Thursday, October 8, 2009

How Many Law Schools Are There? Does Anyone Know?

A commentator from a famous law school blog brought up a good point on my last blog entry:

October 8, 2009 9:07 AM 

idwsj said...

Would this make law school #94343847?

I dunno.  How many law schools are there?  I tried to do some research and I found articles that reported there were too many law schools back in 2005. I know of at least three law schools that have opened in the last year.  So, clearly if there too many law schools in 2005--there are way too many now.

To add to the problem, there are accredited law schools and unaccredited law schools.  As most  lawyers know, you can take the California bar without attending an accredited school.  The ABA has shown some concern with "making" better lawyers, but little to no concern with addressing the needs of the market. Or, as most of know, the lack of a market for the thousands of attorneys that are being pushed out the door of any two bit school that decides it can produce an attorney. It's not hard to do, obviously.

Dan Slater wrote a brilliant article on September 2, 2009 about this very issue.  He notes: The American Bar Association, which continues to approve law schools with impunity and with no end in sight, bears complicity in creating this mess. Yet a spokeswoman, citing antitrust concerns, says the A.B.A. takes no position on the optimal number of lawyers or law schools. So then how about the schools? Can they save future generations of students from themselves?

The ABA is in charge of approving law schools.  Who the hell is in charge of the ABA? Someone needs to keep them in check.

Defending their pockets and pursuing Capitalism.


  1. The problem is law schools are professional schools. As long as people will pay, they will keep coming. Regardless of whether they contribute to society or not.

  2. There's TTT and there's TTTx (unaccredited).

  3. TTTx schools are the worst. Because they take people's money knowing that they can only take the California bar, which is the hardest in nation. And when, not if, they fail that--they are in debt and not attorneys. That's a load of shit and almost criminal if you ask me. What would happen if colleges produced nurses who weren't qualified to be nurses. Would that program continue? I doubt it.



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