort of thing.

There are very few JDs with STEM degrees who qualify, but there also aren't very many job openings in patent law. I think it sort of balances out in that way. Additionally, all of the normal rules apply: a STEM degree plus a JD from Stanford is going to be more employable than a STEM degree plus a JD from Whittier, etc. A biology degree is OK, but perhaps not quite as desirable as mechanical engineering, biotech engineering, chemical engineering etc. You get the point.

Lastly, don't go to law school unless you are OK with being a lawyer, period. Not a patent lawyer, but just a lawyer. The fact is, you may very well end up writing wills and defending DUIs if nobody is hiring patent lawyers when you graduate.

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Politics and Law-Related News / Re: POTUS
« on: August 09, 2016, 09:16:29 PM »
Julie have no friends.

Julie 45 year old man living in parents basement. Maybe parolee.

Julie pathetic loser for ever.

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Politics and Law-Related News / Re: POTUS
« on: August 07, 2016, 09:13:53 AM »
Julie.........please stop pretending you know grammar or wtf strawman is..........

It is Julie!

Julie, you shouldn't have reverted back to your old syntax patterns. Too easy.

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Politics and Law-Related News / Re: POTUS
« on: August 04, 2016, 01:48:28 PM »
I lose cases

The only true thing you've said today.

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Politics and Law-Related News / Re: POTUS
« on: August 04, 2016, 12:12:03 PM »
Just checked, Clinton is now ahead in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida. She's also ahead in Michigan and Wisconsin by even bigger margins.

Give me one piece of evidence to prove me wrong. One. Not your opinion, but actual evidence. My god, I hope I get to go up against you in court someday. Easiest win of my career.

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Politics and Law-Related News / Re: POTUS
« on: August 04, 2016, 10:38:27 AM »
Your run for president is over if you can't win Ohio and Florida....and with Clintons incompetence, lies and corruption her career is over.

Absolutely false. As usual, you're relying on what someone else told you and you haven't bothered to read the periodical yourself.

Clinton can LOSE Ohio, Florida, and just to make it interesting, Iowa, Nevada, and North Carolina, too. As long as she picks up Pennsylvania (where she is 5-6 points ahead), guess what? She's at 273.

Other combinations work, too.

Trump, OTOH, has to run the table on Ohio, Florida, and Pennsylvania to even have a shot. This last week has been brutal for him. Look at the polls. It seems highly unlikely that he'll suddenly turn it around and make up lost points.

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Politics and Law-Related News / Re: POTUS
« on: August 03, 2016, 05:49:56 PM »
Watching both partys burn to the ground is par for the course with seeing hillarys career destroyed by the FBI.

I agree. Becoming President is the low point of any politician's career. Brilliant analysis, as usual.

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I agree with the above posters: minimize cost and consider a part time program, or consider starting in a part time program and switching to full time if the programs permits.

Normally I would say get it done in three years, but as an older student the part time program may be more feasible. I went to law school in my early thirties. I had a wife and kid, a job and a mortgage. I chose a large scholarship at a lower ranked school over a small scholarship at a big name school, and chose an evening program over a full time day program.

My fellow students were teachers, accountants, engineers and military officers. The general attitude was more laid back (although still VERY academically challenging). Several professors told me flat out that they much preferred teaching the evening classes.

In my last year I took a couple of day classes, and I felt a little like a fish out of water. The students were very nice and smart, but stuff like people texting and Facebooking during class, or whining about the amount of work just didn't happen in the evening classes. So, for someone in your situation it could be a better fit.

Also, are you taking an LSAT prep course?

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: UMass going anywhere?
« on: July 14, 2016, 09:12:02 AM »
As Loki stated, UCI is an anomoly. They had a huge budget to begin with (Donald Bren alone donated $20 million before they even opened their doors), and the full backing of the UC system. Hiring Chemerinsky was a huge coup for a start up law school, too.

UMass, IIRC, is the rebranded New England School of Law (can't remember exactly). The UMass system does have a good reputation, but UMD has not made the aggressive play for the rankings that Irvine has.

I would imagine that they will move up in the rankings, but over time. To which exact tier? Who knows. Remember, to move up you have to displace an existing school from it's position. So the question would be: What specifically is UMD doing that would put it ahead of other schools? Anything special? I'm not aware of anything particularly novel in their model.

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