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 on: September 09, 2015, 01:34:02 PM 
Started by calvinexpress - Last post by Citylaw
Driving four hours a day one way i.e. eight hours is a big deal.

Particularly when dealing with law school.

Commuting sucks  and 4 hours one way is miserable.

As to the OP's question William & Mitchell an ABA Law School has been approved for tentative online law school.

Your situation is a problem with legal education that many 22-25 year old with no family, career, etc cannot grasp. However, this is why pursuing education early in life is ideal, but not everyone does everything perfectly or knows what they want.

There are countless areas  in the U.S. that are completely unrepresented by lawyers and states like South Dakota are paying lawyers to move there.

So there are options, but states can impose rules on their licensing requirements, but attorneys that have passed the bar from a non-aba school and wanted to practice in another state have typically won approval to take the exam. This is a huge hurdle for anyone, but it has been done.

Good luck to you.

 on: September 08, 2015, 10:14:01 PM 
Started by calgal27 - Last post by calgal27
I notice that most of these schools have an agreement with Fleming's or some other company that requires its students to buy their materials.  I was looking at AISOL.  You are required to buy Fleming's Legal Essay Workshop which is $260 on cd.  For that, you will be required to write the 6 essays that come with the workshop that will be critiqued by (I am assuming) Fleming.

Now, I have been able to find the workshop CDs of an older version.  As with law books, nothing really changes and you can use older books plus everything is online.  So, I contacted the school and asked if I could use the older version.  I was told I could, but the essays would not be critiqued by "him." 

The school also requires you to purchase criminal law books by one of the professors and those you can't find used anywhere.

Do you think this is fair?  I mean, I am pretty confident in my legal writing abilities but if I am paying for tuition and part of that goes for someone to critique my essays, then my essays should be looked at.  If the idea is to review essays, does it matter which ones?

 on: September 08, 2015, 07:43:54 PM 
Started by rezamza - Last post by Citylaw
A 157 is not super bad it will get you into a number of ABA approved law schools. It is not something to write home about either, but it puts you in the top 30% of test takers.

This means that 70% of college graduates that were motivated enough to take the LSAT get worse than a 157.

People can spend years on various courses hoping to improve their score, but life will eventually pass them by. Do your best and move on from the LSAT. Don't under-prepare, but if you have taken it three times you are unlikely to drastically improve.

Good luck to you and don't listen to anyone that says 157 is a terrible score.  It is fine, but far from great.

 on: September 08, 2015, 06:25:01 PM 
Started by Redheaded Wanderer - Last post by i VIII 🐍 π
Depends on the subject and the way the class is graded to be 100% honest.
The bar exam is another beast................but MPRE I think I listed to lectures while playing games online and drinking ice beers. (its the mpre lol)

If a 1L was reading this. I'd say, to do the following.

1. Buy canned outlines (do it, just do it)
2. Take notes, but no one takes perfect notes (thus the canned stuff to supplement it)
3. If at all possible buy a USED book. They have the good stuff already highlighted and underlined.
4. Join your student bar association and buy the approved outlines from prior exams (most schools offer them)
5. Remember to breath, 2L is just around the corner.

 on: September 08, 2015, 06:20:45 PM 
Started by rezamza - Last post by i VIII 🐍 π
157 is super bad, but for sure retake. I bet you do better.

 on: September 08, 2015, 06:19:34 PM 
Started by jrivero2015 - Last post by i VIII 🐍 π
Citylaw is right, I know they have the non JD equivalent of LLM for people in health law online (and some on campus too)
Here are a few examples:

Also, there are pretty easy "Doctor" degrees to get (Naturopath, Audiology, Occupational Therapy)
Those might be worth looking into.

 on: September 08, 2015, 06:13:45 PM 
Started by PintoA - Last post by i VIII 🐍 π
90 credits (ish) Bachelor Degrees are out there too. Mostly in Canada, some in America, some online.

 3 years with 140 credits is a GPA killer. 3 years with 90 credits is chillax on the beach.

 on: September 08, 2015, 05:40:04 PM 
Started by PintoA - Last post by Citylaw
Yep solid advice get good grades and don't spend to much money on undergrad, but also enjoy undergrad .

I guess be 18 years old and keep your doors open.

 on: September 08, 2015, 05:02:40 PM 
Started by PintoA - Last post by Groundhog
It makes no difference. Do whatever is best for you financially and GPA-wise.

 on: September 08, 2015, 02:15:49 PM 
Started by jrivero2015 - Last post by Citylaw
As others have said if you don't really want to be a lawyer then going to law school might not be worth it.

Your statement of not sure about being done with school is not really a reason to attend law school.

If you want to work in a hospital and avoid litigation then work in a hospital as something other than a lawyer.  Become a Doctor, Speech Therapist, Accountant, MBA, etc.  There is nothing requiring a J.D. to work in a hospital that is like getting a someone that hates to fly getting a pilots license so they can drive a car. They didn't need to get a pilots license to drive a car and instead they wasted significant time & money learning to do something they don't want to do.

If your goal is to work in a hospital and never be in a courtroom then law school is not the best way to accomplish that.

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