FIRST Fully Online (ABA Accredited) Law Degree

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by sideman, May 5, 2022.

  1. nosborne48

    nosborne48 Well-Known Member

    The reason they don't give a hoot, as I found out for myself, is that the people doing the teaching aren't the same as the people setting and grading the examinations. Not only do these two groups not agree on the "right" answers, they don't necessarily agree on the scope of the course.

    SF is reminding me to be perhaps a bit more precise in my answer. I sought an LL.M from the University of London. I took a double subject and sat the exam once.

    I was allowed a second attempt but I didn’t think it worthwhile. I had already had to purchase a dozen expensive books and I just couldn't work up enthusiasm for another solid year of study. So there's that.

    My score was 47 and passing was 50. Had I taken a single subject, I could have taken a "condoned pass" meaning I could still complete the program so long as I didn't need a second condoned pass. This option was not available for a double subject. That's not as unreasonable as it might sound; my double subject comprised half of the total work for the degree.

    Finally, for the LL.B, the passing score on the same double subject would have been 40.
  2. nosborne48

    nosborne48 Well-Known Member

    After all this, I decided to earn an LL.M. in Tax from Taft. Better program resulting in a more useful degree for an American lawyer. Cost less too.
  3. jonlevy

    jonlevy Active Member

    No but I took and passed the QLTT and became a solicitor first in England and then Ireland and the BVI. So the reverse should be true assuming the UK law grad is not hidebound like most lawyers. I just wrapped up a case with barristers on the other side from a well-known London chambers in a territorial court. Common law jurisdictions have a great deal in common even though statutes and rules may differ. The English law degrees are much cheaper than their US counterparts and involve three years of undergraduate level study. To get a practice certificate involves work experience and/or passing the SQE.
  4. elcastor21

    elcastor21 New Member

    Exactly this! Is the consumer who has to pay
  5. Neuhaus

    Neuhaus Well-Known Member

    New York has long held that requirements that exceed ABA. Recent circumstances have caused them to issue waivers for the online learners (which is not allowed) and there are requirements around timing of coursework. It's possible to have an ABA accredited JD and not be eligible to sit for the NY Bar.

    That said, you can also request a waiver. And people often do. But it is inaccurate to say that "ALL states" accept graduation from an ABA approved law school satisfies the requirement. It's a part of NY's eligibility but is not as sufficient as it is in other states.
  6. nosborne48

    nosborne48 Well-Known Member

    Some states also have stricter requirements for pre-legal education. Kansas, I think, requires a bachelor's degree.
  7. jonlevy

    jonlevy Active Member

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