... in fact, if you look in the yellow pages you will find a bunch of crappy lawyers who passed the bar.
Since a majority of them come from ABA approved schools, we agree that ABA certification doesn't really act as an effective screening device for the ultimate quality of the lawyer?
I do agree that for whether logical or not, the school name will carry weight. Ultimate, you hope that competence will win the day, even if it is an up hill fight.
Agreed. I would argue, however, that the percentage of crappy lawyers graduated from a particular institution increases as you slide down the scale of selectivity in admissions. So I wouldn't say that the generalizations one draws from the school's name is totally illogical on the whole. Although, as with any stereotype, a given species from within the genus might defy the presumption.
...here's what I found on the selectivity (from the NOVUS site)
A Bachelor's degree is not required for JD Law Admission. The Law School requires only one of the following to be admitted to Novus Law SchoolSchool of Law:
An Associate’s Degree or
60 semester units or
Passed School Exam or
Five years professional or technical management or administrative experience
I am not sure exactly what "passed school exam" means, but I suppose it is some sort of competency test. Then again, maybe not, as it seems that you could work a part time gig answering phones for a couple years and have the requisite qualifications.