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Law Students => Bar Exam Preparation => Topic started by: Nathaniel on July 10, 2012, 09:46:35 AM

Title: Do you have to go to law school?
Post by: Nathaniel on July 10, 2012, 09:46:35 AM
If I want to become a lawyer, can I forego law school and simply take the Bar Exam?
Title: Re: Do you have to go to law school?
Post by: IrrX on July 10, 2012, 04:37:38 PM
It depends on where you are. I know Washington state (http://www.wsba.org/Licensing-and-Lawyer-Conduct/Admissions/Limited-Licenses-and-Special-Programs/Non-Lawyers-and-Students/Law-Clerk-Program) has a program for studying under a practicing lawyer in good standing as a path to taking the bar, but not sure where else.
Title: Re: Do you have to go to law school?
Post by: Cher1300 on July 11, 2012, 11:43:11 AM
I believe California does too.  If you work for a lwyer for five years you can take the bar.
Title: Re: Do you have to go to law school?
Post by: SoCalLawGuy on September 14, 2012, 11:19:10 AM
I didn't know that was possible. I'm trying to get into law school as soon as possible because I want to learn as much as I can, I had no idea you could take the BAR just like that.
Title: Re: Do you have to go to law school?
Post by: cooley3L on September 14, 2012, 01:22:43 PM
I didn't know that was possible. I'm trying to get into law school as soon as possible because I want to learn as much as I can, I had no idea you could take the BAR just like that.
you can't reread the posts. (other steps involved, harder than just attending lawschool) The shadowing involves first finding a lawyer willing to take you (good  luck) and then still having to take the fybx(almost no one passes it) and still having to turn in essays to the Courts for review.

You'd be better off just attending lawschool.
Title: Re: Do you have to go to law school?
Post by: SaraJean on September 15, 2012, 08:52:22 PM
It depends on where you are. I know Washington state (http://www.wsba.org/Licensing-and-Lawyer-Conduct/Admissions/Limited-Licenses-and-Special-Programs/Non-Lawyers-and-Students/Law-Clerk-Program) has a program for studying under a practicing lawyer in good standing as a path to taking the bar, but not sure where else.

The jurisdictions are listed in the ABA Guide to Bar Requirements.  They start on PDF pg.20 of the 2011 edition.  The supplemental remarks after the chart are quite interesting.
http://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/migrated/legaled/publications/20110201_Comp_Guide.authcheckdam.pdf (http://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/migrated/legaled/publications/20110201_Comp_Guide.authcheckdam.pdf)