FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is Raymond C. Dabney University?
  2. What is R.C.D.U.`s mission?
  3. How do we accomplish this mission?
  4. Are there live lectures?
  5. What is the cost to the student?
  6. Where does the funding come from?
  7. What timetable do you estimate it will take to obtain those federal grant funds?
  8. Is there any liability to the individual if the funding is not awarded?
  9. What are the features of the law school program?
  10. Who manages the interim operation for year one?
  11. Who conducts the day-to-day management?
  12. How do you distinguish American Bar Association (ABA) Approved-V-Law Studies at R.C.D.U.?
  13. Why is time of the essence?
  14. What other factors need to be considered?
  15. What bar exams are needed?
  16. What is the 1st Year Law School Examination (F.Y.L.S.X)?
  17. What about the curricula and testing procedures?
  18. Is it true that students will have state of the art technology when studying at R.C.D.U.?
  19. What is CLEP?
  20. Why is R.C.D.U. willing to provide this educational service?
  21. How does the student benefit from R.C.D.U.?
  22. How do you address the need for legal education and other academic disciplines in today's society?

What is Raymond C. Dabney University?

R.C.D.U. is an online university that offers General Educational Development designed to take you to the forefront of your profession. Our curriculum delivers foundational knowledge and real-world skills to immediately prepare you to your career. It will incorporate several existing companies that are now providing some of these services in a limited fashion. It will provide the financial and managerial resources needed to expand those offerings rapidly' and establish several new paradigms for non-traditional education, initially in the fields of law and business, later expanding as market conditions dictate. Raymond C. Dabney University is the only university that can provide the flexibility, affordability and accessibility to the general public needed to provide this level of education.

What is R.C.D.U.`s mission?

The Mission of Raymond C. Dabney University [R.C.D.U.] is”to provide the community an affordable opportunity to acquire a quality legal education within a structured and regulated program in law.”

How do we accomplish this mission?

The highlights as to how this Mission is going to be accomplished is in summary fashion as follows - R.C.D.U. is a privately held Nevada corporation formed to provide educational services to people whose needs are not being addressed by traditional colleges and universities. It will incorporate several existing companies that are now providing some of these services in a limited fashion. It will provide the financial and managerial resources needed to expand those offerings rapidly and establish several new paradigms for non-traditional education, initially in the fields of law and business, later expanding as market conditions dictate.

Are there live lectures?

Yes there is live legal instruction at our Newport Beach, California campus. Prominent law professors from the area provide their 40+ years of legal expertise and practical law school training.

What is the cost to the student?

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Where does the funding come from?

R.C.D.U. applies for a federal funds matching funds grant or other related funding. Until that grant or federal funding arrives, R.C.D.U. provides all legal education services on its own; and at its own expense.

What timetable do you estimate it will take to obtain those federal grant funds?

Estimates from the Federal Government range from six months to one year.

Is there any liability to the individual if the funding is not awarded?

There is absolutely no liability to student if the funding is not awarded.

What are the features of the law school program?

  • Juris Doctor  from R.C.D.U. along with California Bar eligibility.
  • Law Professors giving live lectures.
  • Enrollment open to all. Not only bar students; but those who would like to learn the law for their own benefit can AUDIT the courses.
  • Enrollment every 2 months.
  • Law School in a tablet type computer including all:
    • Curricula
    • Syllabi
    • Lesson Plans
    • Exams Q&A's

Who manages the interim operation for year one?

From the time that the Grant is issued through the 1st year of operations there will be an interim Chancellor, Daniel Agajanian and Interim Dean, Dr. Luther Thompson J.D. from Raymond C. Dabney University.

Who conducts the day-to-day management?

R.C.D.U.'s Job Description: R.C.D.U. would handle all of the applications, enrollments, transcripts, diplomas, degrees, website information, and grading of mid-term and final exams. R.C.D.U. provides the Juris Doctor Degree and California bar eligibility. R.C.D.U. also provides all of the law professor live lectures, video lectures, weekly video workshops with law professors, the computer tablets, the R.C.D.U. website and all related tasks.

6 Month C.P.A Accounting: Ron Overton, C.P.A issues the check to the corporate organization and to R.C.D.U. He also would provide an Accounting every six months.

Federl Funds Sought: R.C.D.U. would be seeking the Federal Funds for the corporate organizations. R.C.D.U. has hired a full-time grant writer for just this purpose.

Classroom Hours Guarantee: In addition to the full spectrum of online services offered, R.C.D.U. will provide law professors for all courses taught on campus. This represents a minimum of 270 classroom (brick & mortar) hours per calendar year. The 270+ hours is included in the 864+ out of class hours required by the California State Bar of online law schools.

How do you distinguish American Bar Association (ABA) Approved-V-Law Studies at R.C.D.U.?

There are several important primary reasons why Raymond C. Dabney University (R.C.D.U.) this ready, willing and able educational entity can provide this service. For example:

  • R.C.D.U. believes in the Mission Statement that it has drafted. That is ”to provide the community an affordable opportunity to acquire a quality legal education within a structured and regulated program in law.”
  • R.C.D.U. is the only law school which can provide the above-referenced level of quality online as well as live classroom education.
  • Since only California provides online law schools (Non-ABA by definition since only"brick & mortar" law schools are even eligible for ABA accreditation.); there is tremendous opportunity to provide non-traditional educational to all instead of an American Bar Association (ABA) law school which is usually situated in a city of 1,000,000+.
  • Included herein is a brief summary of ABA vs. Non-ABA. The difference between ABA and non-ABA law schools is striking. Many of us are familiar with the American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law schools. They were originally formed in 1922 and created their own accrediting agency. It is interesting to note that graduates of Harvard University prior to 1922 were non-ABA law school graduates. They exist in 46 of the 50 states. There are presently 178 ABA law schools with the most recent induction being Chapman University in California. The differences are as follows:

 

ABA NON-ABA
Bachelor's Degree Assoc. Degree or 60 units or CLEP
L.S.A.T 85%+ No L.S.A.T.
Tuition $40,000-$60,000 Yearly $0
3 Year Program 4 Year Program
University Limited to State R.C.D.U. Everywhere
Practice Law Anywhere All Federal Courts & All California State Courts
No Auditing Allowed Any Student May Audit Any Course Offered at R.C.D.U.
Waiting List No Waiting List; All People Welcome
Only 10% Curriculum Available Online 100% Online and Live Lecture Driven
No Baby Bar Required After 1st Year Baby Bar Required After 1st Year
J.D. Awarded Upon Graduation B.S.L. & J.D. Awarded After 2 Years and 4 Years
No Substantial Apprenticeship Available to All Law Students Extensive Apprenticeship Available to All Law Bar Students
Approved by California Registered in California
Approved by Department of Education Approved by Department of Education
Register and Enroll by Semester Register and Enroll Every 2 Months
5 Courses Taught at One Time 1 Course Every 2 Months
No Bar Review Available Extensive bar Review Available

Why is time of the essence?

Because there has been a confluence of favorable circumstances. "Most traditional law schools offer a legal education. R.C.D.U. offers tradition in its legal education." Now appears to be the right time to provide non-traditional education at the university level, especially in law, because of several factors:

  • Institutional Inertia. Long-established universities tend to develop traditions that are slow to change. This is particularly true in law schools, which serve as a barrier to entry to the field of law just as much as they serve as a highway to entry for those candidates who meet their standards. There is little institutional desire to support the non-traditional student who is unable to attend class in residence for three years, or who is seeking just the knowledge and not necessarily the diploma.
  • California is Different. California offers access to the practice of law in ways that are less rigid than the methods offered by other states. It is the only state which offers bar eligibility via distance education at a California State approved and registered law school. Yet once a student has become a California lawyer through an alternative method, he or she can qualify to become a lawyer in another state through a straightforward process taking that bar exam as a California lawyer. R.C.D.U. graduates will also be eligible to practice in all federal courts. A California bar student has to travel to California to take the First Year Law School Exam FYLSX and the General Bar Exam GBX
  • American Legal Degrees are Different. Until the 1960s, the Letter of Laws Bachelor was the postgraduate degree required to be eligible to take a state bar exam in most of the United States. Then throughout America, the title of the standard degree was changed to Juris Doctor, even though the actual education was largely unchanged. But the United Kingdom and its former colonies, from Australia to India to Zimbabwe, retain the Letter of Laws Bachelor as their standard degree. The lack of the title “Doctor” on the degree prevents even the best Oxford or Cambridge graduate from working as a lawyer in the United States until a year is spent at an American law school to earn the Juris Doctor. There is a way around this artificial barrier, but you will not find it at Harvard or UCLA.
  • Computer Tablet Education Technology can Support Distance Learning. How exciting that our students receive the absolute state of the art technology for learning. It is about time. The best of live lectures and laptop I-PAD technology. While law schools may be set in their belief that the classroom is the only proper location to receive lectures in law, nontraditional students may be quite content to see and hear the distinguished lecturer’s wisdom in prerecorded video form on a tablet computer while drinking latte at the coffee shop or in the comfort of home. We call it Law School in a tablet. Wireless technology also makes it possible for a student at the reservation to ask a technical question and have it answered almost immediately by his or her professor wherever situated.
  • Efficiency can be Profitable. Applied appropriately, technology can allow the same information to be packaged in slightly different ways for widely disparate purposes and markets. If you need to know the meaning of habeas corpus, it doesn’t matter whether you are preparing for your first pop quiz in your first law course, or if you are preparing for the bar exam after three grueling years of study at Stanford. So the same, detailed, prerecorded explanation of habeas corpus is equally appropriate in an introductory law class or in a bar exam cram course. And once you have converted the prerecorded lecture to digital format, the cost of reproduction is negligible, while the price charged for each consumer-student is considerable. R.C.D.U. would be the only the law school which offers law students to audit any course again at no cost to the student.
  • Cambridge University is Cooperating. Oxford University has extended its 1st invitation to R.C.D.U. for the Summer 2015. Raymond C. Dabney University [R.C.D.U.] education partner has established a program through which law students may travel to England to attend short courses at Cambridge University and/or Oxford University. The prestige value of such a partnership is considerable. The course is offered in the Spring of each calendar year at Cambridge and in the Summer at oxford University. Members and staff of R.C.D.U. have attended at least five of these programs previously.
  • Other Law Schools are Cooperating. R.C.D.U. would offer to its law students participation in the Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) program, developed by Harvard University and the University of Minnesota. Throughout his or her education with R.C.D.U., a student has the right to ask online nationally-respected law professors to explain difficult questions. This is the same service used by Harvard’s own students and by all 100 of the top 100 law schools in the nation. R.C.D.U. is proud to be an invitee of this educational service.

What other factors need to be considered?

While the educational niches to be filled by Raymond C. Dabney University Inc. go far beyond education in law, the core of the work to date by its subsidiary companies has involved the study of law. So it is important to a member to understand the way legal education is presented in the United States today.

What bar exams are needed?

In general, a person must pass a state’s General Bar Examination (GBX) to practice courtroom law, California Courts and the United States Federal Courts. In most states, there are three ways to qualify to take this exam:

  • Attend classroom courses for three years at a “brick and mortar” (B&M) law school approved by the American Bar Association (ABA) and graduate with a Juris Doctor (JD) degree. Every state has at least one ABA-approved law school, and there are 176 such schools in the United States. Admission standards usually include having a Bachelor’s degree and achieving a high score on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). Every ABA law school has a waiting list for admission. Openings are often tightly controlled and highly competitive; rejection notices are common. The annual tuition is usually between $30,000 to $50,000, sometimes more at prestigious law schools, plus room and board.
  • Attend classroom courses for four years at R.C.D.U., typically on alternate weekends, on the local campuses from a state-registered law school and graduate with a Juris Doctor. Take the California Bar Examination and practice in Federal Courts, California. A lawyer can then take the bar exam in the desired state as a California lawyer. (subject to that state’s rules and regulations) The cost of this legal education is 1/5 of the typical traditional institutions of higher learning as can be gleaned from the proposed Budget set forth infra.
  • Receive R.C.D.U. credit for work as an apprentice to a federal court practicing attorney. While this was common 75 years ago, it is extremely rare today and it works. Those that believe in true legal apprenticeship believe that “Riding a bike is preferred to reading a book on how to ride a bike.”
  • Take correspondence or online courses for four years from Raymond C. Dabney University (R.C.D.U.) and graduate with a Juris Doctor. As with most private night/weekend law schools, there is no requirement for the applicant to have a Bachelor’s degree or to take the LSAT.
  • Passing the bar exam in California makes you a California lawyer. It does not make you a lawyer in Wyoming or Massachusetts or any other state. But once you have passed the bar and become a lawyer in California, you have met the main qualification to take almost any other state’s bar exam. (The exceptions are Louisiana—with laws based upon the French Napoleonic Code, not English Common Law—Rhode Island, Alaska, and South Carolina.) Each state may require that the California lawyer practice law for a period or have additional qualifications that must be met before taking its bar exam, but the key point is that the California education and bar exam are one route to becoming a lawyer in another state. So if you live in North Dakota on a Sioux Reservation and want to practice law in North Dakota, there are essentially two ways to do it:
    • Study to get a high score on the Law School Admission Test [LSAT]; save up $100,000 for tuition and living expenses; quit your job; move to a major city of 1,000,000+ people where most law schools are located; attend a three-year, in-residence, ABA-approved law school to earn your Juris Doctor; and take the North Dakota Bar Examination.

      OR

    • Obtain a R.C.D.U. tablet computer from us and then study on your own to earn your Juris Doctor; take the California Bar Examination to become a California lawyer; practice in Federal Court; and then apply to take the North Dakota Bar Examination. And do this at absolutely no cost to the law student.

What is the 1st Year Law School Examination (F.Y.L.S.X)?

Students in California four-year law schools such as Raymond C. Dabney University or online, are required to take one exam that is not required at ABA-approved law schools. This is the First Year Law Student Examination, FYLSX, more commonly known as the Baby Bar Exam. Testing is offered twice a year, in June and October, at one location in Northern California and one location in Southern California. Passing this exam is a requirement before taking upper level courses or taking the General Bar Exam.

What about the curricula and testing procedures?

It should now be clear that residence law school programs, night/weekend law school programs, correspondence law school programs, and bar exam cram courses all share a common attribute: They cover the same material. That material may be packaged in different books with different titles, and there may be minor variations in the way it is presented or the emphasis selected by a particular school or professor, but it is indeed the same material much of the time.

R.C.D.U. has exploited this fact by developing computer-based materials that can be repackaged for various applications. For example, the same core program for Criminal Law, including video lectures and practice exams, can be tweaked with minor adjustments for course title, review subject, name of the law school, time allowed for course completion, encryption of test answers until after the test is taken, encryption of course material until tuition has been paid, number of sample multiple choice or essay questions, etc., and used as:

  • A bar exam tool.
  • A residence law school supplement to classroom instruction.
  • A weekend law school supplement to classroom instruction.
  • A complete distance education law school in a laptop course that does not need telephone wires to operate.
  • A complete elective course for a residence, night, or correspondence student who may or may not be a law student.

Is it true that students will have state of the art technology when studying at R.C.D.U.?

The platform is a tablet computer running Microsoft Windows. The basic screen layout has the lecturer video running in the upper left quarter of the screen, a Microsoft Power Point presentation of chalkboard-type supplemental material in the upper right quarter of the screen, and a working area for the student in the bottom half of the screen. At any time, the student can stop the lecture, go back, speed forward, etc. He can type class notes in the working area, and even cut-and-paste supplemental material from the upper right screen Power Point slides into his working area. He or she then sends the quiz or exam to the main office via their cell phone. Wireless technology at its best.

This instructional system is known as PELT—Portable Education Laptop Technology and developed by R.C.D.U. Inc.. It should be noted that this is a world famous computer based education delivery system.

One feature of the PELT is the ability to restrict access to encrypted course materials. The fingerprint digital key needed to unlock a specific block of material may only be sent to the student over the Internet once a particular event occurs. This can be useful in many ways. For example, a detailed explanation of the answers to a test might be locked from the student until after the test is taken. In general, all of the course materials are accessible immediately, as there is only a one-time payment for the system and there are no tests administered by the school.

R.C.D.U. provides the course materials in the appropriate format and Apple Computer takes care of technical details such as encryption. Apple delivers the laptop PC directly to the student and provides continuing worldwide technical support. If a PC is damaged or otherwise malfunctions, the student returns the PC to R.C.D.U. and it is either repaired or replaced with an equivalent laptop PC and the same course ware, encryption system, unlocked software, etc.

What is CLEP?

The College-Level Examination Program® (CLEP) enables a student to receive college credit for knowledge gained through life experience as well as the classroom. Across the country, 2,900 colleges—including Raymond C. Dabney University—grant credit and/or advanced standing for students who pass CLEP exams. Many students take special cram courses or study commercial programs to prepare to take these important exams. R.C.D.U. plans to extend its PELT offerings to include CLEP preparation tools. A successful CLEP examinee; or an AA degree holder; or a student with 60+ general education semester credits can immediately enroll as a law student at R.C.D.U. Enrollment is bi-monthly.

Why is R.C.D.U. willing to provide this educational service?

R.C.D.U. faculty and administration believe that they are performing a noble educational service. Education is power. Education is independence. R.C.D.U. will be just as excited as the tribal chiefs and other financially challenged parents. When the 1st law school graduates pass the bar examination. But, make no mistake, R.C.D.U. will derive huge educational satisfaction in knowing that it will be producing law graduates who otherwise would have never been able to overcome the remaining financially barrier that Raymond C. Dabney has made his mission to provide ie: an affordable legal education regardless of one's financial challenges. Our business is education, but we often diverge from the terminology developed over centuries by educators who seem ashamed to admit they are paid for their noble work. We are proud of our ability to treat our tribal members so well that they recommend our services to their fellow tribes. We teach our students that “only you can make your dreams take flight. Just consider us your flight school.”

How does the student benefit from R.C.D.U.?

Benefits Include:

  • Law Study is Just the Beginning. One may query, how many individuals will have an interest in becoming a lawyer or studying law? The answer does not lie in the numbers, but in the OPPORTUNITY to become a lawyer. R.C.D.U. presently has a fully operational law school with live classes; on video in a tablet computer. R.C.D.U. also has a School of Business, not yet pre-loaded in a laptop computer, but scheduled to be so configured. R.C.D.U. has the vessel to expand to other disciplines such as Certification, Associate of Arts, Bachelors, Masters and Doctorate programs. The possibilities are endless. Law study is just the beginning.
  • Jobs for Graduates. There is a high demand for lawyers that needs to be filled.

How do you address the need for legal education and other academic disciplines in today's society?

There are additional reasons why the classroom law program is attractive. Judges often lack formal legal education; most have never passed a bar exam or graduated from law school. A better comparison would be to a justice of the peace than to a county judge. There is good reason to believe that if these judges were able to improve their own legal education through Raymond C. Dabney University, the quality of justice would also be improved.

  • Education in Other Fields.
    Education in business administration is another area of potential benefit to students. Following the precedents established with the law program, The Law Program might actively pursue similar educational services in the business administration career field.
  • Business School et. al.
    R.C.D.U. also has programs in Business Administration, currently the Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration (BABA); the Master of Business Administration (MBA); and the Doctor in Business Administration [DBA]. R.C.D.U. plans to have more programs for in the near future. Other logical disciplines include:
    • LAW
    • BUSINESS
    • INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
    • ECONOMICS
    • PRIVATE INVESTIGATION
    • PARALEGAL
    • FINE ARTS
    • SOCIAL ARTS
    • HISTORY
    • CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY CERTIFICATIONS (Welding, Electrical, Carpentry, Automotive, Etc.)
    • TRANSPORTATION CERTIFICATIONS (Truck-Driving School, Warehouse Management, Etc.)

CONCLUSION: R.C.D.U. and its partners in education have provided a tremendous opportunity both in law and business to provide Bachelor's, Masters and Doctorates to everyone who wants to take advantage of this opportunity!

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