Nebraska law school online is the uncelebrated future of law education. As lawyers come to grips with the new legal landscape and realize law’s heyday is over, a reshaping of legal education inevitably will include more online classes.
Currently there is no Nebraska law school online. Most of the online options are in California, which has been quick to embrace new technologies and allow online students to take its bar. Nebraska limits bar-takers to only graduates from ABA-approved law schools. That rules out online schools.
Mired in outmoded traditions from the 80s and 90s, the American Bar Association imposes so many requirements on its 200 accredited schools that they are forced to charge astronomical tuitions. Most private law school grads grapple with $100,000+ debt in student loans.
At the same time, 80% of America’s rural and poor population go unserved by lawyers, according to ABA estimates. This happens as a direct result of lawyers’ need to pay off debts by charging $250 an hour. The ABA accreditation process does benefits neither clients nor students. It benefits plush law schools and their wealthy professors.
While law jobs were booming, tuitions doubled since the year 2,000. But now the recession and the internet have popped the law bubble. Six-digit incomes are rare; law grads from elite schools abound. Creighton, like many schools nationwide, is attempting to redress this glut by limiting the number of students. Laudable? Not quite. Over the short term, they lose money. But by limiting their student population, they raise their bar passage rate, thus raising their ranking and drawing in more students (and more money) over the long term.
However, virtually no law school is addressing the real need: to lower tuition drastically. In essence, Nebraska and most states are preserving a monopoly by requiring ABA-accreditation to even to take the bar. (Wasn’t the bar the test to see if you could be a competent lawyer? So why exclude online law grads from taking the test?)
Joe Queenan of the Wall Street Journal compared law school tuition to a Nigerian scam. “This scheme promises its gullible victims immense wealth and a brilliant future. It promises jobs that don’t exist and careers that will never materialize. It offers degrees that are useless outside the state in which they were issued, and not much use inside. At the end of the line, the mark, often hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt, is left penniless.”
If you’re considering the Nebraska law school online, you need to examine your options:
- Take the bar in California
- Practice law in California
- Transfer to Nebraska after a few years by soliciting the bar “by motion”
- Fight to change the bar’s opposition to a Nebraska law school online
In reality, the online option is great because:
- It’s dramatically cheaper — up to one-sixth the price.
- It’s flexible and convenient. You watch your lecture when you can. You can rewind it and hear it again if there’s something you didn’t quite understand on the first pass.
- It involves state-of-the-art technology. You can access law libraries, professors and fellow students through email, video conference, chat, etc.
- Such classes have been wildly embraced by other academic disciplines, but the ABA looks like cavemen for rejecting it.
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