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Jerry O'Connell: Law School Student!

Jerry O'Connell: Law School Student!

Jerry O’Connell has enrolled at Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles, reveals Leslie Steinberg, the school’s Assistant Dean of Public Affairs.

“He is very excited to be starting his law school education here at Southwestern,” Steinberg tells Us Weekly. “He just had orientation last week, and he started classes this week. [He was] very impressed with the faculty and the vibe here. This is brand new to him as well. He’s very much looking forward to his education.”

Earlier this week, a fellow student event tweeted that Jerry was “at orientation @ Southwestern Law School. He is an entering night student, mingling @ mixer.”

Earlier this year, Jerry, 35, and wife Rebecca Romijn, 36, welcomed twin daughtersDolly Rebecca Rose and Charlie Tamara Tulip.

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# 1
ihavenolife @ 08/13/2009 at 5:07 pm

how odd.

# 2
ihavenolife @ 08/13/2009 at 5:07 pm

all the best to him.

# 3
good for him @ 08/13/2009 at 5:17 pm

Jerry is a smart guy. He knows that most celebs need a backup plan these days.

# 4
christine @ 08/13/2009 at 5:18 pm

Congrats Jerry! I use to have a crush on him when he was on some television series a long time ago… (AFTER he was fat, and got thinner). He should do more film. But I am very happy for him, doing law. I don’t think it was very polite of the school to announce it tho. Did he want to promote the school or something? Very wrong, if he didn’t. Just b/c starz dont TELL u that they dont want things announced doesnt mean u have the “ok” to do so. No one likes that. Even if starz say otherwise. Actors have to be polite to make a living sometimes.

# 5
Go Jerry Go @ 08/13/2009 at 5:22 pm

Good for him! Have loved him ever since he played the fat kid (LOL) in Stand By Me. I wish him the best.

# 6
i'm impressed @ 08/13/2009 at 5:22 pm

i must say – but I love the tom cruise bit he did on funny or die…that was perhaps the best i’ve seen!!!

good for him, he’ll be a GREAT entertainment lawyer – VERY successful indeed

# 7
maybe after the tom cruise.. @ 08/13/2009 at 5:23 pm

…bit, he was black listed in hollywood???

# 8

Good for him! Education is very important.
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Glad to see he has depth and want to better himself.

# 9
Ed Ramirez @ 08/13/2009 at 5:27 pm

@christine:

Do you remember “My Secret Identity” He was kind of a SUPER HERO!

I guess with 4 mouths to feed he gave up on that acting thing..

Was he considered for that dumb Grenn Lantern thing Ryan R. got?

I don’t remember what he is been in anyway.. but hey a mind is a terrible thing to waste.. He might be really smart.. Good for him getting a Plan B. Most actors don’t have one.

Jerry looks like a lawyer anyway so he should do fine.

He’s a really good actor. Hopefully he’s not hanging it up.

WTF would possess them to announce that to the world? I’m sure he really appreciates it. Dummies.

good for him.good.smart .i wonder how long will it be before rebecca divorces him.i give them 5-6 yrs.

That’s the best thing he can do. I don’t know why more of these celebs don’t go to school. Most of them drop out of high school and are dumb as dirt.

hey, fellow law student!

Good for him! I think that’s very smart and admirable!

Hope he has researched his options. This is not accredited by one of the major accrediting bodies which could be a problem down the line. Only ABA accredited since 1970.

Does he have an undergraduate degree in something already? Don’t think you can just sign up for law school w/o it.

Unless it isn’t on the internet somewhere, he doesn’t seem to posses a bachelor’s degree in anything, so how could he enroll in law school? Also, why would he pick an unaccredited school? I second the poor choice on that decision.

heretofor @ 08/13/2009 at 8:01 pm

@maddyme: SW is a fully accredited law school, my friends. I believe it is also the only aba accredited law school to offer an LLM in entertainment law. Very foolish for them to announce his admission, tho.

THE SCHOOL @ 08/13/2009 at 8:03 pm

Southwestern Law School IS an ABA accredited law school. Do your research.

to heretofor @ 08/13/2009 at 8:39 pm

No, it is not “fully” accredited. It is ABA accredited. The major accrediting bodies have not accredited the school. It falls under the Western Assn and they have not accredited it. Basically this means if it doesn’t work out and he wants to transfer to another college – his credits may not transfer since the major bodies aren’t accrediting the school. I don’t think they turned the college down, I think the college didn’t go for accreditation because it probably knows that it wouldnt meet all of their major accrediting bodies rules and guidelines. That is neither good nor bad. Just a statement.

to THE SCHOOL.

Right it is ABA accredited, but IT IS NOT accredited by one of the major accrediting bodies which include Western Assn, North Central Assn, Southern Assn., Northwest Commission, Middle States Assn, etc.

ABA accreditation is recognized by the Dept of Ed which means they are eligible for Financial Aid

By not being accredited by one of the major accrediting bodies it basically means whoever goes there may not be able to transfer credits to another university/college’s program that is accredited by one of the major bodies.

Do your research.

When it comes to law school accreditation, it is the ABA’s imprimatur that matters. Most states (not sure about California) require a person to have graduated from an ABA accredited law school before they will let them sit for the bar exam. Some states do have state-specific accreditation, but if the school is only accredited by the state, then that likely won’t pass muster in other states.

to DANI

Southwestern is a LAW SCHOOL, not a college. It does not require, nor need accreditation by WASC. By being fully accredited by the American Bar Association, he can actually transfer to any other ABA approved school in the United States if any law school accepts his transfer request and will honor his credits earned at SW Law.

Brett is correct on most accounts. If a student attends a school accredited by the ABA, they will be allowed to sit for the bar in any state. There are law schools not accredited by the ABA, but it is unwise to attend any of those because being on accredited by CA and the ABA only allows you to sit for the CA bar.

Furthermore, many law firms won’t even hire an associate if they did not graduate from an ABA law school.

I suggest you keep ‘knowledge’ to yourself rather than speak on matter of which you have no expertise on.

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