As far as I am aware, seven states in the U.S. allow reading for the law without law school as follows:
Although this article focuses of California, a few of the above states have basic educational requirements prior to admission into the Bar. In California, this is known as the Law Office Study Program.
"Applicants who obtain legal education by . . . law office study must have four years of law study and take an examination after their firstyear. Applicants who pass the examination within three consecutive administrations of first becoming eligible to take it will receive credit for all law study completed to the date of the examination passed."
"Applicants may have . . . completed 2/3 of graduationrequirements from an ABA-accredited law school and within 12 months after successful completion pursued the study of law in the law office of an attorney in active practice of law in Maine on a full-time basis for at least one year . . . ."
"Law office study permitted after successful completion of one year at an ABA-approved law school."
"Four-year law office study program; must have completed three-fourths of work accepted for a bachelor's degree in a college approved by the Court before commencing the study of law"
"Law office study permitted as a structured course comparable to 2 years at an ABA-approved law school Prior approval of independent study required."
No special requirements are needed to become an attorney without law school in Virginia or Washington as far as I could determine.
All of the above information came from the "Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements 2004," published by the National Conference of Bar Examiners and American Bar Association Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
The requirements for the practice of law are set by the states. In most states you must have a law degree in order to take the bar exam. A few states will allow you to take the exam if you have practical experience in the field of law.
No, passing the bar on one state does not allow one to practice in other states. Many states have ways of obtaining a license in their state by attorneys that have practiced for 5 years. Others will require you to take their bar exam to become licensed.
You need a Juris Doctorate to practice law in most states. Your undergraduate degree can be in anything you choose. Once you have completed your undergraduate degree you need to take the LSAT to get into Law School. Upon completion of Law School you are awarded a Juris Doctorate and will be allowed to take the Bar Exam to practice law.
Actually doing some research after asking this. It appears that California does not require a college degree. And with that if you stay a lawyer for 5-7 years most other states will allow you to take the bar exam. Also with a California bar exam you can practice in any State on the Federal Level. California, Vermont, Virginia and Washington state do not require a law degree.
It only requires a license to practice law, which typically will require a law degree in most states.
In a few places you could study with an attorney and take the bar. Most states will not allow you to take the bar exam without a law degree. Check the bar association for your jurisdiction to see what the requirements are.
Within the United States, it takes four years for the bachelor's degree, and three years of law school to obtain the juris doctor (JD) degree. The individual then must pass the bar-exam to practice.
Seven states: Vermont - New York - Washington - Virginia - California - Maine - Wyoming. For an interesting article on this see below link:
Very few states recognize online law degrees. California recognizes them as long as you attend a local course at the end of the program. However, you can be license to practice federal law such as Bankruptcy in most states with this type of degree. In most states, you can take the Bar exam after a period of federal practice. Phoenix, Taft and Concord are three major programs that offer this option.
Yes they do!