A Tale of Two (California) Law Schools

, The Am Law Daily


Two of the American Bar Association's more recently accredited law schools, the University of La Verne and UC-Irvine, justify obtaining accreditation on different grounds, but neither is persuasive, and both ensure that either their own graduates or graduates from other law schools will wind up unemployed.

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  • California resident

    The reason UC Irvine's grads graduated with no debt is because the first few classes had their tuition paid for, either partially or in full, by the school as a way to recruit good candidates.

  • Frank Snyder

    It seems hard that prospective law students in the Inland Empire (popoulation 4 million in Riverside & San Bernardino Counties) can't have an ABA-accredited law school for 400 students because there are 6 law schools in D.C. (population 650,000) enrolling 7,600 students. Or that clients in the Inland Empire who can't get legal representation should suck it up and pay Manhattan wages to attract unemployed NYU graduates. Given that LaVerne has been turning out lawyers since 1970, the fact that it now has accreditation is a good thing for its students and its community.

    If all the elite law schools cut their enrollment by 1/3, they would have NO unemployed graduates and the employment rates at other schools would go up. That seems to be a much better solution than telling four million people that they can't have a law school within 50 miles of their homes because there are already lots of unemployed lawyers being turned out in Massachusetts and Michigan.

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