I do avoid those people who believe they are better than those who did not go to the schools they did or anything else they feel justified to place themselves on a pedestal above someone else. For those people, they will never really be happy with themselves because some “Jones” will always have something they don’t and will feel they don’t measure up – “since I feel substandard, I’ll make others feel substandard so I can feel better about myself” (deflection psychology). What happen to judging someone on their worth & actions?? Or, character doesn’t really matter anymore – how sad? If that is what I have to face working in another firm, than no, I will avoid those kinds of conceited, self-absorbed, narrow-minded folks and challenge them from my small personable solo practice representing the common underdogs of our fine country as I have for my entire adult life. . . . If I choose to attend a nontraditional law school, knowing full well of the imposed limitations now in place by some sort of self-appointed political body that was irrelevant less than 100 years ago, and can make my way in it, who’s place is it to judge what or how I do it? That’s what attracts me to California’s Bar – giving everyone a chance to pursue their own dreams their own way, but setting the standards of conduct to weed out those who follow the dark side or fails to meet minimum standards of competency. Some will agree with I present, others will not; again, what one chooses to exercise is a personal choice.
Let me first address the red text above, because I believe it's pertinent to my answer below. You're betting that you can pass the bar and make a life as an attorney. If you're going to an online school or even most T3s and T4s, statistics show you're wrong. This fact underscores the response below:
I don't have a problem with people chasing their dreams - as long as they take responsibility for their actions and and pay their debts in a timely manner. However, when those graduates start using government money to chase rainbows and start asking for a direct bailout (or increasingly use IBR or the other various government bailout programs), I believe that the tax payers that will end up sholdering the rainbow chasers (i.e., burdens on society) have the right to hold those folks accountable for the poor decisions that they made. If you're going to school with your own funds or on a scholarship then, by all means, go. If you're chasing rainbows, have little shot at actually becoming an attorney, and want to borrow from the government, then you don't deserve the money. The government shouldn't dole out money to encourage losing propositions. Yet, time after time, we give money to those with less than a 25% shot at "making it", we don't question their wisdom, we can make a quick, relatively accurate determination of whether they will be able to pay their debts simply by knowing the school they wish to attend (but we don't), and we allow them to become burdens on society. As a result, you're increasingly seeing more "basement dwellers" - i.e., those 30 year olds who have made poor decisions and are debt-slaves. I suspect that you can count on seeing more and more of those as the cost of tuition increases (as a result of an overabundance of federal cashing being doled out without scrutiny), the demand for labor decreases, and as more individuals are repeatedly told that they are special little snowflakes that deserve a chance to chase rainbows. Our education system is quickly becoming the joke of the world. It's really as simple as that.
Further, barriers to entry must be erected as lawyers are members of a profession
. As a professional, you will have direct access to client money and will be placed in a position to, essentially, "speak" on behalf of your clients. Because attorneys are, by nature, in a position to be trusted by their clients, they owe fiduciary duties to their clients. Thus, a different, arguably stricter, standard of behavior than the comparable tortious duty of care at common law applies to attorney conduct. As a result, we simply can't afford to let anyone and everyone into the profession. Not everyone has the capacity to act ethically or competently. Like bar exams, ABA accreditation standards act as a baseline hurdle to protect the public from students being taught by diploma mills. Indeed, denial of ABA accreditation is recognition that the education you received does not even meet minimum standards and should not be valued.