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Online Law Schools: JD Programs...

Postby newchapter » Fri Jan 11, 2013 7:51 pm

Choosing an online Law School. Very skeptical entering into online instruction. Any suggestions, pros and cons to online institutions? ABA accreditation complexities? Any rankings with the various online JD programs? Any information would be helpful and please feel free to add any further input that might be of use.

Grazie!

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Re: Online Law Schools: JD Programs...

Postby Nova » Fri Jan 11, 2013 8:19 pm

Dont do it

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Re: Online Law Schools: JD Programs...

Postby Br3v » Fri Jan 11, 2013 8:20 pm

Nova wrote:Dont do it

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Postby epiphinous7 » Fri Jan 11, 2013 8:31 pm

Br3v wrote:
Nova wrote:Dont do it

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Postby John_rizzy_rawls » Fri Jan 11, 2013 8:33 pm

epiphinous7 wrote:
Br3v wrote:
Nova wrote:Dont do it

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Postby dowu » Fri Jan 11, 2013 9:21 pm

Nova wrote:Dont do it

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Re: Online Law Schools: JD Programs...

Postby jselson » Fri Jan 11, 2013 9:24 pm

You won't be able to practice law from your home in your PJs, so why "go" to a law school that lets you do it?

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Re: Online Law Schools: JD Programs...

Postby rinkrat19 » Fri Jan 11, 2013 9:28 pm

newchapter wrote:ABA accreditation complexities?
ABA accreditation of online schools is actually very simple: They're not.

newchapter wrote:Any rankings with the various online JD programs?
They're all ranked zero. Or infinity. Whichever's worse.

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Re: Online Law Schools: JD Programs...

Postby dingbat » Fri Jan 11, 2013 9:30 pm

Except for CA, you will not be admitted to the bar. In California, you can be admitted, but you can't get a job.

The only time it makes sense is if you already have a business and having a law degree makes sense (e.g. if you're a financial planner who also wants to be able to create/sell wills)

Theoretically, it makes sense if you want to start your own practice, but in reality that us a really dumb move.

Maybe if your family has a successful law firm and you're guaranteed a job working for mom/dad?

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Re: Online Law Schools: JD Programs...

Postby rinkrat19 » Fri Jan 11, 2013 9:31 pm

More detail on the California bar: If you didn't go to a real law school, you first have to take the "baby bar" exam, which is very hard and most people fail (23% pass rate). Then if you pass that, you have to take the real California bar exam, which is known as one of the hardest in the country.

And then you won't get a job.

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Re: Online Law Schools: JD Programs...

Postby stillwater » Fri Jan 11, 2013 9:36 pm

rinkrat19 wrote:
newchapter wrote:ABA accreditation complexities?
ABA accreditation of online schools is actually very simple: They're not.

newchapter wrote:Any rankings with the various online JD programs?
They're all ranked zero. Or infinity. Whichever's worse.


i laughed at this. but it is true. online schools aren't ranked nor should be ranked. they are a flat out bad choice ... if you have designs on employment.

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Re: Online Law Schools: JD Programs...

Postby Scotchandsoda » Fri Jan 11, 2013 9:46 pm

People are having a hard enough time getting legal jobs from an ACTUAL school. What chance do you think you have with an online degree? -__-

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Re: Online Law Schools: JD Programs...

Postby rouser » Fri Jan 11, 2013 9:55 pm

my cousin's babysitter went to online law school but got median-pwned

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Re: Online Law Schools: JD Programs...

Postby rad lulz » Fri Jan 11, 2013 10:20 pm

Just get top 5% at online school and transfer to Harvard

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Re: Online Law Schools: JD Programs...

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Re: Online Law Schools: JD Programs...

Postby newchapter » Sun Jan 13, 2013 3:25 pm

Wow..... well it seems as though the over all consensus is "Don't do it",,,,,,, lol. Thank you everyone for this input. While I've never been a fan of online instruction, even in college, my reasoning for doing this was financial as well as having to care for a 14 month old. I agree with most of you in your opinions and it doesn't seem as recognized. A friend of mine just finished her JD at Abraham and is sitting the bar exam this year. Therefore, I thought it would be worth looking into.

Any other advice with reading material prior for 0L? Will be moving to Denver, CO sometime this year. Any advice Pro/Con regarding Law Schools there?

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Re: Online Law Schools: JD Programs...

Postby wtrc » Sun Jan 13, 2013 4:04 pm

Re original post, depends on what you want to do. If you aren't guaranteed a job already before law school (best friend has a successful practice, family business, etc.), you are wasting your money and time. Seriously.

If you are guaranteed a job, go ahead with it, but all online programs are probably the same.

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Re: Online Law Schools: JD Programs...

Postby rinkrat19 » Sun Jan 13, 2013 4:09 pm

newchapter wrote:Wow..... well it seems as though the over all consensus is "Don't do it",,,,,,, lol. Thank you everyone for this input. While I've never been a fan of online instruction, even in college, my reasoning for doing this was financial as well as having to care for a 14 month old. I agree with most of you in your opinions and it doesn't seem as recognized. A friend of mine just finished her JD at Abraham and is sitting the bar exam this year. Therefore, I thought it would be worth looking into.

Any other advice with reading material prior for 0L? Will be moving to Denver, CO sometime this year. Any advice Pro/Con regarding Law Schools there?

Hopefully your friend educated herself about the absolutely abysmal bar passage rates of "Abraham Lincoln University."
With passage rates that low, they wouldn't stay ABA-accredited for long even if they were a real school.

There should be plenty of info about the Colorado schools...try the search forum or post specific questions in the proper forums.

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Re: Online Law Schools: JD Programs...

Postby newchapter » Sun Jan 13, 2013 4:14 pm

Thank you....

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Re: Online Law Schools: JD Programs...

Postby timbs4339 » Sun Jan 13, 2013 5:26 pm

I'm curious, what do you envision yourself doing with your law degree? How would you feel if you graduated and couldn't find a job practicing law?

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Re: Online Law Schools: JD Programs...

Postby RhymesLikeDimes » Sun Jan 13, 2013 6:45 pm

As the bar passage rates should tell you, this is not an instance of "same education, just without the pricetag of a name-brand." The instruction sucks, your classmates are going to be dunderheads, and there is likely no alumni network in place.

University of Denver isn't very good, but UC-Boulder is a good school, especially if you want to work in CO. And I believe it's only ~35 minutes from Denver.
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Re: Online Law Schools: JD Programs...

Postby newchapter » Sun Jan 13, 2013 6:46 pm

Point taken...

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Re: Online Law Schools: JD Programs...

Postby justonemoregame » Sun Jan 13, 2013 6:57 pm

Why does ALU even publish those numbers on its website? Is it the mighty regulatory powers of the DETC?

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Re: Online Law Schools: JD Programs...

Postby haus » Sun Jan 13, 2013 7:03 pm

At some point a JD program offered partially, or maybe even entirely, online will be a viable option, but it is unlikely that this time will be anytime soon.



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