What's the scoop on Novus University School of Law? Any opinions, facts, or experiences, willing to share?
I have been a student since december 2005. Recently I tried to send my assignment via e-mail and I got an e-mail response that the address is no longer valid. I have left phone messages with the answering service for a week and still no response. Has the law school closed or can somebody tell me just what is going on. The school is still taking my finance. Does any one know where the school is located? or just what is happening?
Quote from: blessed1 on November 29, 2006, 12:15:57 PMWhat's the scoop on Novus University School of Law? Any opinions, facts, or experiences, willing to share? Dear Discussion Members:Novus isn't a "sham" school. Many DL (distance learning) schools do not have a campus - University of Phoenix for example (until recently) the Open and Distance Learning University in the UK and so on. Here's the thing...distance education has notoriously been considered sub-standard - yes and no. Having taken many, many course online, I can tell you all that the level of interaction, course development and delivery methods should be a primarly consideration for those of you who have never taken a distance course.Of paramount importance when chosing any institution - traditional or DL - is that you must make sure that it is accredited. There are two types of accreditation, Regional and National. Accreditation allows you to take the credits you earn at one instituion and transfer them to another. For example, if you recieve a lesser degree from a non-accredited institution, then attempt to use that degree to obtain a higher degree (sometimes a necessary requirement) your credits will not be acknowledged. The U.S. Board of Higher Education can help you find and/or confirm whoch schools have accreditation. Generally, Regional accreditation is the one most accepted. Although Novus' information states that having accreditation does not necessarily guarantee transfer of credits - NOT having accreditation most assuredly guarantees a 99% chance another school will not allow the transfer.Faculty interaction, student support services (including online tutoring) and accessible course design are worth their weight in gold - trust me on this. I recently graduated from the Masters in Distance Education program at University of Maryland University College. I have also been a distance education program coordinator and advisor for a Criminal Justice and Criminology program..and, as I stated, a long time distance learner. I know the difference between a well designed program and one that is not. Although Novus is a wonderful financial "deal", you must research their qualifications, take into account what you might need in the future ("I want to teach when I grow up"), how it is you learn, time considerations and committments. Novus is, essentially, a map to help you get where you want to go - a law degree - sort of like a blue print. If you aren't an architect you may find yourself having a heck of a time building that house. Of course, this doesn't mean that you cannot get what you want from Novus, it means that you must chose what is right for you. This is what will guarantee your success.If you have questions about a program, please feel free to contact me or view my website: www.oncoursedistanceeducation.com...I'm always happy to help. We're in the same boat!Jeannie
So are you California and trying to avoid the baby bar? If so, I hope you're aware that California doesn't have reciprocity with any other state; in order to practice there, you still have to take the CA bar, but first you have to pass the bar in another state AND practice in that state for 4 years in order to qualify for the attorney's exam.Also...from what I hear, Novus isn't exactly cheap, and 26 credits at an ABA approved school is about 1 year of courses. Why not just do all 3 years at an approved school? Also, what if you can't find an ABA approved school that will let you take 26 credits worth of classes??
You can obtain the JD Degree From Novus, and get 26 ABA Credits and sit for the DC bar. NOW, they do have online ABA programs I read in an online law schools book, so, you can sit for a bar w/o going the CAlifornia baby bar route and have more options. Obviously you can get the ABA credits in person DC Bar admissions says they accept novus with the ABA so they are legit. I am starting with them soon and get my 26 credits and am not taking the baby bar and 4 year study plus the 26 credits, Novus can be done in less than 3 years