Forced to retake 1L classes

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TheFriendlyBarber
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Re: Forced to retake 1L classes

Postby TheFriendlyBarber » Wed Oct 05, 2011 12:41 am

Abort

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PDaddy
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Re: Forced to retake 1L classes

Postby PDaddy » Wed Oct 05, 2011 1:07 am

If your debt level is too high, and you cannot afford it, drop out. That having been said, you can still move to NY and paralegal for five years, then study the bar subjects under an attorney and take the bar. You're likely going to hang a single-shingle, unless you can find three or four energetic friends who want to start a law firm.

California:
"Applicants who obtain legal education by . . . law office study must have four years of law study and take an examination after their firstyear. Applicants who pass the examination within three consecutive administrations of first becoming eligible to take it will receive credit for all law study completed to the date of the examination passed."

Maine:
"Applicants may have . . . completed 2/3 of graduationrequirements from an ABA-accredited law school and within 12 months after successful completion pursued the study of law in the law office of an attorney in active practice of law in Maine on a full-time basis for at least one year . . . ."

New York:
"Law office study permitted after successful completion of one year at an ABA-approved law school."(See also)


Vermont:
"Four-year law office study program; must have completed three-fourths of work accepted for a bachelor's degree in a college approved by the Court before commencing the study of law"

Wyoming:
"Law office study permitted as a structured course comparable to 2 years at an ABA-approved law school Prior approval of independent study required."

No special requirements are needed to become an attorney without law school in Virginia or Washington as far as I could determine.

Average grades during your first year surely doesn't mean you cannot or should not be a lawyer, and it doesn't mean you won't be a successful lawyer. Dropping out can actually put you ahead of the game by giving you an opportunity to reassess your life goals and go another direction, or take an alternative route to the goal you already set.

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Richie Tenenbaum
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Re: Forced to retake 1L classes

Postby Richie Tenenbaum » Wed Oct 05, 2011 1:27 am

PDaddy wrote:New York:
"Law office study permitted after successful completion of one year at an ABA-approved law school."(See also)



The problem with this: It doesn't appear someone who has not met the requirements for completing their 1L year has "successfully completed" a year of law school.




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