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Question about LAW Schools.


#1

Hey i have a question to everyone that has some knowledge on this issue.

Say you attend a non ABA law school and after getting your juris doctor degree from there, you transfer to a ABA accredited school and finish your studies there and graduate with an LLM degree. Then, you'd take the BAR in the given state. IS this a good alternative path?

If anyone can shed some light on this for me i'd appreciate it.

NJ seems to have something about NOT being eligible for the bar even though you graduate from an aba approved school, IF part of your studies took place in a non ABA school. That seems stupid. According to this, i can be a lawyer and take the BAR in California (one of the toughest) but be completely ineligible in NJ?

Are there any stipulations about this?


#2

Each state has its own rules. I wouldn't mess around with a non-ABA school...why risk wasting the time and money?

Your particular state might require a JD from an ABA school...LLM be damned. Research the rules.

Some states allow you to take the bar without even going to law school, after studying with a lawyer for a period of years. That doesn't mean any other state has to grant you reciprocity with its bar.


#3

Yeah...unless the non ABA school is UC Irvine, I don't think this is the wisest thing to do...


#4

This is somewhat related and just proves that anything can be done if you put your mind to it. My cousin went through pre-med at a college in Louisiana but his grades weren't good enough to get into med school, so he went down to Grenada and went to Med School. Now he's a cardiologist at a prestigious Miami hospital. Just
goes to show you can start slow but come in first. Don't let anyone hold you back man !


#5

What happened to his classmates?


#6

wow!! good for your cuz.


#7

Great, that is real uplifting. The guy I might go to see about my heart wasn't smart enough to get into good medical schools, so he went to a B school, and is now working on my heart.

Awesome, first hemorrhoids now this shit...


#8

My dad did the same thing hah, had to go to Med school in Mexico. Had to become fluent in spanish before he could even take classes. Ended up becoming regional director of about 5 hospitals and now he owns his own business. Yah, he's a badass.


#9

Remember that anything that looks even remotely abnormal in your legal education is going to be scrutinized a hundredfold by teams of risk-adverse attorneys on hiring committees who split hairs on everything, 24/7.

OP's plan sounds like a good way to get preemptively excluded from a fair number of potential interviews.


#10

Some people who will be good doctors don't make it into good schools, much like some people who will be good lawyers don't make it into good law schools. Proof's in the pudding as they say. However, it doesn't change the fact that it's not a smart choice for (probably) a majority of people.


#11

I'm really just being a dickhead. I went to a state school and am now over people that paid 100G+ for the same education.

I really believe real world experience > school/book knowledge any day of the week. But you need the foundation that school provides to get the real world knowledge.


#12

Well...there you go.


#13

right or wrong, where you go to school opens up doors for you about where you work and what clients are attrcted to you. If you just want to open up your own shop or are highly specialized (such as IP law), where you go matters less. If you expect to get a corporate job or work in a large law firm, where you go matters more. the ceo at our last company only wanted ivy league grads. Its tough enough for grads from top schools right now. Grads from tier 3 and 4 schools are really suffering. you can do good in a local market if you go to a local tier 3 school, but not so good if you try in another state or region of the country.

there are always exception, but the odds are against you getting certain types of jobs if you gradualte from a tier 3 or 4 school.