Illinois law degrees online are a matter of not falling prey to $100,000 debt. Traditional law schools ramped up tuition exponentially during lawyers’ heyday of the 90’s and early part of 2,000. But law jobs market busted — not only due to the recession; internet has played its part in providing many legal forms and outsourcing options for many services.
Today, too many students are paying top dollar for top schools and not finding top jobs because there are far fewer. A lot of freshly-minted lawyers are working retail. Some, in coffee shops. Others have sued their schools for providing misleading job statistics.
In response to the current crisis, Chicago’s own Northwestern University Law School voluntarily reduced its law student population 10% in 2013. This is NOT a noble sacrifice done for the good of its students. By cutting back student population, the school gets less money (short term) but gets better bar passage rate, which in turn raises its ranking and justifies higher tuition (more money in the long term).
The nationwide trend at cutting law student population is a bandage where major surgery is needed. What needs to happen is overhaul to the ABA’s accreditation, which obliges law schools to charge astronomical tuitions to comply with requirements designed more to line professor’s pocket than help the students. Under current ABA rules, a low cost law school is unsustainable.
Only California pays no heed to the burdensome ABA accreditation, allowing all law school students, including online ones, to take the bar. (Like most states, Illinois “bars you from the bar” if you didn’t go to an ABA approved law school.) Never mind that Abraham Lincoln taught himself law in his poor log cabin. Today, he would be prohibited from even giving it a try by the ABA’s henchmen.
You would think that someone among these brilliant analytical minds could find the solution. There are not too many lawyers; in fact, there is a scarcity of lawyers for the poor of our country, with 80% of poor without law service. No lawyer can serve the poor because, unless he’s making $250 an hour, he can’t pay back his student loan.
But instead of loosening accreditation to produce lawyers who can afford to serve the poor, incoming ABA president James Silkenat will try to set up apprenticeship programs to put beginning lawyers at the service of the poor. His efforts provide no long term help and reinforce the current law school tuition structure.
The insanity must end sometime.
Illinois law degrees online make sense because they are:
- substantially cheaper than brick and mortar schools (as much as one-sixth the cost)
- flexible and convenient (you receive classes in your home at the hour you wish)
- cutting edge (with technology you access law libraries, professors and fellow students)
Until the backwards-thinking top lawyers allow all comers to take the bar (with or without ABA accreditation), you can only take the bar in California and practice there five years before applying to take the Illinois bar “by motion.”
In the video, Kyle McEntee from Law School Transparency exposes the damage done by U.S. News & World Report’s law school ranking to law education. Law schools no longer aim to serve the country but manipulate data to rise in ranking. This in turn draws more students, which makes more money in tuition for the schools.
Illinois law degrees online have a bright future, if only the comrades of the law professors would act on behalf of the state’s population and not on behalf of their buddies.