Legally classified as "law readers," those choosing this path have to find an attorney to supervise their study, then pass the state bar. Law school is not required. It is permitted, reports Sean Patrick Farrell in The New York Times, in Virginia, Vermont, Washington and California.Here is that detailed article covering this option.
Obviously, there are two advantages of this approach. The cost of law school is bypassed. Also, there is no waste of time on abstractions. Essentially, every bit of effort involved is associated with practicing law. As everyone knows, Abraham Lincoln learned the law through being an apprentice.
The drawbacks, points out Farrell, are many. This kind of lawyer navigates the legal sector without a JD. Prospects could balk at not seeing that credential on the wall. Prestigious positions could be closed to them.
Also, good luck trying to find an attorney who will agree to be the grand master of supervision.
In addition, law readers have a low pass rate on the bar exam. In 2013, only 28% passed versus 73% of those who graduated from A.B.A.-accredited law schools.
Another negative is that VA will not allow paying apprentices. That means law readers in that state will either have to get a part-time job or get in debut.
Education comes in many forms. Those with extreme drive might choose this one. The less driven might go the conventional path of law school.