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Has the ABA proven incapable of regulating the legal profession?

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eric922:
There seems to be a lot of complaints, but here and elsewhere online about the ABA in terms of high costs of law schools, the high number of schools vs job opportunities, and how many law schools twist their employment rates for graduates.   I'm just wondering do you all think it may be time for the government to start taking a more direct role in regulating the legal profession? It seems like the ABA has proven that they are either too incompetent or too unwilling to address a lot of the complaints being levied against them.

Julie Fern:
first, do something mitt romney.

aglittman:
OP:  in answer to your question, YES

Julie Fern:
got news:  aba not responsible regulating legal profession.

livinglegend:
What is it that the ABA has done wrong would be my question. There are only 200 ABA schools in a country of 300,000,000 people that doesn't seem to be excessive. Perhaps the cost of legal education is high, but there are numerous state schools that offer extremly low tuition. South Dakota, North Dakota, Florida International, CUNY, North Carolina Central, District of Columbia, West Virginia, University of Wyoming, University of Montana, to name a few all of which are under 12k a year with in-state residency.

There are quite a few law schools that charge far more in tuition, but nobody has a gun to a 0L's head requiring them to attend these schools. There are also plenty of jobs out there if one knows where to look for example the BYU Intercolegiate Job Bank has 1000's of job postings for recent grads and it is open to everyone username jobfind password fall2012 they change the password every few months, but if you e-mail them directly they gladly provide it for you.

I know numerous people who graduated from law school, passed the bar, and got jobs. I also know plenty of others who did not and for the most part it has a lot more to do with the individual than the school. One classic example is one guy got offered a job as a district attorney, but he failed his drug test is it is law school's fault that he was using drugs? To me that is the individual your law school does not control your personal life and if you want to be a D.A. and have a drug problem then it is up to you to fix it. A law school gets you a license to practice law what you do with that is up to you.

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