Distance law schools may work for you.
Virtually every law school utilizes the same books and curriculum, so what makes a difference is how hard a student works towards learning the law,” said Chuck Katz from Washington State in U.S. News & World Report article June 7, 2012. “Becoming an accomplished attorney can be achieved whether one attends Harvard University, Yale University or Concord”online law school. After graduating from an distance law school, Katz passed the tough California bar on the first attempt.
High-powered law firms still prefer the traditional in-person law schools, though. But we’re talking about “possibility” for many students–they can’t
- afford a traditional law school
- pull up stakes and move to a a traditional law school
- quit their job to study during typical law school hours
- abandon parental duties but want to study at night
So why not get in on the ground floor as the elevator begins to move up, especially now that a special national commission designed to solve the current law school crisis has recommended a host of changes to the law school format. They certainly have ruffled feathers suggesting:
- law school be shortened to 2 years
- law school teach more practice and less theory
- law education devise curriculum to graduate “legal technicians” — more than a paralegal and less than a trial lawyer
- law schools reduce tuition
- allowing undergrad juniors into law school
- simplifying and relaxing accreditation
“We are going to look at everything from scratch,” said Laurel G. Bellows, a Chicago lawyer and the president of the American Bar Association, quoted in a New York Times article Feb. 10, 2013. “We have to keep everything on the table.”
Check your state’s requirements for admission to the bar exam before enrolling online!