This article is a generalized description of the path to law school, what law school entails, etc. It behooves the law profession to shroud itself in mystery, but there is nothing particularly novel about law schooling. Law school has a veil of secrecy to it, perhaps due to its historic class, race, and gender insulation, but the law school process is basically the same at most American law schools. And behind the big door marked "Law," is a professional schooling system, like any other schooling system. Nothing magical there.
Most law schools require an "undergraduate degree," which is your standard 4 year college degree, as a prerequisite for the application process. It does not seem to matter
what your undergraduate degree major is. What matters is excelling within your chosen area of study. There are private law schools and public law schools. Public law schools
often are housed on public university campuses and property, such as the University of Washington or UCLA Law Schools. Private law schools, such as Seattle University Law School
or Willamette Law School, are usually affiliated with a private university or college campus. There are American BAR Association (ABA) accredited and State BAR accredited
public and private law schools! Students can usually receive federal and state financial aid at ABA accredited public and private law schools. Students often cannot gain full
access to federal financial aid at unaccredited law schools. Some states require a law degree from an ABA accredited law school to sit for the Bar exam to get a license to
practice as an attorney. Some states such as CA, will allow you to sit for the BAR exam in CA, if you went to a law school that is CA BAR accredited, etc., but not ABA
accredited. Private law schools are more expensive than public law schools, and public laws schools are generally harder to get into than private law schools, except for Ivy
League schools. Unaccredited law schools are easier to get into than accredited law schools, obviously.
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