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Planning To Run A Law Practice

Planning To Run A Law Practice

The California Desert Trial Academy educates, trains, and develops students with an emphasis on teaching them the practice of law, rather than just the knowledge of law. This includes teaching skills that enable graduates to start their own firm if they should choose this avenue of practicing law over working for a firm, government agency, or public interest organization. The first step in running your own law practice is to formulate a business plan. Knowledge of both hard and soft skills is critical to the practice of law. Anyone starting his or her own legal practice must have some minimal notion...

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About Conflicts Of Law

About Conflicts Of Law

There is a conflict of laws when a legal cause of action implicates the substantive law of more than one jurisdiction, and some determination must be made as to which law correctly applies. A good way to conceptualize “conflict of laws” is to think of its resolution, which is making a “choice of law” to resolve a legal issue. The outcome of this process may require a court in one jurisdiction to apply the law of a different jurisdiction. The conflict may be between federal and state laws, among state laws, or between the laws of different nations. Because the jurisdiction of federal...

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The Hard Skills

The Hard Skills

Hard skills are part of a job’s required skill set. These skills consist of the expertise necessary for an individual to successfully perform the job. They are job-specific and are acquired through formal education and training programs. Law students must learn hard skills to succeed as lawyers. In this context, this means learning the law, both substantive and procedural. Modern law firms, like most modern employers, also seek applicants who possess important soft skills. The soft skills include interpersonal skills that facilitate coordination, teamwork, and goal achievement in the workplace. These are skills that are more difficult to quantify, and which receive...

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Community Property Vs. Equitable Distribution: What Students Need To Know

Community Property Vs. Equitable Distribution: What Students Need To Know

Many CDTA graduate practice law in California, but some practice elsewhere throughout the United States. Those attorneys and lawyers-to-be that practice family law in the Western U.S. must be experts in community property. Most of the country does not use the community property system as California does. These states use the equitable distribution system of property in divorce and separation matters. To understand how a divorce settlement is affected by the law of a state, it is crucial to know the difference between community property and equitable distribution. Here’s a brief summary. Community Property Community property is observed in the following states: Alaska...

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CDTA’s Key To Student Success: Saturday Learning

CDTA’s Key To Student Success: Saturday Learning

It is important that everyone in the Coachella Valley and Inland Empire communities have an affordable and convenient law degree program available and nearby. The California Desert Trial Academy (CDTA) is a unique educational institution that offers a special curriculum over four years. These classes are offered during the evening to meet the needs of working students and students looking for an alternative to traditional legal education. Weekends are busy around the CDTA, as well. In fact, many students and faculty members believe CDTA’s Saturday program that spotlights learning, developing, and practicing examination skills is a major component of academic success. Studying...

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Analyzing And Interpreting Statutes

Analyzing And Interpreting Statutes

Statutory interpretation may be nuanced, complex, and even confusing. Whether you work in a private law firm, a government agency, or a public service or interest organization, analyzing and interpreting a statute for any legal position will be part of the job. When encountering a statute for the first time, it’s a good practice to take certain analytical procedures to learn as much as possible about the subject law’s provisions and their application. Start with the following actions: Understand the goals of the client. Firmly grasp your client’s goals and the underlying facts of your client’s situation. Read the...

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How to Spend Less Time Preparing for Class and More Time Preparing for Exams

How to Spend Less Time Preparing for Class and More Time Preparing for Exams

The California Desert Trial Academy meets the needs of modern law students. Those who are looking for a different approach to legal education need not look any further than the CDTA. Our four-year Juris doctorate program allows working adults of the Coachella Valley the opportunity to obtain a legal education. As exams approach, the following equation starts to change: 24 Hours - (Hours slept + Hours attending class) = Hours available to study When the semester (or quarter) begins, these precious and valuable hours available to study are largely utilized preparing for class. Most students prepare for class through the typical routine of...

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About CDTA’s 2nd Year Curriculum

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As it provides a wide focus over a four-year period, CDTA’s broad curriculum allows second-year students to focus on three important core subjects for their full second year of law school. CDTA students are introduced to the law of property, specifically real property, and instructed on important components of trial and litigation, evidence and civil procedure. CDTA’s evening class schedule facilitates the intuitive organization of course materials for study and outline. Traditional schools tend to overwhelm students with multiple core subjects in their first year of law school. Breaking it up into two years strengthens focus and provides more time for...

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CDTA: Going Beyond The Basic Curriculum

CDTA: Going Beyond The Basic Curriculum

The California Desert Trial Academy meets the needs of modern law students. Those who are looking for a different approach to legal education need not look any further than the CDTA. Our four-year Juris doctorate program allows many older students the time and opportunity to obtain a legal education. Most traditional law schools teach only substantive core courses, cramming them into a three-year schedule. Rather than providing a traditional three-year curriculum that offers basic classes, the CDTA offers a four-year period of legal study that goes beyond traditional core subjects. As part of its standard curriculum, CDTA provides students with instruction...

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Most Law Schools Just Educate, CDTA Educates, Trains, And Develops

Most Law Schools Just Educate, CDTA Educates, Trains, And Develops

Many schools do an exceptional job of teaching students the black letter law of core subjects such as torts, real property, and contracts. Unfortunately, this is all that these law schools endeavor to do. Thus, most of the students in traditional law schools graduate with only knowledge of the substantive law and little practical instruction beyond it. Many traditional law schools would say that teaching the substantive law is their only function. At the CDTA, we go beyond educating our students: we also train and develop our students to be exceptional attorney-advocates in any courtroom. The core curriculum of most traditional...

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