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Jeen:
Hello,

I am returning to law school via the internet to finish what I started 15 years ago. I live in CT and went to an ABA approved school for about 2 years.  I became ill, and had to take a leave of absence.  Because there was a time frame that I was required to finish my studies in, all my credits are useless here.

I took the admissions test for Concord as a fluke and scored 100%, so I decided to go for it.  I decided to choose NWCU because it was the cheapest.  I contacted the CT bar and they said I couldn't sit for it if I went to any correspondence school, even if I got a LLM from an ABA school.

I am glad I found a site to talk with others as they navigate through this new frontier.

Jeen

zemog:
I don't get it. If they said you can't practice in CT but you live there currently, are you planning on leaving CT after you graduate from Concord?  If that's the case, you might as well go to an ABA approved law school now.  You were planning on leaving anyways, so now you just do it a couple of years earlier, and you can at least practice in CT if you ever decide to.

sharmaine73:

--- Quote from: Jeen on May 08, 2005, 11:13:44 AM ---Hello,

I am returning to law school via the internet to finish what I started 15 years ago. I live in CT and went to an ABA approved school for about 2 years.  I became ill, and had to take a leave of absence.  Because there was a time frame that I was required to finish my studies in, all my credits are useless here.


--- End quote ---

Where you dismissed then?   This is the only plausible reason I could see for you not trying to return to an ABA approved law school which would really be in your best interest if you hope to practce someday.  If you were dismissed you really should consider taking the LSAT again and reapplying.  People get readmitted to law school all the time. DOn't waste your money on a correspondence school that will be about as valuable as a degree in paralegal studies.  You simply will not be as competative.

jacy85:
I agree. What's the point of putting in the time, money, and effort at Concord if you can't practice in the state you want?  I see absolutely no sense or logic in that.  I think you should call ABA schools in the area you are current living in or the area you want to live in, and explain your situation (if you were dismissed, or whatever).  Take the LSAT again, and try to start again. Since you've already gone through 2 years, you'll have a much better handle on it than your fellow 1Ls.

Jeen:
I hope this helps to clarify my position and thinking.

I took a leave of absence at my ABA law school for medical reasons.  I have a lung disease which is rare, incurable, and as you might imagine the focus in my life changed considerably at that time.

The advocacy skills I learned helped me to access medications and therapies not yet approved.

New treatments helped extend my life and expand my focus again, unfortunately 10 years have passed since I first started law school.  The eight year rule applies here in CT, and my only option would be to begin again. 

Because my disease is chronic, I can not predict when I will require oxygen and be hospitalized, nor when I will be symptom free and as "normal" presenting as a non-disabled student. The playing field for those who are disabled has not been leveled yet.  I hope those of you reading this who become attorney's with the power to change laws keep that in mind.

I currently assist parents of children with special needs and/or disabilities to obtain appropriate educational services for their children.  Under the new federal IDEIA laws an attorney can not represent a family at a PPT meeting or resolution meeting.  Practicing in CT would hinder my ability to resolve disputes.

My desire to finish law school is a direct result of my refusal to allow an illness to define what I can do.  Ilness is the great equalizer...everyone is vulnerable...even those at ABA Law Schools.

Jeen



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