Originally Posted by Dumpy Dooby
There's something like four States that allow one to challenge the bar, i.e., take the bar exam without going through law school. There are also other conditions that must be met, like certain number of hours working at a law firm or in a judge's chambers, before one can actually take the exam. I think programs like these for any field are an excellent idea. This also alleviates the "hatred against poor people" argument. Here in California, for example, pretty much anyone can become a lawyer if that's their calling in life. They just have to be dedicated to it.
I don't disagree. If you can pass the exam without wasting 3 years and hundreds of thousands of dollars in law school, the more power to you. Apprenticing oneself in a law office or with a judge worked well for many years, so why so many people think such a track wouldn't work now is beyond me. In fact, I think that might actually teach a student more skills, like how to actually practice law, that law school really doesn't teach you. It shouldn't be surprising that so many firms have to retrain many associates how to actually practice.
I think it comes down to the fact that the ABA, the law school industrial complex, and state bars like the virtual monopoly cash-cow system they have going on right now and will fight any attempt to reform it. Or, maybe I am just too cynical.