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Anybody thinking about Taft?

Anybody thinking about Taft?
« on: August 13, 2016, 12:02:10 AM »
Anyone considering Taft?  I was looking at American International School of Law. Their website seems outdated but I talked to the CEO and they still seem to be in business and have an active account with the CA Secretary of State.  It's tuition is cheap. 

I am not interested in being a lawyer but I have always wanted to study law. I'm an older person (50) so there is no big career if I finish studying at an online school. I do not live in CA but I am from there and may move back next summer once my daughter goes off to college n

Re: Anybody thinking about Taft?
« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2016, 10:43:10 PM »
Anyone considering Taft?  I was looking at American International School of Law. Their website seems outdated but I talked to the CEO and they still seem to be in business and have an active account with the CA Secretary of State.  It's tuition is cheap. 

I am not interested in being a lawyer but I have always wanted to study law. I'm an older person (50) so there is no big career if I finish studying at an online school. I do not live in CA but I am from there and may move back next summer once my daughter goes off to college n
I'd use Concord/Kaplan
They are the ONLY online one that is REGIONALLY Accredited.
That means a few things- 1. You can get better finaid options
2. Better employer recognition

Re: Anybody thinking about Taft?
« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2016, 08:18:33 AM »
Anyone considering Taft? ... I am not interested in being a lawyer but I have always wanted to study law. I

Over 20 years plus Taft has a good track record of graduates actually passing the state bar.  However since you say you do not want to be an attorney, might I suggest an accredited Masters in Legal Studies from Kaplan or other regionally accredited online provider.  It will be quicker and cheaper. If you still want a JD, then Concord is a good one because it is the only one regionally accredited and has more bells and whistles for its students.  Regionally accredited means that degree is accepted as a real graduate degree by other universities while the other law school's programs may or may not be.

Re: Anybody thinking about Taft?
« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2016, 11:24:02 AM »
Anyone considering Taft? ... I am not interested in being a lawyer but I have always wanted to study law. I

Over 20 years plus Taft has a good track record of graduates actually passing the state bar.  However since you say you do not want to be an attorney, might I suggest an accredited Masters in Legal Studies from Kaplan or other regionally accredited online provider.  It will be quicker and cheaper. If you still want a JD, then Concord is a good one because it is the only one regionally accredited and has more bells and whistles for its students.  Regionally accredited means that degree is accepted as a real graduate degree by other universities while the other law school's programs may or may not be.
Masters are a good option, but people like that "JD" title. Good point about it not needing to be bar acceptable though.........Consider this (if you are 100% sure you NEVER want the bar exam, but still want a recognized degree)

http://www.concordlawschool.edu/Executive_Juris_Doctor.aspx
-It is a few credits shorter than the main JD and exempt from the first year bar exam (which is pointless if you have no desire to sit the main bar exam later on)
and then if you wanted to go beyond that
http://smallbusinessllm.com/

Re: Anybody thinking about Taft?
« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2016, 11:26:16 AM »
The 2nd link was meant to be for their LLM (which they appear to no longer offer)

Re: Anybody thinking about Taft?
« Reply #5 on: August 14, 2016, 08:00:13 PM »
I'd choose the MLS over the Executive JD.  Non bar JDs have a long history of being dodgy even though the Concord one is not.  Nothing gets a lawyer more riled up then some non lawyer holding himself out as John Smith JD.  Don't know why that it is but John Smith LLM or John Smith LLB do not have the same negative effect.

Re: Anybody thinking about Taft?
« Reply #6 on: August 14, 2016, 09:42:12 PM »
I'd choose the MLS over the Executive JD.  Non bar JDs have a long history of being dodgy even though the Concord one is not.  Nothing gets a lawyer more riled up then some non lawyer holding himself out as John Smith JD.  Don't know why that it is but John Smith LLM or John Smith LLB do not have the same negative effect.
Depends on if you want to work for a lawyer or not, if not, screw what they feel.think
I know a CPA with an EJD, he would just laugh at a redfaced lawyer

Re: Anybody thinking about Taft?
« Reply #7 on: August 14, 2016, 09:42:58 PM »
There are online doctorates (other than JD) in law too though I believe. Those may be worth exploring as well.

Re: Anybody thinking about Taft?
« Reply #8 on: August 15, 2016, 08:32:30 AM »
I'd choose the MLS over the Executive JD.  Non bar JDs have a long history of being dodgy even though the Concord one is not.  Nothing gets a lawyer more riled up then some non lawyer holding himself out as John Smith JD.  Don't know why that it is but John Smith LLM or John Smith LLB do not have the same negative effect.
Depends on if you want to work for a lawyer or not, if not, screw what they feel.think
I know a CPA with an EJD, he would just laugh at a redfaced lawyer

There is actually a reason - there are instances where holders of dubious JDs from diploma mills like Novus and the old LaSalle (not California registered distance learning law schools), disbarred attorneys, and bar exam failures have tried to dupe the public by calling themselves JDs which while technically correct does not entitle them to practice law.

Re: Anybody thinking about Taft?
« Reply #9 on: August 15, 2016, 09:05:42 AM »
OP:

If you just want to earn about the law for purposes of self enrichment and really have no plans to take the bar, I'd look for online or correspondence schools with an established track record (like Taft) and pick the cheapest one.

Master's programs in law are OK, but you'd probably learn more basic law in a JD program.

Personally, I would not spend the extra money to go to Concord. Regional accreditation is meaningless in law. The only accreditation that matters is ABA or CBE (or other state bar accreditation). If you're not using the degree to get a job, who cares? Go for the cheapest option.