TheTopBloke wrote:You're operating under some false knowledge. I have legal experience and I have looked into similar processes. The problem is under the Cal Bar rules, you must work in a legal office for 4 years. You might as well go to law school for 3 years. The work experience has to be thoroughly documented, it's not just about working for a couple of hours with a lawyers or a judge. And think about it, unless you have some extraordinary circumstances, what legal practice is going to waste their money on you when you have not passed the bar, and lawyers across the country are desperate for jobs?
From the blog site of someone who is a lawyer with no law school.
"Yes I believe it was 18 hours per week of actual study and 6 hours required in the presence of the lawyer
How many law students across the country graduated last years with tens of thousands of dollars in debt and no job?
There are currently plenty of unemployed lawyers all over the country who paid good money for their education, and then there's this working lawyer with a backlog of cases http://becomingalawyerwithoutlawschool.blogspot.com
I have to admit that this is pretty funny.
If nothing else, maybe taking the Baby Bar before going to LS might be a good idea.
Ouch!Law Grads Who Fail The Bar... http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/ ... spring_ba/
"Yakowitz analyzed the results of a 1993 Census Bureau study and found that law grads who never passed the bar earned a median salary of $48,000—about $20,000 less than similarly situated lawyers.
Broken down by age group, the median salary of law grads who never passed the bar was $32,000 before they reached the age of 30 (compared to $48,000 for lawyers and $35,600 for college grads), $48,000 from the ages of 30 to 39 (compared to $64,000 for lawyers and $42,000 for college grads), $54,000 between the ages of 40 and 49 (compared to $83,600 for lawyers and $46,250 for college grads), and $62,849 between the ages of 50 and 59 (compared to $86,400 for lawyers and $48,416 for college grads).
Forty-nine percent of those studied who never passed the bar ended up in legal-related jobs. Other common job categories were managers and executives (12 percent), and accountants, auditors, human resources, and other management-related occupations (8 percent).
Despite the resilience of the law grads who never passed the bar, Yakowitz suggests their law school experience wasn’t worth the cost. The extra years of education don't begin to pay dividends until later in their careers, she says, and likely isn’t enough to “pay back” harms in terms of earlier depressed earnings, lesser employment stability, and high education debt.
The results, she says, may provide a lesson to law schools.
“Legal education may be a disservice for the significant group of students that never pass a bar exam—a group whose composition can be predicted fairly accurately before they’ve even begun law school,” she says. “At the very least, law schools owe it to their prospective students to provide candid information about the risks of attending law school.”
The study was based in part on the After the JD study following 5,000 graduates beginning in 2000. Other sources were the 1993 Census Bureau study, including those who went on to law school; a 1994 bar passage study; California bar statistical reports; and new field research on nearly 200 law grads who failed a law exam."