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What No One Will Tell You about Being a Personal Injury Attorney

Maybe you were the type of kid who always knew what you wanted to do for a living. When people asked the 5-year-old you what you were going to be when you grew up, you proudly answered, “I’m going to be a lawyer,” and everyone praised your practical career choice.Few, if any, adults posing this question likely followed up with 5-year-old you by asking, “So, what type of law do you want to practice? Are you considering civil litigation?” It’s a good thing they didn’t ask for specifics, because most young people hoping to practice law need time to figure out what type of law they want to practice. In some cases, it takes an attorney years to find his or her groove in the profession.You’ve read about high-profile criminal…

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Protections Afforded in the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act

The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) is a federal law that protects active duty service members from legal entanglements while in active duty service. The protections under SCRA range from reducing interest rates while on active duty to limiting a landlord’s ability to terminate a service member’s lease.  One important rule of SCRA is that it limits the power of default judgements. The law protects military members from being brought to court while they are occupied with military deployment. This is highly relevant when it comes to divorce or child custody cases. This article will first look at the relevant provisions of the SCRA and then apply the law to see how it will help servicemembers in certain precarious scenarios.Protecting Servicemembers from Default JudgmentsAs the SCRA states expressly in its purpose…

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What Makes a Good Lawyer? Common Traits of Successful Attorneys Today

In a difficult, confusing, or complicated situation, individuals and companies may find themselves desperately seeking the guidance of a well-prepared and reliable legal professional. A great attorney has the potential to have a dramatic and positive impact on the life of a client. Whether it’s by helping them through a difficult family law matter, protecting them against false charges, or securing fair financial compensation after an accident, attorneys advocate for people during some of the most challenging times in their life. Lawyers matter.But what makes a good lawyer? It’s not an easy job, and not everyone is cut out for it. The American Bar Foundation (ABF) found that approximately a quarter of lawyers leave the profession within the first seven years. A legal degree can also be applied to a…

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ALU Students Know How to Prepare for FYLSX Success

Taken after completion of the first year of law school, the First-Year Law Students' Examination (FYLSX or FYLSE), or "baby bar,” covers the subjects of contract, criminal law, and torts. Passing the exam is a big deal and requires a serious commitment to test preparation. Statistics show that Abraham Lincoln University students know how to prepare for those first year law student exam questions. For example, in October 2018, 56% of ALU students passed the test on their first attempt while the first-time success rate for students from all law schools combined was only 26%.* In June 2018, 86% of ALU students passed the test on their first attempt while the first-time success rate for students from all law schools combined was only 32%.* Fortunately, the State Bar of California…

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Fault Laws and Personal Injury Claims in the United States

If you have been injured because of somebody else’s negligence or fault, whether in a car accident, from a defective condition on that person’s property, or in some other way, you have the right to seek financial compensation for your injuries. You can potentially obtain this compensation by pursuing a personal injury claim against the person who was at fault for your injuries and/or that person’s insurance company. In order to achieve a successful outcome in any personal injury case, you need to establish that another party was at fault for your injuries. Different states have different standards regarding the amount of fault that is considered compensable, as we shall see here. In many of the examples throughout the article there may be exceptions with how individual states apply their…

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Which Field of Law is the Best Path for You?*

Entering the field of law can be one of the most rewarding decisions a person can make. Fighting for justice, human rights, and for those who don’t have a voice is one of the most effective ways an occupation in law can help your local community and, on a broader scale, the entire world. With a legal education under your belt, so many new opportunities come along with it. Law schools offer a wide array of degrees and concentrations specializing in every area of the field. It’s important to consider your options carefully and really see how each field coincides with your interests, passions, life goals, and schedule. Keep reading to find out more about each field of law to help discover what’s right for you! Criminal Law Criminal law…

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Professor Steve Morgan – Running for LA County Superior Court

Steve Morgan is a Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney, Major in the Army JAG Corps, and law professor at Abraham Lincoln University Law School. He will be running for the LA County Superior Court position in March 2020. When asked why he decided to run for the position as a judge in Los Angeles County, he stated that he has always worked helping people in the public and wanted to continue on that trend. He also stated that what distinguishes him from many other candidates is that he has worked on both the defense as well the prosecutors’ side of criminal law cases. This gives him a wider palette of experience than many candidates that have only worked on one side of the coin. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Steve…

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How To Get Started In Family Law
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How To Get Started In Family Law

Once a person is licensed to practice law, that person can practice in any area, regardless of background or specialty. If that sounds ridiculous, that’s because it is ridiculous. Lawyers specialize in different areas of the law based on their experience, their passion, and the needs of the public at large. As a client, it’s important to be aware of a lawyers’ expertise outside of his or her license; it’s even more important for you as a legal professional to choose an area of the law that you can genuinely claim he or she specializes in. If you’re interested in becoming a family lawyer, the first step toward gaining that expertise is to dive into the fundamentals of family law. Why Become a Family Law Lawyer? Few lawyers are drawn…

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How Does Information Get To Us?

With more than 1,200 petabytes currently being stored between the four biggest tech supergiants currently dominating the industry, the internet is one of the largest human creations to date in terms of sheer volume. This is to say nothing about the smaller companies middling down here with the rest of us; with so much information out there, it’s easy to compare the world wide web to a flowing stream, constantly in flux, evolving, changing. It’s impossible to step in at the same place twice. How, then, does information on the internet get to us? Is it really as simple as typing a question into Google and getting an answer? In the early days of the internet, things were simple; search results were determined by what we typed into Google, Yahoo,…

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Alumnus Spotlight: Tohru Iokibe, Sony Pictures

One of the great things about working at Abraham Lincoln University? Getting people started on their journey toward a more fulfilling career for the first time. Another type of student that comes through our school every semester that many on-site institutions will rarely encounter: one who has already established the foundation of their career and is seeking the next big step forward. Abraham Lincoln University’s flexible online law program offers professionals working full-time the opportunity to attend law school and achieve everything they’re capable of. Tohru Iokibe is one such individual; he already had plenty to be proud of when he first approached ALU as a prospective law student. From Japan to Hollywood Mr. Iokibe was already the Senior Vice President of client operations at Sony Pictures Entertainment when he…

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Employment Law Advice for Newly-Graduated Law Students
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Employment Law Advice for Newly-Graduated Law Students

Let’s face it: most fresh graduates have no idea what life is like after college. No matter what program you choose, whether it’s a business degree, a law-related certification, or something in between, the newly-graduated, in general, are often clueless when it comes to what to expect after their last final. This uncertainty and lack of knowledge can sometimes result in fresh grads subjecting themselves to office environments that are explicitly violating employment laws. These employment violations come in many forms and may also occur in different stages of employment, from the hiring process, through actual employment, and possibly leading up to one’s termination. Developing a sense of being able to identify when employers are committing employment law violations is one crucial aspect to maintaining a healthy work environment. When…

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Can Your Employer Lawfully Surveil You?
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Can Your Employer Lawfully Surveil You?

The thought of your employer hiring someone to follow you around after work can be unsettling. Noticing a car parked outside your house and having it follow you as you go about your day can frighten you to the point of calling the police. Is it legal for your employer to monitor your activity in this way?  In some situations, yes. Your Employer Can Surveil You If Fraudulent Activity Is Suspected A licensed private investigator can be hired by an employer in response to accidents or injuries you find yourself a part of and to secure evidence to be used in court. A licensed private investigator is allowed to follow or surveil others as long as they are engaging in lawful activities while doing so in order to obtain evidence…

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How to Succeed in Online Classes: Tips and Tricks for Online Graduate Programs
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How to Succeed in Online Classes: Tips and Tricks for Online Graduate Programs

For any working adult bearing the burden of supporting themselves financially, the time and resources it takes to earn a degree may make the endeavor seem like an impossible desire. With more schools offering fully online college degrees than ever before (and a 100% online community college here in California currently in the pipeline), this limitation is being challenged in a big way. Online degree programs are flexible, affordable, and are breaking down the barriers separating adults everywhere from the education of their dreams. Yes, that even includes an online graduate education. Naturally, there will be some differences between distance learning and attending school in a traditional classroom setting. What effect will these differences have on your future prospects as a student in such a program? What do the top…

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Interview With ALU Alumnus & DTLA Law Firm Partner, Farid Yaghoubtil

Last month, I had the privilege to interview Attorney and ALU Alumnus, Farid Yaghoubtil, about his firm’s climbing success. Mr. Yaghoubtil graduated from ALU’s School of Law in 2011 and Immediately after passing the California Bar Exam he and his cousin started their very own firm, DTLA Law Group. As a founding partner at DTLA Law Group, Mr. Yaghoubtil specializes in personal injury cases where his experience as his father’s translator and business advocate at a very young age has served as the central inspiration for his firm’s mission. (more…)

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7 Tips on Choosing The Right Program of Study for You

So you made the big decision to invest in higher education! But how do you make an informed choice when there are so many programs to choose from? The factors are numerous and nuanced, and sometimes it’s difficult to even figure out the right questions to ask. How do you know what you DON’T know?

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CITY V. STATE: How state law prevents towns from keeping out corporations

A new kind of revolution is taking place in cities and towns across America. It’s happening in courtrooms and in town hall meetings. It’s happening door-to-door, and across the partisan aisle, in rural towns and large cities alike. This revolution is called home rule: when a town votes on and adopts their own Bill of Rights and charter that asserts their right to self-govern. (more…)

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