The real way not to waste time and money is award a BA in law like England and quit pretending that a JD is the equivalent of a MA or PhD when it simply is professional training.
I'm not sure you understand how an LLB actually works.It requires to first have an undergrad in prelaw and then get a "second bachelors" in law
Half of law school is electives anyways. Why waste peoples time with that an internships?
No, only in Canada does the LLB require prior college; in the UK and elsewhere you go straight into the LLB from secondary school (high school). A much better way option IMO than the JD which forces you to shell out for 7 years of college! However to become a solicitor in England, you must usually complete a training contract which is also a good idea considering most new lawyers in the US learn on the job.
Quote from: NewlyMinted on May 16, 2014, 11:00:44 PMI'm not sure you understand how an LLB actually works.It requires to first have an undergrad in prelaw and then get a "second bachelors" in lawI love it when people speak authoritatively, yet are completely wrong. An LL.B does not require a preceeding Bachelor's degree. The LL.B is usually completed in four years, followed by supervised on the job training. This is how it works in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and the Caribbean. I'm currently preparing for the UK exams, and have several friends and family who are UK solicitors. Trust me, this is how it works. I believe that Jon Levy is also a licensed UK solicitor?In civil law jurisdictions the law diploma has various iterations. Sometimes it's a doctorate, sometimes not. It can be completed in four to six years depending. Admission to both LL.B and civil law diploma programs is usually quite competitive, and universities will strictly limit the number of entrants. Quote from: NewlyMinted on May 13, 2014, 07:47:32 PMHalf of law school is electives anyways. Why waste peoples time with that an internships? I agree. Electives at the graduate/professional level are an absurd waste of time. Just a way to get more tuition. Most students would be far better served spending that time learning how to draft a will or living trust, review a contract, or filing a motion. Our legal education is almost entirely academic, and needs more practical training.
I've long thought that there needs to be a change in legal education. At a minimum, I think most agree that the 3rd year of law school should require students to take on an apprenticeship with an attorney actually learning the practice of law. The problem with education reform today is that not many schools are willing to part ways with the tuition dollars provided by 3Ls.