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Once you’ve used your online law degree to practice law in California for a few years, you may be able to work as a lawyer in additional states. Many states will permit California lawyers to take their bar exams after five to seven years of practicing law. Alternatively, you could enroll in a Master of Law program accredited by the American Bar Association. Such programs take only one or two years and will help you qualify to take the bar exam in other states. You may also practice law in federal courts located in any state.
Also, if you are admitted to CA,
you can also be admitted into Federal Courts, and practice law in other states,
It may be possible for you to take the Patent bar as well,
and with that you can work for many legal firms as Patent and IP lawyers are in demand.
Oh that is terrific. That would let me move forward gracefully with my new career and open more and more doors as time goes by.
I would also consider night law school in your State or a part time program if possible, as the online law schools are also expensive
Concord law school is just under 10k per year for 4 years. That is pretty inexpensive isn't it? The most competitive brick and mortar school near to me is 15k per year for 4 years or 20k per year for 3
Then it is not bad,
Okay. Any thoughts on the future of computer forensics and how a law degree might complement my expertise in that area? Would you see that as being primarily having an advantage as a domain expert or are there other possibilities with that type of specialization that you might think of?
I would not go to law school for that, I would go to law school if you are interested in IP law, or Patent law,
For your other areas I would consider a Masters in Computer Science with that specialty
very interesting and informative
you may want to look into forensic science as well
now as far as the "practice law in california for n number of years" and then I could take the bar in another state would that mean like have an active practice?
I guess that's kind of moot because an aba recognized llm is probably the shortest path
you would have to be admitted in CA, and pay the State bar fees for a certain amount of years,
you should look into the CA requirements as they may require you to have an actual office, or employment in the State.
okay again very informative
with forensic science do you mean that as a specialization within legal?
no a separate program,
Alright well I really do appreciate your very informed advice sir. You have a wonderful night.
Thanks again take care
and look into the CA license requirements as
Hi. I'm just following up on other alternatives to how I might be able to sit for the bar examination in Massachusetts. It's quite clear that I would not simply be able to sit if I attended Concord Law School's online program. They made an exception for one individual because the ABA was reviewing its accreditation policies for online law education at the time. They also made it very clear that this was an exception and I believe the ABA has finished that review.
So as you laid it out one option would be to pass the California bar and practice law there for a certain number of years at which point I could apply to take the bar in other states.
I'm wondering if pursing an LLM would also qualify me to sit for the bar? Also, without a license, what kind of jobs would I be able to pursue? Could I serve as general counsel for a company in Massachusetts if I had only taken and passed the California bar? Is there any question as to whether or not I would be able to sit for the patent laws bar exam (if I'm getting that right) and so specialize in intellectual property which is a very hot field in software (my current profession)
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