Law School Opens Door To Qualified Veterans, Free Law Degree

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Free Law Degree Mitchell Hamline

One Minnesota law school just opened its doors to veterans in a bold, new way. Mitchell Hamline School of Law will now allow veterans to get a free law degree.

According to the school’s website, veterans qualified for law school who are also eligible for Post 9/11 GI Bill Yellow Ribbon Program can attend for free. The school changed its policy to allow the free education.  only contribute $1,000 to tuition before.

Before, they would only contribute $1,000 to tuition. This was a rather insignificant amount since the school if private, costing around $40,000 per year.

Now, with a combination of funds between VA, the Yellow Ribbon Program, and Mitchell Hamline, those students can attend free… well, kind of.

(I’ll explain that later)

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According to the news release on their website:

President and Dean Mark C. Gordon says Mitchell Hamline is pleased to be able increase its support for veterans.

“We all owe a great debt to everyone serving our country,” Gordon says. “This is a small way to help in showing our gratitude.”

Sarah Hogfoss of Fargo, N.D., served in the U.S. Army from 2009 to 2012. When Hogfoss, 35, starts her second year at Mitchell Hamline this fall, her tuition and fees will be paid for.

“I’m really happy with this change,” Hogfoss says. “I won’t have to take out additional student loans to cover the remaining balance of my tuition, and I won’t have to pay out-of-pocket tuition for J-term and summer courses.”

According to Mitchell Hamline Assistant Director of Financial Aid Nick Anderson, this arrangement is available to any eligible full-time student veteran. While other private law schools around the country offer to match VA funds to pay veterans’ full tuition and fees, many restrict how many students are eligible.

“Many schools have a cap on the number of students they will offer this to,” Anderson says. “Some also have an application process that is first-come, first-served, so only early applicants get the benefit. We want to maximize every eligible student’s benefit, since it is a benefit they have earned.”

This is certainly good news for some veterans, and I hope some reading this website take the opportunity to look into this option.

Not So Fast – Veterans Will Be Debt Free

My good friend Brian Lewis, a lawyer who graduated from Mitchell Hamline, wanted to clarify that the school is not really providing anything “free”. The degree is actually paid for by your benefits that you earned – – the school is not waiving its tuition by any stretch of the imagination.

So, being a good lawyer, Lewis helped delineate what the school is really doing. Veterans who attend, who also have Yellow Ribbon entitlement / GI Bill entitlement, will not have to pay out of pocket.

Here is what Lewis had to say in our Facebook group, Disabled Veterans – Chapter 31 VocRehab:

Yes, folks, they are also the only ABA-accredited law school in the country that offers a hybrid JD program. For regionally located folks, their weekend program also offers options. While those enrollment options will not qualify you under Yellow Ribbon, because you cannot attend for 12 credits (full time) in those programs, they are also a valuable way to make law school attainable.

Also be aware that the school does have limiting language as to under what circumstances they will waive tuition. “Starting this fall semester, veterans eligible for the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill© Yellow Ribbon Program will have their Mitchell Hamline School of Law education paid for in full. Veterans who served at least three years in active duty since Sept. 11, 2001, and who attend law school full time, can have their tuition and fees fully covered by a combination of funds from the Department of Veterans Affairs, the VA’s Yellow Ribbon Program, and Mitchell Hamline.” Therefore, you must be using Chapter 33 GI Bill (not MGIB) AND must meet their TIS requirements.

I attended the law school at the University of Minnesota as an out of state student, making my tuition bill (or rather, the one paid by VocRehab) around $45,000 per year at the time.

Being A Lawyer Is Awesome

I personally love being an attorney, and being able to fight for the rights of my clients against wrongful denials of benefits by VA adjudicators and counselors.

None of this would have been possible for me without funding from Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment (VocRehab). Now, veterans unable to secure funding from VocRehab will still have the same result using their GI Bill funds.

The benefit of having law school paid for is huge. Most new lawyers are also buried under a mounting of debt, sometimes over $200,000. This means normal new lawyers are stuck paying $3,000 per month for up to a decade or more.

That is a huge house payment.

So imagine your options when you graduate law school without any debt at all? The possibilities are endless, and you will not have to take a crap corporate lawyer job to cover your enormous debt.

Instead, you can focus on veterans rights law or any other area of law you choose. Going to school free is a huge liberator of minds and missions.

I hope some of you check it out.

Thanks to Tom Bruize for finding this for me, today.

Source: http://mitchellhamline.edu/news/2017/06/07/eligible-veterans-can-attend-mitchell-hamline-for-free-starting-in-the-fall/

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Crazy elf
Crazy elf

This is something I believe y’all need to know about! It concerns the “illegal spying on American Citizens”!
From: “End Times Prophesy”
“Brother Jim Reporting”
via: “Fox News” with Sean Hannity.
Dated: June 11,2017 (17:14 min long)
Titled:
“The Lawsuit Of The Century Has Started!”

This illegal act by our government (FBI, CIA, etc.) is coming out into the open. It’s a violation of the 4th Amendment.
“20 million plus American Citizens have been “unmasked” due to this illegal activity.
If each page were to be stacked one on top of the other, it would reach a height of “…34 miles.”
Y’all have got to watch this utube video!

namnibor
namnibor

“Patriot Act” on steroids?

Crazy elf
Crazy elf

This article is from;
“The Military Advantage Blog”
By Tom Philpott
Dated: 9 June 2017
It’s a “military update!” on what “Shithead Shulkin” wants to do to veterans health care!
He’s still talking about getting rid of IU when vets reach retirement age of 62!

Read it, then comment, please!

Crazy elf
Crazy elf

What bothers me the most about Shulkin’s “talking point” about the IU issue is; in the article he admits he’s “…aware it…” [will plunge] “…veterans into POVERTY!”

Think about this for a minute.
“IF” he’s aware of the tens of thousands of veterans receiving IU, and through Social Security a minimum amount of monies, and he still doesn’t care enough to continue IU. Then he evidently doesn’t give a crap about veterans health!
Because, once a person’s income drops, as it will dramatically in many cases, their health also declines! That is a proven scientific evaluation.
If Shulkin were truly interested in helping veterans, he’d have the directors of VHA’s around our nation to stop spending taxpayers monies recklessly!
We on here have written about the massive waste, fraud and abuse committed by VA on so many levels. It’s unconscionable he can’t figure it out!
Plus, where are the VSO’s telling him how to save money! Is everyone “braindead?”

namnibor
namnibor

@Crazy elf- The only thing I can wrap my brain around with the bean counter Shulkin and his plan to take away IU from retiring Veterans is the VA wants to see those Veteran Suicide numbers to get back up there closer to 30 a day instead of 22.

I’m with you in that the VA could save the $$$ by ending their reckless spending and such, not on the back of Veterans while these asswipes will more than likely receive bonuses for how many extra Veterans they can get off IU and VA Comp.

We cannot and should not sit down and just let this happen.

Crazy elf
Crazy elf

I’ve got to ask a legal question.

My wife, (in the past she was registered in healthcare), has drawn up a list of medical problems, (and is having it notorized), she has noticed getting worse in the past 5 years, plus!
She wants my primary care physician to sign it and have it copied into my medical records!
Can y’all think of anything that could go wrong with this idea?
I’ve already said I don’t think my PCP will sign it! I also don’t believe it’ll get into my medical records!
On the other hand, I believe it’ll help me with putting in for more compensation on my service connected disabilities !?!?

What are your thoughts, brothers and sisters?

cj
cj

@Crazy elf: elf, you can have it inserted into your records, signed or not. If they refuse to make it part of your records, then ask to see the Chief of staff, and then it will become part of your record. I am sorry I can’t remember the person you have make it part of your record, it would be the same person you go to, to have your record corrected if your doctor made a mistake. 91 Veteran knows who, and what this dept is, but yeah, you can get it into your records. Instead of saying your doctor put it there, it will say, Veteran requested it be added.

cj
cj

Correction, it should read “can’t remember the person you have to see to make it part of your record,”

figure8fan
figure8fan

cj,
It is the Privacy Officer who makes the corrections on medical records. Crazy Elf, make sure they put it in so that you can see it if you want to download through the MyHealtheVet. I have had several items that get scanned into the system and all I see is a not stating “something” was scanned into the system. They may have scanned only part of what you want put in. I would think your PC would not sign it as that could be considered some type of responsibility and/or accountability. You know that will never happen. I say go for it. It would be something in black and white that states facts from someone who has knowledge in that area.
f8f

Lem
Lem

It can be uploaded whether your PCP signs it or not. And if your PCP won’t go to a private clinic, (spend the $75.00 and have a physician enter your wife’s list in a record. Get a copy of the visit record and upload that into your VA health record.

cj
cj

@Ex va: Hey Ex, how are you?

Ex va
Ex va

@cj, doing good. Lol.

cj
cj

@Ex va: Doing good as well. Rained all day, we have flood warnings now. I can’t believe how much everything grew in just a day, amazing.

Ex va
Ex va

@cj, how are you tonight?

Ex va
Ex va

@cj, i hope you are cutting yourself a little slack on getting this paperwork done. Don’t push yourself too much. You will get it done and it will be great.

cj
cj

@Ex va: Ex, did you ever install that “wire” app?

Ex va
Ex va

@cj, no i was in Paducah today. Let me see if i can do it now. Hang on.

Ex va
Ex va

It is not coming up with your name or i am doing something wrong.

cj
cj

@Ex va: Try cj59

ANutterVet
ANutterVet

u folks on wire?

cj
cj

@ANutterVet: Yes sir

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