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Online Law Schools / Re: ABA online law schools
« on: June 08, 2014, 12:39:11 PM »
This is not a real online JD program.  It is for law school students who are already enrolled in a brick and mortar law school elsewhere.  The ad clearly states that the program is for second and third year students. 

Online Law Schools / Re: Mid-Atlantic School of Law
« on: July 28, 2013, 12:37:21 PM »
At least Mid-Atlantic is transparent regarding its method of instruction.  While I was at Mercer, I sat in the back of most of my classes.  And, you know what I saw?  That at least half of the class.  No, three quarters of the students had the canned court opinion briefs in front of them.  I felt like an idiot being pretty much one of the only students who read the court opinions and briefed them on her own.  So, while the case books are part of the curriculum, how many students actually read them?  So, it is not the form of education that matters.  Substance is what matters.    I still place Mid Atlantic among all the online law schools with a California address.  Mid Atlantic just happens to be cheaper.  And, all Mid Atlantic has to do is incorporate in California and it will be on the state approved list.

Online Law Schools / Re: Mid-Atlantic School of Law
« on: July 25, 2013, 08:01:19 AM »
You will have to have an almost encyclopedic knowledge of the law simply because Mid Atlantic is not an ABA approved school.  But, you can achieve your goal.  It is your knowledge of the law that will make you a lawyer; not the name of the school you graduated from.

Online Law Schools / Re: Current ABA Response to Distance Education
« on: July 24, 2013, 08:54:51 PM »
Other graduate school programs are vigorous. None of them are a joke.   The problem with law school (that I know now) is that the student is actually learning a new language and a different way of thinking.  Other graduate school programs build on knowledge that the student has already acquired in his/her undergraduate years.  There is no bachelors' degree program with a major in law.  The student would have had to attend the pre-law seminars that (are now) readily available to introduce him/her to how to think like a lawyer.

That scholarship was specifically to attend the Walter F. George (Mercer) University School of Law.  I was accepted to a law school a few years ago.  But, I had given up on law and attended other schools after I left Macon, GA.  So, by the time I mustered up the courage to try law school again, I had already "worn out my welcome" with the federal loan program.  I reached the maximum amount I was able to borrow to attend any school again. 

Online Law Schools / Re: Mid-Atlantic School of Law
« on: July 24, 2013, 08:45:29 PM »
Nothing is impossible.   In California, students can sit for the FYLSE and, ultimately, the California bar simply by studying the law in a judge's or attorney's office.  A superbroke (like me), but really motivated student can enroll in Mid-Atlantic, read, and brief, at least 25 cases of the court opinions cited in each Gilbert's volume, do an internship or write a book synthesizing a legal issue and petition the California Supreme Court to show it what the student can do.  There are many court opinions written by the courts of several state supreme courts discussing the very issue of the petitioner seeking to take that state's bar exam because the student had not attended an accredited law school.  Read the case law. 

The petitioner will have a pretty tough burden of proof because Mid-Atlantic is not accredited.  But, the petitioner will have meticulous notes demonstrating that he/she has acquired the necessary knowledge.  And, his/her very petition and oral argument before the court will hint at actual proof that he/she has what it takes to be an attorney.

Online Law Schools / Re: Current ABA Response to Distance Education
« on: July 19, 2013, 09:27:00 PM »
I was at Mercer University School of Law for a year.  All of my professors were attorneys.  I was there for only a year because I signed an agreement to maintain an A average in order to keep a full scholarship.  If only I had known that maintaining an A average in social work school is not the same as maintaining an A average in law school.  (I have an MSW.)

Online Law Schools / Re: Current ABA Response to Distance Education
« on: July 16, 2013, 08:57:20 PM »
Law school professors have to be licensed attorneys.  This means they have to have passed a bar exam.

Online Law Schools / Re: Mid-Atlantic School of Law
« on: July 10, 2013, 01:15:16 AM »
I never said that is a law school.  The other person wanted to know which paralegal course I took.  My answer was the legal assistant course at

Online Law Schools / Re: Current ABA Response to Distance Education
« on: July 06, 2013, 09:17:57 AM »
You may have a point.  For the short time that I could afford Mid Atlantic, I would reach out to other students to form our own Socratic method club:  take turns briefing some of the cases that were cited in the Gilberts outlines.  Not one Mid Atlantic student wanted to take turns briefing cases.  They just wanted to read the Gilberts outlines and move on to the next module.

Online Law Schools / Re: Mid-Atlantic School of Law
« on: July 04, 2013, 07:32:50 AM »  it is DETC accredited.  It is directed at an audience with zero knowledge of the law.  Completing it renders the graduate eligible to take NALA's Certified Paralegal exam.

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