Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Should Students Consider Attending a Non-ABA Accredited Law School?

Well, it probably would be a lot cheaper and easier to get into.  But it will limit you if you ever want to move to another state that doesn’t accredit the school. From the U.S. News Education blog:

"Going to a non-ABA accredited law program greatly reduces the options law students will have in their legal career," says Josh King, the general counsel and vice president of business development at Avvo, an online legal forum and directory.

For students who know they want to work in a state that has a more open policy with respect to law school accreditation and bar admission, it's fine to go to a non-ABA school, adds King, who holds a J.D. from the University of California's Hastings College of the Law.

"But for anyone who isn't particularly sure what they want to do with their legal training—or where they want to practice—going to such a school is a very poor decision," he says. "A far better choice under such circumstances is to work harder at getting into an accredited program, or pursue a different career."


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