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Chiropractors ARE doctors  ::) ::) ::)

So are witch doctors. 

In MPRE prep the Prof talks about how ethics boards use the "what would fool an idiot" standard. As such saying your firm only hires "Jurious Doctors" (even with the Juris in front of it) would be an ethics violation in most states,

No it wouldn't, provided that you only hired JDs.  That would mean, of course, that your receptionist was a JD.  So would the guy who cleans the offices after hours. 

Additional question.  I am teaching a college political science class this fall.  How douchey, on a scale of one to ten, would it be to ask them to call me Doctor?

In a college?  Not douchey at all.  A zero.

Anywhere else?  A 10+

In my view, I would say that yes attorneys can, but they generally don't because the law profession has its own terminal degree.

yes, the juris doctor.  it is a terminal degree. 

Just my personal opinion, but:

1.  If you plan on working for yourself, than any degree that lets you practice law is good enough.  Your success or failure will depend largely on other factors.
2.  If you plan on getting a job in the worst hiring climate in 80 years, and you're planning on going to a school that is clearly, in bold letters, all caps, for all to see, inferior to the roughly 200 schools that are having exceptional difficulty placing their grads, you have a terrible, terrible plan.

If you had a kid, would you advise them to take all their eggs, put them in one basket, and try to become a professional baseball player?  How about a rapper?

Strange how people can recognize guidance like that for what it is:  exceedingly foolish advice.  Yet, those same people, when it comes to trying to build a career on a foundation that is, at best, shaky, are all "oh, follow your dreams.  it can be done.  You can do it if you want it bad enough."

Do a quick google search on what ABA grads are facing at graduation.  Then, take their troubles and magnify them by at least a factor of 10 or 20. 

sorry to be such a wet blanket.  Again, if your plan is to into practice for yourself, these schools are probably fine.  If you want a job, though, this is a singularly stupid plan.

Many T1 out of state law schools had pass rates which were significantly lower than CA T4s. I understand that bar pass rates are not the only metric to consider when evaluating schools, but I also think it speaks to the absurdity of the rankings scheme.

If you look, it's very common for T4s to have very good bar passage rates.  It's also not uncommon for them to have better bar passage rates than schools that are superior, academically.

I couldn't tell you why, exactly.  maybe the tougher schools spend more time on more theoretical material.  maybe a lot of them have folks who go on to jobs in policy or other areas that don't require bar passage. 

as a person who attends a T4 with an impressive bar passage rate, I can tell you that from the first exam you take as a 1L, the entire exam process is designed to mirror the bar exam as closely as possible.  So, I think the T4s to a large degree, are more focused on bar passage.

It's not just california.  It's everywhere. 

. Keeping in mind that CA has the toughest bar exam in the nation...

Why?  Because so many people fail?  You don't think the fact that so many people fail has something to do with the fact that virtually every other state requires ABA accreditation?

Seems like the bar passage rates for most of the schools in CA is 80% or higher. 

This red herring that California has the hardest bar exam simply because so many people fail it doesn't really bear scrutiny.

The reality is that California lets a whole lot of people sit for the bar exam who are grossly unqualified in most other states.

A few of them pass, and that's great.  But let's not delude ourselves into thinking that so many fail because the bar exam is so much harder.  It's far more likely that so many fail because they shouldn't be sitting for the bar exam in the first place and in most other states, they wouldn't be allowed to.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: T Minus 4 Weeks
« on: July 17, 2012, 05:05:58 AM »
I've completed a substantial load of 0L prep - read all the E and E's for my 1st semester courses, the Acing Series, Flash Cards, Practice Exam Hypos LEEWS, Law Preview, Delaney, etc. Most would say doing this is a bad idea, others will say it'll be helpful.  Either way, doing this before law school even starts has helped me to learn more about myself.
Anyone else doing 0L before law school starts in August?

Anybody who says this isn't helpful is really off the mark.  You'll find that pretty much every class you completed the E&E for, you'll know 80-90% of the material on day one.  Good work.

Law School Admissions / Re: Need some advice please
« on: July 16, 2012, 09:13:29 PM »
I'm 21 years old and I have been in the military for about four years now. I have one year left and I have always wanted to go to law school but I'm pretty much lost on everything. Ive submitted two
 applications. One to eastern Michigan university and one to university of Michigan. I know I need to take the LSAT, but beyond that my so called educational counselor has been useless. A few questions I have are how much does the post 9/11 gi bill cover of law school? If I have a terrible gpa from high school how do I get that to look better and what are some if the best ways that everyone has found to study for the LSAT.

I have a stupid question for you, but do you have your bachelor's degree yet?

Eastern Michigan does not have a law school, though Wayne State does.  Sounds like you want to go in SE Michigan, in which case, I'll shill for University of Toledo which gives in-state tuition to people from certain Michigan counties.  (So does Cleveland State.)

My understanding is that post 9/11 GI bill pays a maximum of the highest in-state tuition rate for your state of enlistment for UNDERGRADUATE education.  You can apply it to graduate education, but I believe they limit how much they pay.  However, you also get the living stipend, etc.  So, it may still cover the entire cost of attendance.  I would speak to the VA folks at the college you'll be going to.

Best of luck, but in the US, law school is a graduate school (with a lot of exceptions, but not very many attractive or practical ones) that requires you to complete a bachelor's before enrollment.

Ever attended a California Community College? Trust me, it is not Harvard and the grads are not going to be successful in law school, online or otherwise. 

Hahaha!  Well, actually, I did attend a california community college when I was a kid.  ;)

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