Sunday, November 13, 2011


Which is worse than listening to legal advice from someone who knows nothing or listening to someone who knows just enough to get you in trouble?

Everyone has heard that anyone that represents himself in court has a fool for an attorney, but in a day and time when scam artists are looking to make an almighty buck there is other ways to made a fool of. Liberty Dispatch has become aware of two trends in the area of law where people are being fooled. One has been around for decades - people that learn a little law and a little law jargon and use it to convince people they are something they are not. That can be dangerous if you follow their legal advice or get involved in their business based on their “expertise”. But in these changing times fake cyberspace law schools is a new phenomenon.

A fake law degree is not that difficult to earn these days if you know where to look. The internet is filled with so many so-called online universities that offer a wide variety of courses, including baccalaureate and post-graduate education. Not all, but definitely some of these schools are known to operate mainly as diploma mills where fake diplomas are issued. Usually these schools adopt names that you would readily think were real universities – appealing to people looking for classes with historical or religious sounding names.

A good example of this is Kingsfield University, one of 18 illegal schools that operated from 1998 up to 2003. During that time, the university was known to have given out a variety of fake diplomas, including those for baccalaureate and post-graduate degrees and maybe even a fake law degree until the Federal Trade Commission finally shut it down four years ago.

If you are thinking of pursuing a law title through online schools, you should not really find it hard to tell if you are dealing with a virtual scam for which you might end up having a fake law degree. You can start by checking out the school website and its contents. If it appears like a relatively small school, and yet it boasts of a rather large number of colleges, including a law school, then it might be one big diploma mill where a fake law degree will be given out. Often, a legally-operating online school will carry vital information like address, phone number, and even the names of its faculty staff. These are the data that you should look out for. In addition, you should also try to find out if the online school has proper accreditations. If it has legal status, then expect it to list down its regional accrediting agency.

Diploma mills started operating around the middle portion of the 1990′s, amassing profits of about $200 million and became even more popular when the internet assumed worldwide prominence. You could easily get any kind of diploma from these mills, including a fake law degree.


Anonymous said...

Deception and corruption has no limits for some people.

Anonymous said...

This kind of stuff can get bad. People impersonating a doctor doing surgery and stuff like that.

Anonymous said...

Somebody ought to check and make sure Wes Hinch has a real law degree. He does not have any real guts.

Anonymous said...

Is Chris Minx a real bull rider or is he just full of bullsh*t? Have they put his big fat mouth on a diet or what?

Anonymous said...

Is that Baker man still going to try and convince Chambers County he is now a Republican? Talk about fake!

Anonymous said...

Wake up one day and run for Supreme Court Justice of Texas and not even have a law degree.....tsk,tsk,tsk. That is called starting at the top.

Anonymous said...

Wasn't there a MASH episode on this subject, where a fake doctor ended up as fake priest?

Come to think of it, I remember the older version of diploma mills: the "life experience doctorates." Basically, you could document that you had been alive, and the school would certify (for several large bills, as their fee) that you had creditable experience, and therefore grant you a doctorate for (literally) having life experience!

You could get:
a doctorate in business, because you had been in a business (had a job).

A doctor of ministry, because you had seen, or been in, a church.

A doctor of education, because you had seen a school, and been in one, (solely for gradeschool years)!

A doctorate in psychology, because you had seen so much, and knew so much! (therefore, you qualified to be a counselor to others)

Hopefully, they didn't hand out the doctorate of pharmacy (because you had taken a pill before,) of the Doctor of Medicine (because you could spell the words clinic and patient)!! These latter two, could be lethal to your customers.

Anonymous said...

diploma mills? Life Experience?
Who are you kidding?

This ain't a new concept... (every editor, radio station, and school takes a mere, unlicensed, untrained, ""warm body,"" and makes them:

* a published reporter,

* on-the-air disc jockey (news reporter), or

* a "highly qualified" teacher-

all entrusted with your minds, your eyes, your ears, and your kids!!!)

How ELSE do you think that people, with no grammar or proof reading skills, got (or stayed) in the newspaper profession!!!

In fact, the same ludicrous system makes LC people into city managers, chamber CEO's, mayors, local building inspectors, economic development "experts", unity committee members, school boards, school administrators, pd chiefs, and city judges!!!

(I'll be happy to name names and get down to cases... Moreover, I believe that every one of them can be adequately demonstrated, without leaving the city limits!)