I am a new contributor and have been reading posts here now for several years and am always been interested helping those seeking legal education and hopefully steering some away from the bad distance learning law schools and towards the "few" actually good ones. I have a Juris Doctor from a distance learning law school that has been around well over 20 years in California and a LL.M degree, (Master of Laws) from an ABA approved and regionally accredited law school which is part of a larger University. Just my 2 cents for those considering distance learning law schools in California. Due to recent events in those "law schools" that are in reality one man operations or that really dont have a real staff; it is important to remind potential students to stay away from those law schools that havent been in business for a long period of time or that dont have a regular consistent record of bar passage. Saratoga comes to mind........and the BPPVE is in the process of shutting it down within 60 days or so. While the law school I graduated from with my J.D. degree is not DETC accredited, it has been around a long long time and is very reputable and I consider myself fortunate to have an LL.M degree from an ABA and regionally accredited law school. My personal suggeston is potential students if at all possible attend a DETC accreditated law school to better bolster their chances to get into LL.M degree programs elsewhere in California such as University of San Francisco and Golden Gate University both of whom informed me when I was looking for a school for my LL.M that an unaccredited J.D. is acceptable for admission providing the student has at least a B average. Further in California it doesnt matter where you get your J.D. if you have an advanced law degree such as the LL.M and am admitted to the bar. Other attorneys always respect those that have continued on their legal education as an LL.M in Intellectual Property or Taxation or some of the other areas since they know that such advanced study and graduation from the program is not an easy thing to achieve. Frankly, in my many dealing with attorneys who have their J.D. from ABA law schools; many times I wonder how they get in and how they got out, since my experience with attorneys from residential and distance learning law schools show smarter and better prepared attorneys. Not a scientific study mind you, but it is the tenacity of the student and the amount of work the performed in law school that makes the better attorney.