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Why do I have to attend Law School to take Bar exam?

Abard2 asked:

If I can pass the Bar exam which is necessary to become an attorney, why the necessity to attend Law School if the premise is based on learning the information to pass Barr exam? I figure if I can buy the books or read from library, pass Bar exam, and save 100k from extraordianry Law School costs, why can I not take this avenue to become an attorney?
But if I read case law, does this not truly qualify to situational experience from law school? I don’t ask in the form of a rhetorical question, but simply based on logic.
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5 Responses to “Why do I have to attend Law School to take Bar exam?”

  1. Res Gestae on March 24th, 2009 3:20 am

    Because the Bar Exam has nothing to do with the practice of law. Seriously! The Bar Exam is just about cramming, memorizing and regurgitating as many elements, exceptions and antiquated rules as possible.

    Law school doesn’t even prepare you for the bar all that well; that’s why there are commercial companies that charge between $1,000 and $3,000 for a six-week bar review course.

    Update: Just reading case law is not enough, even if you understand it. Law school prepares you for “thinking like a lawyer.” There are seminal cases, and then there are cases you read because they are bizarre and they prove a point. But, there’s a reason (a lot of reasons) that law school is three years and $100k plus tuition.

  2. toetagme on March 25th, 2009 6:54 pm

    Every state that I am aware of has a law requiring you to attend law school. I’m a CPA and could not sit for the exam unless I had my degree or all of the courses necessary to receive a degree. That is the law also.

    There is a lot more to practicing law than knowing what the laws are. If you go to law school, you will soon realize this.

  3. Enigma on March 26th, 2009 6:58 pm

    Because law school teaches you to think like a lawyer. The bar exam is one, two-day, test. The practice of law is a lifetime of using the skills you learn in a three-year (full time) program.

  4. yay_boxes on March 28th, 2009 9:56 am

    Because the damage you can do with a law degree is quite severe. Thin about it. You scrape your way through the bar exam, which is a lot of logic, with out knowing the laws. Next thing you know your defending someone and you are under qualified. Peoples freedom lies in your hands. Bite the bullet and go to school. They have tons of loan forgiveness programs if you decide to become a public defender.

  5. Jan on April 1st, 2009 12:45 pm

    For the same reason a Doctor can’t just go in and take a licensing test without going to school. It is called hands on experience.