"you either didn't read it or don't understand what it means"In all fairness, statutes and rules, are hard to read and undertsand even if you have practiced law for many years.One of the good things about DL study is that you can focus on important things for the Bar like memorizing the UCC and some of the key Restatement sections.Being able to regurgitate that stuff on command when appropriate will impress whoever is grading your exam far more than eloquent arguments based on fact not law.
Note none of these are DL school graudates - online and correspondence grads are going to have the toughest time of it.Louis v. Supreme Court of Nevada, 490 F. Supp. 1174 (D. Nev.1980), dealt with a generalized challenge to the Nevada Bar's practice of waiving objections to the non-ABA accredited law schools that men attended and allowing them to take the bar, but refusing to grant similar waivers to women thereby precluding such women from taking the bar.Nordgren v. Hafter, Civil Action No. E84-0130(L), UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF MISSISSIPPI, EASTERN DIVISION, 616 F. Supp. 742; 1985 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 16453, August 27, 1985 Plaintiff has no constitutional right to sit for the Mississippi bar examination without complying with the educational requirements of § 73-3-2 and Rule V. The ABA-accredition requirement is rationally related to the state's legitimate interest in ensuring that each applicant for the bar has a uniform quality legal educationIn the Matter of the Application of Margaret L. MACARTNEY and Roger M. Sherman, to be Admitted as a Member of the State Bar of the State of Arizona163 Ariz. 116; 786 P.2d 967; 1990 Ariz. LEXIS 278; 53 Ariz. Adv. Rep. 7Petitioners graduated from the Nevada School of Law Old College (Old College) in Reno, Nevada, a non-ABA accredited school. The court granted the applicants' motion for reconsideration and granted their petition for waiver of the requirement that they have graduated from an ABA-accredited law school prior to sitting for the Arizona bar examination. The applicants were allowed to take the Arizona bar examination, provided they met all other requirements that applied to applicants in general.In Re Petition of Paul Dolan for Review of the State Board of Law Examiners' Decision and In Re Application of Milton Welsh Schober for Admission to Practice Law in the State of Minnesota, 445 N.W.2d 553; 1989 Minn. LEXIS 224The court granted the application of the first lawyer that the Board of Law Examiners had recommended be admitted. Regarding the second lawyer, the court ordered that his application be remanded to the Board for development of a complete factual record if he wished to pursue the matter further.In re Application of Gail Collins-Bazant for Admission to the Nebraska State Bar on Examination.254 Neb. 614; 578 N.W.2d 38; 1998 Neb. LEXIS 132The court granted the attorney's application for a waiver of the application of rule 5 and permitted the attorney to sit for the Nebraska bar examination.
... Ross Mitchell, is a 2004 graduate of Concord Law School (Concord), a wholly online law school ...
Two instances of successful petitions for DL grads, to me that says chances of anyone else getting past the correspondence school black list are slim and none. Unless you can show me a few more, I'd say petitioning is largely a waste of time and effort. Better to concentrate on doors that are already open.
Quote from: jonlevy on January 23, 2012, 10:28:14 PMTwo instances of successful petitions for DL grads, to me that says chances of anyone else getting past the correspondence school black list are slim and none. Unless you can show me a few more, I'd say petitioning is largely a waste of time and effort. Better to concentrate on doors that are already open.All I can tell you is the guy from Idaho told me the school had nothing to do with his waiver being granted, it was his having passed the CA bar exam, while Mass. focused on the school's accreditation. So, again, one never knows until they try. I haven't done any extensive research to find more - other things to focus on currently - however, some precedent has been set - even small as it is - so I say give it a shot, what do you have to lose.
What one has to lose is a lot of time, hassle and expense.