Browse Category by Faith & Many Blessings
Faith & Many Blessings, Health & Happiness, Lagniappe, Travel & Exploration, Writing Projects

Justice Calling – Becoming a JD

JUSTICE CALLING

justice calling

I’ve been an advocate for justice for as long as I can remember.  I was raised by my Jewish grandfather who instilled in me a strong belief of equality and simply “doing the right thing.”  With this background, it’s no surprise that for many years I’ve wanted to be an ATTORNEY.

Although I love being in law enforcement,  my ultimate goal is to practice prosecutorial LAW.  And, now that I’m 44, I’ve decided the wait is over.  I’m going to LAW SCHOOL.

Yep, it’s really gonna happen.  No more talking about “one day.” G-d is calling me to take this path NOW and I fully intend to follow His will!

After a significant amount of research, weighing (and reweighing) the pros and cons, I’ve decided to pursue my study at Oak Brook College of Law in Fresno, CA.

PROS

  • Degree is offered via correspondence with little on-campus/residential requirement [I live 3 hours from the nearest law school, so this is a big plus!]
  • School is faith-based [very appealing to me at this point in my life.  Fellowship and outreach opportunities are very likely!]
  • Personal enrichment [need I say more? LOL].
  • Knowledge and ability to help others [Jewish law promotes a just and ethical society].
  • Can continue full time employment [great to know my livelihood won’t be compromised!]
  • US Government accepts out-of-state bar membership [I will be able to practice law in Louisiana, provided I do so as Uncle Sam’s employee].
  • Significantly cheaper than traditional law schools.
  • Already have comp tickets for a round trip flight to CA [expires in September 2016].

CONS

  • Not ABA accredited [sadly no distant education law schools are].
  • Federal guaranteed loans not available [means high interest loan/expensive monthly payment plan].
  • Travel to California for one-week school orientation and Baby Bar [expensive flight and lodging].
  • Application deadline is only 2 days away [yikes]!
  • No waiver of $75 application fee [$200 after April 15th] offered.

I’m excited and a bit nervous, but looking forward to the prospect of attaining my long-standing goal. Prayers always appreciated!

FYI – CA is the only state that currently offers the opportunity to “sit for the bar” through non-traditional avenues – i.e. distant learning and study in a law office or judge’s chambers.