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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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Brett–you are absolutely correct about the ABA accreditation. The problem with a school not being accredited by one of the major accrediting bodies has to do with transfer of credit only. Since the Dept of Ed recognizes ABA as an accrediting body financial aid isn’t an issue. Most schools would most likely accept Southwestern’s credits in transfer, but some will not due to the lack of accreditation by a regional accrediting body. BUT that said, most law students don’t transfer out of their programs unless life circumstances force them to either by having to move or whatever. The loss of credits in a transfer on the graduate level is huge. So most likely Jerry won’t transfer!

Good for him for having a back-up plan. I wonder why he didn’t go to better law-school(USC, UCLA) that would have respected his privacy and not release a press statement.

@pop86:

Because his LSAT score or GPA is probably not stellar. It is hard to get into Tier 2 & 3 law school.

@pop86:

Because his LSAT score or GPA is probably not stellar. It is hard to get into Tier 2 & 3 law school.

I hope he doesn’t get thrown out of the nasty curve in law school :)

He is such a great actor. i love when he plays a guy named Jason Batemen

USC and UCLA don’t have part time law school programs. They only offer a full-time day program. USC also makes you sign an agreement that you will not work during your first year of law school. The only ABA accredited schools in the LA area that offer part-time programs that would be flexible to his schedule is southwestern and loyola.

computer robot @ 08/13/2009 at 11:53 pm

I’m a graduate of Southwestern. It is fully accredited by the ABA. There is no problem with transferring credits. Some of my classmates transferred to UCLA, USC, Hastings, Pepperdine and other schools after their first year. Top people also get good jobs at firms like O’Melveny and the DAs office hires SW students (though not in this economy).

I’m the first to admit that it isn’t the best school out there, but it’s also not the worst. Very diverse student body, and it’s not as cutthroat like other law schools. We all helped each other, and didn’t treat each other like competition.

Bar pass rates could be better, but they’re working on it.

Walter Esq. @ 08/14/2009 at 12:25 am

Couldn’t he go to a real law school?

Dear Lawyer:
I’m not quibbling with the transfer of credit to another law school. I’m just stating without regional accreditation the credit holder MAY have trouble transferring credit.
And as to my expertise – I have over 25 years in education and accreditation regulation. Which is probably more than you have.

Southwestern? I am surprised that he got accepted in law school at all. JK! He must at least know how to read and write!!!! :) what a breath of fresh air in hollyweird.

CHRISTINE @ 08/14/2009 at 2:49 am

It feels like ppl r making fun of him for going for a law degree….. especially ppl in the film industry…. listen,….the guy can b intelligent if he wants 2b… but he is certainly funny!

CHRISTINE @ 08/14/2009 at 2:56 am

@G:
well….. i agree with u as far as HOLLYWOOD goes… Hollywood is nothing but TRASH

THE SCHOOL IS GREAT!!! @ 08/14/2009 at 4:46 am

@Dani:

For the uneducated people who comment about law schools and know nothing:
Southwestern is FULLY ACCREDITED and some of the most successful lawyers in the entertainment industry have graduated from this law school, which has been in existence since 1911. Additionally, of course Jerry O’Connell has his Bachelor’s degree. He attended my alma mater, NYU and made a great choice in Southwestern Law School, where I also received my law degree. Be informed people.

Dear the School is Great

If you have a law degree from there then they obviously erred in teaching you to read.
I did not say the school wasn’t great.
BUT the school is not fully accredited. It is accredited by the ABA and is NOT accredited by one of the major regional accrediting bodies. Same goes for Chicago’s John Marshall Law School.
And if I may point out–whether a law school or any other university/college is good or not–successful people spring from all levels of institutions.
Maybe you should learn to read and correctly interpret these posts. ABA accreditation is fine for a law school which is only a law school. But you better believe university attached law schools are accredited regionally which makes the transfer of credit easier if someone changes their mind and wants to go for a masters et al.
Having worked with all of the regional accrediting bodies, the ABA among other of the specific accrediting bodies, state government and federal government on accreditation, financial aid and other issues–believe me I know what I’m talking about.
You seem a tad bit defensive. Where did I slam Southwestern’s rep? Where did I say ABA isn’t a good accreditation?
All I said was it wasn’t regionally accredited which could make the transfer of credit difficult.

Sincerely….guys, I can get you off now with just a slap on the side of the head…….Sincerely…….

I loved him in Stand by Me……..Sincerely…….

You are in a room with two locked doors, and a pistol on top of a table in the center of the room. You pick up the pistol and find that it is loaded with two rounds.

Suddenly, both doors open. Through one door comes a large lion. And through the other walks a lawyer. What do you do?

Shoot the lawyer, twice. Make sure that he’s dead.

@dani: Only since 1970? Wow, that’s only been….what? Nearly 40 years! Yeah, you make a real solid point there skippy.

Southwestern is ABA and AALS accredited and those are the two most important accreditations to have in terms of transferring credits. Sure, there can be always be regional issues, but Southwestern students shouldn’t have too much trouble transferring if that’s what they want to do. Cooley students, on the other hand…

But I am here to slam Southwestern. Guys, this is not a good school, okay? Tier 3? Seriously? Stop trolling for your crappy law school. There are so many better programs in southern California. I understand why Jerry O’Connell is going there–he doesn’t need a job, nor does he need to pay back 200k in loans probably–but if you need to work sometime after law school as a lawyer, then this probably isn’t the school for you. Some people do graduate bad law schools and get jobs because they had connections or finished in the top 10%, but right now, in this economy, a Southwestern degree is NOT WORTH IT.

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