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Current Law Students / Re: Help Me With Character/Fitness Issues
« on: April 07, 2012, 11:49:13 AM »
If you send in 10.00 a month while you are in law school, the 400 debt will be paid by the time you graduate. 
But, the debt is not a serious problem.  You tend to confront authority figures.  And, while questioning authority and testing the rules is a lawyer-like trait, you will need to control  yourself in class, or you won't even get to the character/fitness phase. 

Go ahead and apply.  There are practicing attorneys out there with felony convictions.  Some have been  in jail for being in contempt.  One guy attending law school here in Tampa has a child for whom he pays child support, but has no interest in seeing.  Not all law students or graduates are angels. 

You can get all that childhood stuff sealed/expunged.  You can be your first case.

Online Law Schools / Re: Legal Consultant Exam
« on: April 05, 2012, 07:48:03 PM »
Trial strategy and legal memoranda are normally directed at attorneys.

A legal consultant who seeks out lay people will not even be working very long.  Consumers want to know what you can do for them.  If you cannot represent them before a judge,  they will find out.  Legal work is results oriented.  If you cannot provide results, making a living will be difficult.  Now, intentional misrepresentation is a different matter.  Calling yourself an attorney when you are not licensed is not what I am talking about here. 

Assisting someone with his Chapter 7/13 petition is legal consultation.  Appearing with someone before an IRS agent, as an enrolled agent, is legal consultation.  Think outside the box, while following all the rules.

Online Law Schools / Re: Legal Consultant Exam
« on: April 04, 2012, 04:25:15 PM »
It might be viable.  A legal consultant could mean anything from being a trial strategist to being someone who puts legal analysis memoranda together.

Online Law Schools / Re: Legal Consultant Exam
« on: April 04, 2012, 12:43:34 AM »
There is no such thing as a legal consultant exam.  This is because the practice of law is regulated on a state by state level.  What you can do is create a corporation and compose the articles of incorporation,  giving your company the power to be a legal consultant.  If your state allows it, you can name yourself the president, CEO, secretary, and registered agent.  I did that for my company Passaro Reid Financial Services Group, here in Florida. 

Then, market yourself to attorneys only or to federal agency clients. 

You  have to be very, very good at what you do.  "The world" will be evaluating your every move.  Or,  take the CLA exam and be a paralegal.   The best exams available are either the latter or any state bar exam.

Online Law Schools / Re: Specialization Exams
« on: March 12, 2012, 08:33:52 PM »
Student loans have been around.  It is just that they were very limited for law school.

How so? When did that change? (excuse my youthful ignornace)

I don't know exactly when loans for law school changed.  I just know that when I went to the financial aide officer at Mercer, in 1988, to replace the full scholarship I lost for getting only one A, I was told federal loans were not available.  Now, I notice, that loans for law school are available  in abundance.

Online Law Schools / Re: Specialization Exams
« on: March 09, 2012, 01:43:42 PM »
Student loans have been around.  It is just that they were very limited for law school.

Online Law Schools / Re: Specialization Exams
« on: March 08, 2012, 02:49:11 PM »
My position was eliminated while I was in the Air Force Reserves.  Federal loans just weren't available for law school in 1988 and now that they are available, I accumulated too much in loans from Devry.

Online Law Schools / Re: Specialization Exams
« on: March 07, 2012, 04:07:24 PM »
I seem to have terrible financial karma:  I had to leave Mercer Law School in 1988 when I did not maintain the required A average to keep a full scholarship, because I did not have enough money to pay on my own.  I did not have enough money to fly to California to retake the FYLSE in 2009.  I was accepted to a law school in 2010, but I could not come up with the money to move to Tennessee.  I could not enroll in Concord's EJD program in 2011 because the financial aide officer there determined that I only have $8000 in federal loans available to me. I could not afford to come up with Mid Atlantic's $100.00 per module JD program because I received an untimely cut in pay.  So, I had to discontinue studying with that school.  The University of Leiden has just start charging fees to enroll in its external LLD program.

The Blackstone paralegal program is one of the least expensive online programs that made me eligible to sit for the CLA exam.  I paid 59.00 down and 59.00 a month.    However, I have found that I have had to put in many, many more study hours beyond what the school offers so that I can pass the CLA exam the first time.  I have been studying for that test for 18 months now.  I think I will be ready to take the exam in September of this year.

I was successful with the VITA exams because the online training was free.

I do have a degree in accounting from Devry University; another one in languages from Hunter College; and a masters degree in social work from NYU.  I left the Air Force as a captain.

Online Law Schools / Re: Limited Practice Officer
« on: March 07, 2012, 01:34:28 AM »
It does sound lucrative.  But, with the American real estate industry so depressed, how much work would actually be available?

Online Law Schools / Re: Specialization Exams
« on: March 07, 2012, 01:19:10 AM »
Hi Sollicitus:

Yes.  I am networking, by volunteering.  After I pass the CLA exam, I will apply to the IRS, SEC, and SSA.  I was in the Air Force and intend to sell the military time I spent and retire with a government pension.

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