From Paul L. Caron, TaxProf Blog:
LawSchoolNumbers.com ranks the 195 law schools by 1L attrition rates. (The ABA Section on Legal Education publishes aggregate attrition rates, and each school's attrition rate is available on its official ABA data sheet.) Here are the 25 law schools with the highest attrition rates according to LawSchoolNumbers.com, along with the school's 2009 U.S. News overall ranking:
1. Whittier (51.5% 1L attrition, #161 in U.S. News)
2. Touro (37.4%, #171)
3. Golden Gate (36.9%, #174)
4. Western State (32.6%, not ranked)
5. Jones School of Law (32.3%, not ranked)
6. Widener (30.5%, #179)
7. St. Thomas University (28.5%, #174)
8. Barry (27.6%, #181)
9. Liberty (27.1%, not ranked)
10. Thomas M Cooley (26.0%, #181)
11. Florida Coastal (23.7%, #171)
12. California Western (23.6%, #156)
13. Valparaiso (23.4%, #143)
14. Florida International (23.3%, #153)
15. Capital (22.8%, #161)
16. Louisville (22.5%, #100)
17. North Carolina Central (22.1%, #168)
18. Detroit Mercy (21.9%, $163)
19. Nova Southeastern (21.8%, #158)
20. Oklahoma City (21.0%, $168)
21. Willamette (21.0%, #137)
22. Western New England (20.7%, #171)
23. Northern Kentucky (20.2%, #156)
24. University of The District of Columbia (20.0%, #181)
25. Franklin Pierce (19.9%, #131)
With the economy and the over over abundance of law schools and graduates, how in good conscious can the ABA justify keeping these school accredited. They are all abominations. And Louisville.... SHAME ON YOU!
There is good reason why the ABA accredits these law schools. It's simple. Any person that demonstrates mere competence should be allowed to practice law.
Law touches all of our lives. So deeply rooted is this concept that, as the maxim goes, "ignorance of the law is no excuse." The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure are built around this concept, allowing for pro se litigants to have their day in court. In short, our democracy is built upon the rule of law and the idea that all persons that demonstrate minimal competence should be allowed to participate in the very mechanism that, potentially, can take away life, liberty, and property.
For good or bad, it is the market and individual states that will regulate who practices, not the ABA. For example, bad attorneys will either not have clients and leave the profession (market forces), or will be barred (by the state bar or state supreme court) through disciplinary actions.