the thing is, not everyone is suppose to be a lawyer. anyway, the education differs because of both the socratic method (learning from less intelligent students is less likely to benefit you, and, the quality of professors is severely disproportionate at unaccredited schools). That being said, the bar passage rates are unbelievably disproportionate which suggests that both the professors and the students have serious problems.1) The argument (these are second career people, etc, etc.) isnt really going to cut it, because lots of tier fours have part time programs and so do many state schools which means that both people on a budget and people with lower lsats have options.2) Its crazy to me to think that anyone would chose a non-aba school over an aba school when they really have a desire to be a lawyer. Its like going in to the lsat and choosing, voluntarily, to only fill out half the exam. It just doesnt make sense.3) Anyway, I will agree that some things are comparable at both schools, but clearly some things are not (level of education, quality of students, job opportunities).4) anyway, on the point of schools choosing not to be accredited, the dean of liberty(I think?) was saying a while ago that he didnt want to be accredited because he didnt want to deal with the requirements and regulations that the aba has. I think it was liberty, forgive me if I am attributing that statement to another school.5) Anyway, even if it is the same casebook in a class, the professor wont teach it as well and the student wont comprehend it as well.6) And, same bar exam, but ill pass it my first try and get a job, and those students, if they are even allowed to take it, are not likely to pass if they even graduate and are even more unlikely to get jobs as lawyers. Oh, and I agree with you completely on one thing, tax puts you to sleep. however, i am going to go back to it for now.if you get a chance, explain why anyone logical would want to go to a non-aba school This is a very interesting discussion. You rely heavily on your theory about the Socratic method. Why don't we use a little philosophy here. I think your assumption is flawed in the first place. The assumption that any student who gets into an ABA Accredited Law School can get into any ABA Accredited Law School. That is not the case when they all have different standards. Does that make them dumb? All it means is someone had a higher LSAT or GPA. Even though that might be the case Law Schools use diversity policies in their admissions. Some students get in that way. All of them don't fail. So your statement that they are all dumb is flawed on that premise too. You are free to respond.
Im a 45 year old investment advisor in NYC. Im considering Northwestern online law program in CA. My reasons are simple, I cannot justify spending over 100K plus what ever income reduction I suffer due to my studies, Which could be as high as another 100-300K on getting a law degree. Does anyone here know about Northwesterns online program its prices right at only $2850 year, but as many on the board have noted, price in not the only consideration. My primary purpose in getting a law degree is increase my skills representing clients in New York based securities arbitrations. As some may be aware you do not need to be a lawyer at all to represent clients in arbitration in New York. New York has long held that representation by a non lawyer in arbiration is not the unauthorized practice of law. Unlike Florida,GA, AZ and CT which have deemed non lawyer representaion in arbitration is a violation of their state UPL statues. Thanks in advance for your comments