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Online Law Schools / Re: Concord Law School
« on: November 25, 2006, 02:57:50 AM »
  I have yet to meet anyone in private practice or working for the gov't, state, local law who went through DL. 

A buddy of mine told me a musician in the band "Country Joe and the Fish" did DL, or correspondence as it was called back then, and was now working as a public defender. 

Thinking he was full of BS, I researched it and lo and behold here is the story:

Barry Melton is THE public defender in Yolo county California.

and here is a quote from an interview with him from

"MELTON: In California, there are three ways to become a lawyer--go to school, study with a lawyer or study by so-called "distance learning." In my day, "distance learning" meant correspondence study; however, more recently, the term has come to be associated with study over the Internet. I truly don't believe that one method is any harder than the others, as in the end all law students must pass a three-day examination to be admitted to practice. In music, self-directed study is called "woodshedding" and studying law is no more or less difficult than that. And there are well over 100,000 lawyers in California, so whatever it is that it takes to become a lawyer is well within the reach of most people."

Online Law Schools / Re: How does This Work?
« on: March 10, 2006, 04:52:32 PM »
Doesn't look like he got the job because of his online law degree.

And Bill Clinton didn't get his job as President because of his Yale law degree. It was a combination of factors, but the I'm sure the degree helped.

If I were 22 and just out of undergraduate school, I wouldn't consider an online law degree.  I would go to the best ABA accredited school I could get into. 

If I were doing a DL law degree and interested in joining a big law firm, I would go to several firms beforehand and ask them if they would hire someone with an online degree.  If the answers were "Not only no, but H$%# no," I would forget the whole thing. 

Online Law Schools / Re: How does This Work?
« on: March 08, 2006, 04:43:58 PM »
Or head of a federal agency such as the Office of Thrift Supervision

"Mr. Gilleran graduated from Pace University in 1955, received a law degree from Northwestern California University in 1996 and is a member of the California Bar Association."

Online Law Schools / Re: My Savior Duckasouras
« on: February 27, 2006, 03:33:10 AM »
For me, too, DL is the only way to go.  I am 54, retired (early) and have an interest in the law.  I do think if I get the virtual JD, pass the CA bar and the US patent office exam, I could do some patent law to supplement my income as my background is in engineering.  However, I am really doing DL JD because I am interested in the law.  I have always been fascinated and in awe of the US legal system.


Online Law Schools / Re: My Savior Duckasouras
« on: February 11, 2006, 02:18:36 AM »
I have to agree with 737.  There is nothing wrong with an online JD. Not all of us can attend an brick and mortar school.

Regarding the employability of someone with an online or other non traditional legal education, there is one well known man who did quite well going the non traditional route:  Abraham Lincoln.  He studied on his own.

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