Big news!! In researching a new law school I discovered some interesting information. The following paragraph was taken from the catalog of something called National Law School which was recently approved by the state bar of California as a correspondence school. What can I do with my degree? Upon successful completion of our program, student's will immediately become eligible to take the California Bar Examination.After successful registration and acceptance in the California State Bar, students can take the Wisconsin Bar Examination. Students wanting to sit for the DC bar, would complete our program and 26 semester hours in specific classes to qualify.After practicing in California for 3 years, you could take the Texas and Maine bar After 4 years, New Mexico. After 5 years, New York, Arizona, and Colorado would allow you to take their bar exam. Finally after 10 years, Nevada would allow you to take their bar exam. Your degree and being a member of the California State Bar will allow you to be corporate counsel for any company in any state. You can file a motion in any state court to represent someone or an entity on a case by case basis. You will be able to practice law in federal courts, which are located in all states. The US Supreme Court would entertain your argument. FOLLOWING ARE E-MAILS BETWEEN THE PRESIDENT OF NATIONAL AND MYSELF (MINE ARE IN CAPTIAL LETTERS): SENT TO DOUG MARCUS, PRESIDENT OF NATIONAL LAW SCHOOL: MONDAY, JULY 03, 2006 2:06 PM SUBJECT: PRACTICE IN OTHER STATES A COUPLE OF MONTHS AGO I CONTACTED THE BARS OF NEVADA AND TEXAS AND WAS TOLD THAT GRADUATES OF CORRESPONDENCE SCHOOLS WOULD NEVER BE ABLE TO PRACTICE IN THOSE STATES. THEY SAID NEVER, REGARDLESS OF AN ABA LLM OR ANY AMOUNT OF EXPERIENCE. ARE YOU SURE OF THE INFORMATION ON YOUR WEBSITE. IF YOU CAN TELL ME WHO IN THE TEXAS BAR TOLD YOU THIS INFORMATION THIS WOULD BE BIG NEWS. RANDY From Doug Marcus – National Law School To Randy Miller Monday, 3, July 2006 That is true Randy, correspondence law schools is mentioned in the regulations. National Law School maintains it is a Non-ABA-Approved Law School, as listed with the Law School Admssion Council. Correspondence in the literal term is the exchange via letters or using the post in some way to communicate. The ABA allows for 12 credit hours to be earned via online courses. Would this mean any students who went to an ABA law school and took even one "online course" would be considered to have gone to a "correspondence" law school. The way they have written it, National Law School maintains you could qualify to take the Texas Bar Exam. At some point the justces will decide this matter, but legally you would have a very strong chance to take the exam.See this link http://www.ble.state.tx.us/Rules/rulebook.pdf Take a look at the very end of Page 13, Rule XIII, Attorneys From Other Jurisdictions. I urge you to look up the ABA minimum requirements, I have looked them over many times, they do allow for some online courses. Lastly, National Law School does plan to put together a combined in class and online course, and seek approval from the ABA. If you would like to speak further, please let us know. Doug Marcus National Law School FROM: "RANDY MILLER" TO: "DOUG MARCUS" SENT: MONDAY, JULY 03, 2006 4:08 PM SUBJECT: RE: PRACTICE IN OTHER STATES THE DEAN AT CONCORD, WHO FORMERLY HEADED THE ABA ACCREDITATION SECTION, HAS BEEN TRYING TO GET CONCORD GRADUATES QUALIFIED IN TEXAS AND OTHER STATES FOR YEARS? YOU BELIEVE THAT YOU CAN SUCCEED WHERE HE FAILED? IN TEXAS, AS IT WAS EXPLAINED TO ME, GRADUATION WITH A JD FROM AN ABA SCHOOL QUALIFIES FOR THE BAR EXAMINATION. THEY DON'T LOOK TO WHAT COURSES WERE TAKEN TO EARN THE DEGREE. WHAT IS YOUR UNDERSTANDING OF THE NEVADA RULES? THANK YOU. RANDY Doug Marcus wrote: I feel it is going to come down to a court battle in Texas. The way I see it, ABA law schools are permitted to have students take 12 credit hours(12/90 normally) using totally online courses. Again, I urge you to read the ABA minimum standards. ABA actually allows all sorts of creative ways to earn law school credit and count time towards the minumum preparation and seating time required. National Law School does not consider itself a correspondence law school asdefined by Texas statute. If a student were to start our program now, they would enter California 4 years from now, practice there for 3 years, then apply to take the Texas Bar Exam. You would need to find students who had been allowed to take the Texas Bar Exam, and had taken some sort of "correspondence" course at an ABA approved law school. In Calfornia, Correspondence schools originally meant a sole professor more or less would send you tests via the mail and give you reading assignments and briefly monitor what u do. It was more or less self study. That is not the case with National Law School. and the State Bar of Texas should not consider National Law School nor Concord a correspondence law school. It is just going to take a student to actually apply, perhaps be denied, and let the courts fight it out. As I said, I think u have a good chance to do it. The way they have worded their statue is vague and unclear and ultimately unconstitutional. I'll get back to you on the Nevada situation. Concord is trying to do near anything right now to differentiate itself from the crowd so to speak. If that is accreditation in California, so students do not have to take the first year exam and could complete the program in 3 years. It will take another 5 years for Concord to make any real progress in this area, I feel our internal strategy is better. Stay in touch, Doug Marcus National Law School >> In later e-mails Mr. Marcus refused to say if the was an attorney or law school graduate or even if Doug Marcus was his real name (since nothing showed up in a Google search) I did notice that they recently changed the website so maybe I accomplished something.