“I Have a Juris Doctor in Law…I’ve Never Practiced”

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Welcome to the next interview in our interview series where travel bloggers share their insights on having Big Travel with Small Money!

Miles & Points Interview:   Matthewriter

Matthew started Matthewriter to write about his travel and share budget travel tips.

And he’s giving away a $25 Amazon gift card!

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Bears on Matt’s Trip to the Katmai Peninsula, Alaska – 2014

How and when did you start collecting miles and points?

I started collecting miles with a American Express Delta card sign-up bonus in 2008.  Before that, I accumulated miles, but rarely enough for a free flight.  I didn’t collect hotel points until 2013.

Why did you start your blog?  What’s special about it?

I started my blog to relate travel stories and tips.  I’ve always loved exploring new places.  I’m thankful I’ve had the opportunity to travel widely.

I hope to set my blog apart by telling colorful stories, taking the reader to a certain locale.  Two articles featured Jerusalem and Athens, and the next is on the Sinai Peninsula.

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Imerovigli, Santorini, Greece – 2011

What’s the one single thing people can do to get more miles?

Sign-up for credit card offers.  The less obvious is make every purchase with a rewards-earning credit cardBe strategicPlan it out.

What’s your most memorable travel experience?

Wandering the streets of Jerusalem.  It’s an enchanting place.

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Western Wall, Old City, Jerusalem – 2009

What do your family and friends think of your miles & points hobby?

I’m passionate.  They look to my guidance.  My father has collected longer than me.

Is there any tool or trick which you’ve found especially useful in this hobby?

Reading blogs on miles and points for the latest deals and promotions.  Million Mile Secrets was the 1st blog I turned to for advice.  Enroll in loyalty programs.  They’re free and rewarding.

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Highway 1, California Coast –  2014

What was the least expected way you’ve earned miles or points?

An American Express agent asked if she could give me bonus Starwood points for my loyalty.

What do you now know about collecting miles and points which you wish you knew when you started out?

Buy every item or service with a rewards earning credit card.  Each purchase has a specific card that will maximize rewards.  Don’t pay cash unless it means significant savings.  Pay credit card bills on time.

What would your readers be surprised to know about you?

I have a Juris Doctor (JD) in Law.  I’ve never practiced.

Travel is my joie de vivre (joy of living).

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Winter Sunrise, Missouri River, Fort Pierre, South Dakota – 2014

Any parting words?

Enjoy this hobby.  It’s worth your time.

Matthew – Thanks for sharing your thoughts on having Big Travel with Small Money!

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10 responses to ““I Have a Juris Doctor in Law…I’ve Never Practiced”

  1. “I have a (JD) Juris Doctor in law.” Hmm, is there such a thing as a JD in anything but law? It seems like it’s the equivalent of saying “I have an (MD) Medical Doctorate in medicine.” Makes me a little suspicious of the academic claim.

  2. I love how concise this guy is.

  3. @McMunch

    JDs are for law. However you must also be admitted to the bar in the state you wish to practice. Without admission to the bar even with the degree you can’t practice law. In addition recently is a really bad time to be an attorney economically.

    Source: wife is an attorney but that’s not her day job. She is in the bar and does practice pro-bono law.

  4. What do you now know about collecting miles and points which you wish you knew when you started out?

    Buy every item or service with a rewards earning credit card. Each purchase has a specific card that will maximize rewards. Don’t pay cash unless it means significant savings. Pay credit card bills on time

    Really? You didn’t know not to use cash. That is pretty much common sense.

  5. @McMunch

    I was about to post the same exact thing!!!!

    Most likely, he didn’t take or pass a bar exam.

  6. @McMunch, etc.

    also…. under “About” at his website, Matthew claims “‘I’ve labored at law firms…” But, according to this post, he has “never practiced”

    This seems at best, clumsy. at worst, very shady

  7. I’ve labored at law firms as a Paralegal, Legal Assistant, and Research Assistant. I graduated from the University of South Dakota School of Law in 2005. A JD is always in Law, but it clarified the sentence. I take no offense.

  8. Thank you, Matthew. I read over your blog and I think you have a lot of great stuff. I’m looking forward to reading your posts in the future. Best of luck

  9. If his legal briefs were so concise no wonder he never practiced law or passed the bar. Gotta be able to formulate more than 3-4 sentences that are the equivalent of restating each one. 🙂

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