Hello, all, I need to provide a quick background before I present my question for your consideration. And it is this: I am about to complete the second year in a four-year program at Nashville School of Law (NSL), so I am almost halfway there. Unfortunately, NSL does not have any certification with the American Bar Association (ABA). Meanwhile, there is a significant possibility that my employer may ask me to relocate up to Michigan, because my existing position was made redundant just this past week.So here's the thing: Just for the sake of keeping my options open, I've got applications into three Detroit area schools: Wayne State University, University of Detroit Mercy, and Thomas M. Cooley, all of which appear to be ABA certified. But all three schools have indicated that none of my existing credits will transfer, which in turn means that I would effectively start over.I will accept as true, for purposes of this discussion, that an ABA-certified school will always be better than a school without such a certification. My question is: Is that alone enough to justify the time and expense in starting over? Or would I be better off trying to find another job in Tennessee, and see the remaining two years out as to my existing school? Thanks much in advance,/Sandy/
If you practice in TN for a designated period of time, are you then eligible to take the bar exam or to qualify for reciprocity in other states?
Tennessee and Alabama also have law schools that are state accredited but not ABA accredited. Many states also will admit an attorney to their bar on motion an attorney who is licensed in another state regardless of where they went to law school; some immediately and some after a period of time. Or some will recognize certain state accreditations and not others. Each state has its own requirements that people who want to practice there should investigate.
I may be mistaken, but I was under the impression that in order to be eligible for the bar in most places, you had to have a degree from an ABA approved school. I could be wrong, but no bar exam = no license = no practice = wasted time and money. Why would anyone even think of going to a non-ABA approved school?