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I definitely think that more online classes should be offered for 2Ls/3Ls. Not the core stuff, but classes like Juvenile Law, or Death Penalty, or Water Law, etc.

At least at my school, those electives were usually taught by adjuncts, were small, and didn't rely so heavily on Socratic method. I think a class like that could easily be done online.

Mixed feelings.

On the one hand, I think why not. The world is changing, technology is improving, why not allow it?

On the other hand, I've taken a couple of online classes (from a totally reputable source), and to me the quality of experience suffered. It's difficult to replicate the experience of being in a classroom, and especially the experience of law school classes. Having to stand up in front of a room full people, making arguments on the fly, learning to control your nerves...these are all important lessons that can't really be experienced online.

Does that mean that online is automatically bad? No, but I think we have to accept that it's different and (at least in some ways) lacking.

Your Honor Society idea is interesting, although I'm not sure if the market exists. The target audience for online, I think, are the 130 LSAT crowd you mentioned and working adults. Anyone with a 170 is likely to want a traditional, prestigious law degree.   

Law School Admissions / Re: I would need some advice
« on: October 13, 2016, 09:02:52 AM »
1. They will look primarily at your cumulative GPA. People on law school discussion boards obsess over minutia such as grade trends, difficulty of classes, etc, but law schools don't. They want to report high GPAs to USNWR, so they look at your cumulative GPA.

2. You can go ahead and explain it if you like, but again, they won't really care.

3. Extracurriculars are of minimal importance (if anything). They won't matter either way unless you have something really, truly impressive on your resume. If you spent a couple of years in the Peace Corps, worked as a teacher in the inner city, spent a few years as the director of  non-profit, etc, then yes, it will help. The fact that you joined the Biology Club or participated in a bake sale will not really matter. Not trying to belittle your activities or accomplishments, just trying to be honest.

Lastly, until you have an LSAT score none of this matters. Your GPA and LSAT are BY FAR the most important factors. They will effectively determine where you go to law school. These other factors are small potatoes that might accentuate an application, but cannot make up for a GPA/LSAT deficiency. Focus on getting the highest LSAT score possible. 

Politics and Law-Related News / Re: POTUS
« on: October 11, 2016, 10:50:06 AM »
Lemme guess, is Trump "Poised to win California"?

Politics and Law-Related News / Re: POTUS
« on: September 08, 2016, 04:59:47 PM »
I wonder how many other sites she does this on?

It's sad.

Politics and Law-Related News / Re: POTUS
« on: September 07, 2016, 07:46:21 PM »
Can't deny it, Julie. That's pretty funny.

Politics and Law-Related News / Re: POTUS
« on: August 24, 2016, 12:38:46 PM »
Thank you, Julie.

Politics and Law-Related News / Re: POTUS
« on: August 23, 2016, 10:46:53 AM »
Julie still low information voter.

Online Law Schools / Re: Anybody thinking about Taft?
« on: August 21, 2016, 10:00:43 AM »
Unless that PhD is from a well respected school, and you have an impressive publishing record plus experience plus connections, you won't end up teaching at State. Maybe as an adjunct for one or two classes, but that's about it.

Academic jobs, even at no name State U's, are insanely competitive right now. The majority of PhDs will not get an academic job.

3.56/170 are excellent numbers, and you will easily get into many law schools, and with scholarships.

Harvard is probably out, as are Yale and Stanford. Go ahead and apply, but you would probably need a higher GPA and LSAT for all three.

Other T14s like Columbia and Chicago are a maybe, and you best bet would be places like Northwestern.

As always, think about where you want to live and what you want to do, not just school rankings.

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