California Correspondence Law School?
Q: Does anyone know if there is any correspondence law school that is accredited?
A:Considering that one of the requirements for an accredited law school is that they have a library of a certain minimum content that is open to the public during normal hours, I sincerely doubt there are accredited correspondence law schools. Not that all states require you attend an accredited law school. Check your state's requirements. There are several in California. You can find them in "Bear's Guide to Non-Traditional Education. You would need to practice in California for five years before seeking reciprocity in most states. Do any require you to do so? I was talking to a lawyer who was representing me on a matter here in Colorado and he indicated that all you really needed to do was to pass the bar exam. Now if you can do that without going to law school fine but I wonder how many people can do that. If you cannot graduate with a JD and, degreee in hand, sit the bar of the state of your choosing, then they are not most probably not ABA accredited. "Good legal education for state X" does not equal "ABA accredited" -- states are free to set their minimal requirements for legal education institutions quite independently of the AB
A: California has eight. I found out by phoning the California Bar Association in San Francisco. They mailed me a brochure. I'm pretty sure that California is the only state which will allow a graduate of a non-ABA accredited law school to take the bar exam. I've studied a few cases where California graduates of non- accredited-by-the-ABA schools were denied the right to take the bar in other states. They all lost their challenges and could not practice. The intent is to protect the "profession" and keep out as many people as possible. Their strategy obviously failed to keep the numbers down. Massachusetts is another state which accredits its own law schools, and allows graduates of Massachusetts-accredited law schools to sit for the Massachusetts bar examination, regardless of the schools' ABA accreditation. I wouldn't be surprised if this is true of other states as well. He neglected to mention that in order to sit for the bar in Colo. (as with most other states), you must also have 1) graduated with a J.D. degree from an
A: accredited law school, or 2) been licensed and practiced in another state for five years. Thus, 5 years of experience practicing law elsewhere is considered equivalent to graduation from an
A: accredited law school. And note that at least in Colo., you can waive in (i.e. get admitted to the bar without taking the requisite bar examination tests) after practicing five years elsewhere, IF YOU GRADUATED FROM AN ABA ACCREDITED LAW SCHOOL. As pointed out above, 5 years practicing w/o the ABA accredited J.D. only buys you the opportunity to sit for the bar.
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