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No JD required? Apparently, there are some states that have adopted this rule when it comes to admission to the bar. We all are well aware of the general requirements, that it usually takes if we want to be lawyers at this point (let’s hope). That most often entails the traditional route of attending law school, graduating with a JD, passing the MPRE, being of sound moral character, and, of course, let’s not forget (because how could it ever let us, really): passing the bar.
As if the grueling, up to 3-day long exam isn’t bad enough, most of us have to endure 3 to 4 years of law school to acquire our law degree, otherwise known as our juris doctorate.
But, this is actually not the case for some states, who have instilled other alternative requirements (usually practical experience under a judge or a qualified supervising attorney) in lieu of a traditional law degree from a law school. Which states are these?
Sound good to you? Keep in mind, that there may be trade-offs to consider, in exchange for the crippling debt that you probably would avoid by taking the less traditional route to Esq-hood. For one thing, prospective employers may raise an eyebrow at your lack of traditional legal education, and you may have less opportunities to network while enrolled in these alternatives. While these are things to keep in mind, how you pursue your path to being a lawyer is ultimately your choice -- this is just to let you know all the options.