I was honored to interview Dr. Jonathan Kramer, Esq., JD, LL.M, DLP, one of our awe-inspiring ALU alumni (2001), about his time as a law student and all of his adventures since graduating. Jonathan Kramer serves on Abraham Lincoln University's Advisory Committee and on the Academic Program Advisory Board for the Juris Doctor. He offers input about curricular needs and improvement for the law program.
Los Angeles, CA: There are around 13,300 homeless women on the streets of Los Angeles. Abraham Lincoln University, an online law school based in LA, will be teaching an expungement clinic at Downtown Women’s Center on Skid Row in order to address this major cause of sustained homelessness: the criminal record.
Online learning and distance education sometime gets a bad rap.
It’s understandable that people feel hesitant when they hear the phrase “online university.” But this skepticism often comes from misconceptions about what online classrooms look like on the inside, wariness of new technology, or simply a fear of change. I’d like to go through and debunk some of the myths of online learning that we come across as educators, as well as pros that differentiate online schools from brick-and-mortar institutions.
Paul Young graduated from Abraham Lincoln University School of Law in 2007. He’s now a busy, successful attorney and private investigator with his own law firm focused on judgment enforcement. I was thrilled to talk to him about his career and his time at ALU and to bring you his bits of wisdom.
I had the privilege of interviewing ALU School of Law graduate, attorney and inspiration, RoseAnn Frazee, class of 2008. Ms. Frazee passed the bar on her first try at the age of 65, but she had been studying and “practicing” law since she was 12 years old in Alaska.
You only get 36 months of G.I. BILL benefits in most cases. The average bachelor's degree can take up to 5 years (60 months). There is a large disconnect between the idea of completing a Bachelor’s degree and the use of the G.I. BILL to do that. At the average school you won’t be able to leave with a credential using your G.I. BILL.
The VA will pay for certification exams. To be more specific they will reimburse you for the cost of the test with proof of an attempt. You can take a test as many times as you want, and the VA will pay even if you fail.
You have been through training and received valuable experience. Now it’s time to apply that to your degree or training credential. There are a few ways to accomplish this that do not always include just using your SMART transcript or pre assigned credit transfer on your Joint Service Training Transcript.
I have always found it interesting that the VA only gives 36 months of educational benefits. This is more than enough for an Associates Degree, but not enough for a Bachelor's Degree. They also limit some non credit training and have a minimum length for eligibility. In short, they do not clearly define what your G.I. BILL is to be used for. Lastly, if you run out of G.I. BILL or want to go for a bachelor's degree then what?