Law school

Deciding which law school to send your application to, can be a bit challenging. You have to consider a variety of factors, which will guide you to choosing the most suitable school for you. The school that you choose will influence quite a lot in relation to the career in law that you will have in the future. Some of the top considerations to make are highlighted below.

Top factors to consider

Location

The location of the law school matters a lot. There are law schools located in different places all over the world. Your personal preferences and financial considerations will play a major role in the decision you will make. Choosing a school that is far from where you live, perhaps abroad, may cost you more in terms of transport, accommodation, and such. The cost of living in the place where the school is located matters as well. You may also factor in the climatic conditions, especially if you have a health condition that can be affected by the weather.

Fees

The amount of money that you will have to part with for the education that you will receive also matters. Different law schools charge different amounts of fees. You should check the fee structure of the different schools that you are interested in and compare them to determine which one matches your pockets. You can also check the possibility and your chances of getting a scholarship or any other type of financial aid in the potential school.

Faculty

There are many questions, which you need to find the answers to regarding the faculty. What is the faculty to student ratio? What credentials do the faculty members have? Will tenured faculty teach you or will you learn from associate professors? Such questions will help to give you an idea of what to expect in terms of the education that you will receive. Your preferred method of learning will play a major role in your decision regarding which schools have the best faculty.

Diversity of the students

hghdrerdfyu64752225For diversity, you will have to consider not only the sex and race of the students but the age as well. This should particularly be a major concern if you are an older individual who wishes to attend law school after spending many years out of school or wish to do law as part-time. You should choose a school where you can fit in and feel comfortable so that you can concentrate on your studies.

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Legal services

Legal services are usually considered very expensive, especially when you wish to be represented by the best attorneys. However, there are some legal services that you can still access without having to pay anything. Some of the common ones are highlighted below.

Types of free legal services

Public defense


You reserve the right to access legal services in the event that you are arrested and charged with any crime. If you cannot afford to hire the services of a lawyer on your own, the office of public defense will appoint an attorney to work with you on your case. You do not incur any cost to work with the attorney. The attorney is supposed to work on your case for the entire duration that the case will last as well as through the first appeal in case you lose the case.

Legal aid clinics

If you cannot afford to hire a private lawyer but still wish to file a lawsuit with the intention of protecting your interests, you might qualify to get legal aid. The legal aid organizations usually get their funds from government and tasked with the responsibility of providing legal services to the impoverished. However, the funding is usually limited. This means that the legal aid providers can only take on very few cases selected using a given criteria. You should ensure that you qualify before you even begin looking for the services. One of the top qualifications is that you must be making less than a set amount of money each year.

Pro bono services


The attorneys who work in private practice and firms usually dedicate some of their time to pro bono cases. The services are usually offered to individuals who are considered poor and unable to access legal services in other ways. The level of income is part of the criteria used for qualifying for the pro bono services. Given that the attorneys working pro bono are usually in the private sector, they may make some exceptions to the set limits.

Social justice legal services

There are organizations and firms, which may offer free legal services to individuals with cases of social injustice. Freedom of speech, discrimination, and sexual harassment are examples of the cases dealt with by the social justice attorneys. Ideally, they pick on cases that may have an influence on the entire community as opposed to just an individual.…

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Yes on HHH Help House the Homeless

YES TO ENDING HOMELESSNESS

YES ON PROP HHH

Homelessness in L.A. is increasing at an alarming rate, especially among women and children.

Prop HHH is a common-sense, cost-effective approach to solving the problems of growing homelessness, increasing encampments, and at-risk populations of homeless women and children, seniors and veterans.
WHY WE NEED IT

Homelessness in Los Angeles is rising dramatically. Unless we take action together the situation will only get worse:

More than 28,000 are homeless in Los Angeles.
Homelessness in Los Angeles went up 11% last year alone.
The number of encampments and people living in vehicles increased by 20%.
Women, many who have been victims of rape and assault, account for 61% of the increase since 2011.
Prop HHH will give us the resources to help get homeless the housing and help they need – and go a long way to keep those in danger of homelessness off the street in the first place.

WHAT IT DOES

YES on Prop HHH – YES to housing homeless provides:
$1.2 billion for safe, clean housing
Facilities for mental health, drug and alcohol treatment
Facilities for housing assistance
Strict oversight and independent audits of funding

SUPPORTERS

Newspapers:
Los Angeles Times Editorial Board
LA Daily News
LA Downtown News
La Opinión
Los Angeles Sentinel Newspaper
LA Watts Times Weekender Newspaper

Elected Officials:
Eric Garcetti, Mayor, City of LA
Herb Wesson, Council President, City of LA
Marqueece Harris-Dawson, Councilmember, City of LA
Jose Huizar, Councilmember, City of LA
Mike Bonin, Councilmember, City of LA
Gil Cedillo, Councilmember, City of LA
Mitch Englander, Councilmember, City of LA
Paul Koretz, Councilmember, City of LA
Mitch O’Farrell, Councilmember, City of LA
Curren Price, Councilmember, City of LA
Karen Bass, U.S. House of Representatives
Dianne Feinstein, U.S. Senate
Sheila Kuehl, Los Angeles County Supervisor
Mark Ridley-Thomas, Los Angeles County Supervisor
Hilda Solis, Los Angeles County Supervisor
Zev Yaroslavsky, Former LA County Supervisor

Resolutions:
Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors
Los Angeles Community College District

Organizations:
United Way of Greater Los Angeles
A Community of Friends
Abode Communities
Alliance For Community Transit
Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles
Ascencia
Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles
Be the Change International
Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice
Bet Tzedek Legal Services
Brentwood Community Council
BRIDGE Housing Corporation
California Community Foundation
Caring Across Generations Los Angeles, A Faith Based Alliance
Central American Resource Center
Central City Association
Central Hollywood Coalition/Sunset & Vine BID
Clergy and Laity United
for Economic Justice: Creating a Just and Sacred Society
Chrysalis
Coalition for Economic Survival
Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles
Colchester Creek
Community Solutions
Covenant House California
CSH Los Angeles
Dolores Mission
Door of Hope
Downtown Women’s Center
The Dream Center
Empowered Gifts
Enterprise Community Partners
Equal Voice for Southern California Families Alliance (EVSCFA)
First Place for Youth
First to Serve
Friends of LA River
Good Seed CDC
Helping Hearts for the Homeless
Hillsides Youth Moving On
Hollywood Community Housing Corporation
Hollywood Property Owners Alliance/Hollywood Entertainment District
Homeless Health Care Los Angeles
Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission
HOPICS
Hospital Association of Southern CA
Housing Works
Imagine LA
Inner City Law Center
Innovative Housing Opportunities
Inquilinos Unidos
Instituto de Educacion Popular del Sur de California
Invisible People
Jenesse Center
Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles
Jobs R 4 You, Inc.
Jovenes, Inc.
Kaiser Permanente
KIWA
LA Family Housing
LA Kitchen
LAANE
LA Voice
Labor Community Strategy Center
League of Women Voter’s Los Angeles
Leticia Aguilar Jaguelli Foundation For The Poor
Little Tokyo Service Center
Los Angeles Chapter of American Institute of Architects
Los Angeles Community Action Network
Los Angeles Council of Religious Leaders
Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition
Los Angeles County Business Association
Los Angeles LGBT Center
Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters
Los Angeles Mission
Mental Health Advocacy Services
Mental Health America of Los Angeles
Mercy Housing
The Midnight Mission
Multicultural Communities for Mobility
Natural Resources Defense Council
New Directions for Veterans
OPCC & Lamp Community
PATH
Palms Neighborhood Council
Proyecto Pastoral
Public Counsel
Reach For The Top
Relentless Advocates
Safe Place for Youth
Sanctuary of Hope
Southern CA Association of NonProfit Housing (SCANPH)
Shelter Partnership, Inc.
Skid Row Housing Trust
Southeast Asian Community Alliance
SPA 6 Homeless Coalition
SRO Housing Corporation
St. Joseph Center
Strategic Actions for a Just Economy
Thai Community Development Center
T.R.U.S.T. South LA
The Teen Project
Union Rescue Mission
Upward Bound House
U.S. Vets
Venice Community Housing
Venice Family Clinic
Volunteers of America Los Angeles
Watts Labor Community Action Committee
Weingart Center for Homelessness
Women Organizing Resource Knowledge & Services (WORKS)

Business Organizations:
Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
Central City Association
Westside Council of Chambers of Commerce
Valley Industry and Commerce Association (VICA)

Labor Organizations:
Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO
United Firefighters of Los Angeles City Local 112 IAFF AFL-CIO-CLC
United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 770

Community Leaders and Individuals:
Elise Buik, United Way of Greater Los Angeles
Gary Toebben, LA Area Chamber of Commerce
Michael Alvidrez, Skid Row Housing Trust
Charles E. Blake, Sr. West Angeles Church of God in Christ
Richard Close, Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association
Antonia Hernandez, California Community Foundation
Rusty Hicks, LA County Federation of Labor
Dr. Mitch Katz, LA County Department of Health Services
Faye Washington, YWCA of Greater Los Angeles

Political Party Organizations/Clubs:
Los Angeles County Democratic Party
Avance Democratic Club
Democratic Party of the San Fernando Valley
East Area Progressive Democrats
Green Party of Los Angeles County
Los Angeles County Young Democrats
Miracle Mile Democratic Club
West LA Democratic Club

Religious Organizations:
Catholic Church
Downtown Mission Area United Methodist Church
Episcopalian Church
Valley Beth Shalom
Temple Beth Hillel
Women of Temple Beth Hillel

NEWS

Los Angeles Times: Debunking eight myths about homelessness and Proposition HHH
Los Angeles Times: Debunking eight myths about homelessness and Proposition HHH
October 29, 2016
The city of Los Angeles has put a proposal on the ballot that could significantly reduce chronic homelessness: Proposition HHH, which would authorize $1.2 billion in general obligation bonds to fund t……

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