Thinking about law school? Consider California law schools. California offers a complete
menu of law schools ranging from ABA approved schools, state approved schools, unaccredited law schools, correspondence and
online law schools. But the really unique thing about the California law schools is that their graduates, even those graduating
form non ABA approved programs, generally speaking, are permitted to take the bar exam and become practicing lawyers.
Must you take the LSAT before attending a California Law
That depends upon the particular school. As a general rule
if wish to be considered for one of California ’s ABA approved law schools the answer is yes. As for the other schools the
LSAT is not always required and, in quite a number of cases, it is just not a
requirement at all. The LSAT has been criticized for many years. Some say one’s score bears little or no relationship to how
well one will perform in law school or as a lawyer. Others argue its benefits and feel it’s a good indicator of one’s
performance. What’s great about California’s law schools is that you have more choices, irrespective of what you think about
the Law School Admissions Test.
If you graduate from a California law school that is not accredited or ABA
approved will your legal career prospects be more limited?
Perhaps, but as with anything in life the primary factor
is YOU. You need to know that some lesser known law schools have higher bar pas rates than some of the more prestigious law
schools—and some individual law students have achieved high success and have been appointed as judges despite the fact that they
may not have graduated from a traditional or prestigious law school. Similarly, some graduates of prestigious schools never quite
make it in their careers. I believe that the individual makes and finds his own way in life and that his or her legal education
is but one of many tools to get there.
But there is one thing that remains true, all ABA approved law schools (including ABA
approved California law schools) maintain a high standard of academic excellence. Attending any ABA approved law school assures
you a top quality legal education. But its not the only option.
Not meaning to disparage the many top level California law schools, to the contrary,
California boasts some of the best law schools in the nation. Getting the best legal education you can will pay dividends that
will serve you well throughout your career as a lawyer—but at the end of the day you need to understand that education takes
place between two ears…and not between four walls. Many excellent attorneys and jurists have graduated from law schools that
are not ABA approved.
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Tips for choosing the right California Law School
Look over the California Bar’s website for a complete list of law schools. One of the best online law
schools to consider is Concord Law School.
Contact the schools that appeal to you and request an admissions package or bulletin. You may wish to
consider finding free law school essay help
or a paid program to help improve your chances of being admitted.
See if you meet the schools admissions requirements. For example, check to see if your GRA and LSAT scores
give you a realistic chance of being accepted. And don’t give up too soon, GPA’s and LSAT scores are just two factors
traditional California law school admissions committees use to accept students. Some schools require no LSAT or admission
Finally, consider a state approved school, online law school or correspondence school if you are not eligible or just cannot
afford a more traditional school. The Law School Bible will provide you with a list of accredited
and non accredited law schools worldwide and offers a variety of strategies about how to become a lawyer.
If you enroll in an online law school most will require that you have earned an
associates degree or its equivalent. You can demonstrate your equivalence by earning 60 credits through the College Level
Examination Program (better known as CLEP). Currently California’s correspondence or online law schools must be ‘registered’ with
the state bar association in order for their graduates to be eligible to take the general bar examination. And, students must
also take a “Baby Bar” examination after completing their first of four years of law school.
Don’t be lulled into thinking that correspondence and online law schools are an easy road
to becoming a lawyer. The pass rate for the Baby Bar hovers somewhere around 20% or less and the California Bar Exam is well
known as being the most difficult in the nation. But, for those who have few other options and are willing to persevere,
California law schools are an absolute Godsend. One online law school, Concord Law School stands out as a beacon of excellence.
You have choice with California law
About the Author
Peter J. Loughlin, J.D., LL.M. achieved his dream of becoming an attorney
using only distance learning and online resources. Now he helps others achieve their online college degree dreams
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