I agree SWM, the "think on your feet" aspect of legal education is vital. I haven't decided on Concord yet, but I feel that after almost 20 years of professional experience in the software industry, I have already had ample experience doing just that. Others who take this route are probably the same.
I see what you mean. if you already have a successfull career as an entrpreneur and wish to gain some knowledge and wisdom pertaining to law in order to faccilitate the growth of your buisness and arrange your personal affairs, then an online degree would make sense. However, I'm still highly skeptical of the quality of the education, and I'm still skeptical that such programs woud provide their students with the skills necessary to have a successful career as an attorney. Got to run; Gobble, Gobble.
Bobkoff - I must confess, I skimmed your last post. Kind of had turkey on the brain i suppose. My apologies for misunderstanding you. However, since you are looking for a career change and since you believe that "brick and mortar are probably better than online," then why online? Is it the money vs the time? Is it the convenience? Is it the possibility of being in a lecture hall with a bunch of annoying kids that just graduated from college? Will attending an online program allow you to continue being employed in the same capacity as you are now? What is it? By the way, I'm a 32 y/o military guy, so I don't quite fit the mold of the typical law student you are suggesting. Like you, I really don't care about attending a T14 school that will look impressive on a resume; I care about ABA accreditation, location and affordability.
Yeah, I'm in the same boat as you. My first attempt at undergrad didn't go so well either. I was rather immature and I was ultimately dismissed from the university after 3 semesters. However, after a 5 year hiatus, I turned it around completely. I transferred to another institution, attended full time for another three years and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a double major in history and philosophy. I'm still kicking myself for be being young and dumb; I have a 3.71 degree granting GPA (103 credits) and a 2.95 CUM. On a good note, I've been able to put a pretty good spin on my turn around in my academic addendum. Perhaps you can explain away the F's with an accademic addendum; i know that most schools require such addendums for applicants who have either been placed on academic probation or dismissed from school. Moreover, the fact that you've been out of school and successfull in buisness for so long may render your GPA less relevent. I would guess that your LSAT score is your ticket to ride. Study Hard.
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