Attending a Non-ABA Approved Versus an ABA-Approved Law School
ABA-approved law schools are accredited by the American Bar Association based on its standards of what makes a quality law school.
In many states, you must graduate from an ABA-approved law school in order to take the bar exam. However, some states allow you to attend non-ABA schools and still take the bar exam.
I interviewed a graduate of a non-ABA school about her experience, decisions, and her career in family law in my blog post “Attending a Non-ABA School.”
Benefits of attending a non-ABA school:
1. Flexible schedule;
2. Lower cost, maybe even half of what a degree from an ABA-approved law school will cost you;
3. Ties in local community;
4. Smaller class sizes; and
5. Classes taught by practicing attorneys.
Things to watch out for when choosing a non-ABA approved school:
1. Low bar passage rates;
2. The number of people who actually end up completing the degree;
3. Quality of instruction;
4. Availability of courses in areas of law you hope to explore; and
5. Snobbism in hiring: “The Pedigree Problem: Are Law School Ties Choking the Profession?“
Ann Levine is the author of the best selling law school admission guide book: The Law School Admission Game and made admissions decisions at two ABA-approved law schools. In 2004 she founded Law School Expert and has helped thousands of applicants navigate the tough process to get into law school. She has been featured in publications such as the New York Times, US News, Above the Law, Blueprint Prep, and more.
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