Pennsylvania law degrees online are the overlooked solution to the current law grad crisis. Applications to traditional law schools dove in 2013 because job prospects are limited, salaries are down, and tuitions have not come down in adjustment to these realities. Pennsylvania law degrees online, at a fraction of the cost, would be the answer, but stodgy state bar officials are more interested in protecting their colleagues’ monopolies.
Until sense dawns on state bar officials, students with Pennsylvania law degrees online are not allowed to even take the bar. Online schools are not approved by the American Bar Association, which foists extreme requirements on law schools, requirements that pad professors’ wallets, don’t help students and make a low-tuition law school untenable.
Pennsylvania law degrees online await approval
So what can you do? For now, you can only pass the California bar (which unlike 49 other states DOES ALLOW online law students to take its bar). Until bar regulations get revised, you’d have to practice five years in California and then make a motion to take Pennsylvania’s bar.
There’s a mismatch between the amounts law schools charge and the pay most graduates receive. It doesn’t work,” said James Leipold, executive director of the National Association for Law Placement, to Reuters February 2012.
Traditional law schools are addressing the high-debt/bad-job-market problem with their own (self-benefitting) solutions. The University of Pennsylvania Law School is following a national trend to offer work to its new grads (through its Wharton School with a focus to improve management skills). Such tactics boost law schools’ ranking with U.S. News & World Report and do nothing to reduce crushing debt with long-term, high-paying employment.
What the U. of Penn. is doing is putting a bandage on massive hemorraging. State bar officials must get out of the Dark Ages of education and embrace what other academic disciplines implemented long ago. ABA accreditation should ensure quality for the students, not perks for the professors.
Here’s a list of “registered” online law schools in California that can get you on your way to becoming a lawyer:
- Abraham Lincoln University School of Law
- American Heritage University
- American International School of Law
- California School of Law
- California Southern University
- Concord Law School
- International Pacific School of Law
- MD Kirk School of Law
- Northwestern California University School of Law
- Oak Brook College of Law and Government Policy
- Francis School of Law
- Taft Law School
- University of Honolulu School of Law (in Modesto, CA, in spite of its name)
As this video shows, traditional law schools have rushed to use online resources for their online law journals, faculty scholarship, and digital libraries. When will they allow students to study online?