Law School Programs

Law School Programs

There are many law school programs in the United States, both in-class and on-line. These programs have various degrees of accreditation, and different types of financial assistance for students. Law school programs train a person to think logically, like an attorney. The professors use the case study approach as a vehicle to understand the legal reasoning within the case. First year courses generally include marketing, criminal law and procedure, legal writing, torts, contracts, property, and civil procedure. Full-time students usually spend about 8-10 hours a day in class time and study. Part-time students usually spend 4-6 hours in class-time and study. Many law programs have a score cut-off for the first year. Those who score below the cut-off point (approximately C average), do not usually continue into the second year. Before acceptance to a law school program, the prospective student must attain a specific score on the LAST test. He must then register with the state bar. As a final requirement for the practice of law, students must pass the bar exam for the state in which they intend to practice.

The Law School Admission Test (LSAT)

All prospective law students must take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). An appropriate score on this examination is required for admission to an ABA–approved law school. LSAT scores range from 120 to 180. The highest possible score is 180. The final part of the test is a writing sample. 
Below, you will find a link to the LSAT web site, which provides in in-depth description of the LSAT.

Law School Admission Council (LSAC)

The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) is a nonprofit corporation that endeavors to provide admission-related services for law schools and their applicants. 
 Below, you will find a link to the LSAC web site, which provides a complete description of LSAC’s services and programs.

The Best Law Schools

The ten top-ranked law schools are:

• Harvard Law School

• Stanford Law School

• Yale Law School

• Columbia Law School

• NYU School of

• University of Chicago Law School

• Cornell Law School

• Georgetown University Law Center

• Northwestern University School of Law

• U.C. Berkeley School of Law

On-Line Law School Programs

It is possible to earn a law degree at home, but it is not an easy task. On-line classes (also called distance-learning classes), are classes taught on the Internet. Educational technology is used to convey the class content and communication between the instructor and students. This is a very flexible type of program, because a student can access the assignments at any time, and create his or her own schedule. In most cases, a degree earned on- line is equal to an in-class degree; but this is not necessarily true of an on- line law degree. On-line or distance learning law school programs are not accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA). A student must pass the bar exam in order to practice law. Every single state (except California), requires that law school students must earn a degree accredited by the ABA in order to take the bar exam. 
See list below on line law schools currently registered with the Bar Committee.

Earning an On Line Law Degree and Practicing Law in California

California is the one state that permits graduates of on-line law schools to sit for the bar, as long as they meet certain requirements. Online law students may sit for the California Bar if they receive “instruction in law from a correspondence law school requiring 864 hours of preparation and study per year, registered with the Committee.” If you live in California, or if you are willing to move to California and establish residency, you may be able to become a practicing lawyer with an online law degree. After you work as a lawyer for a few years, it is usually possible to practice law in some other states.

U.S. Law Schools

Official Guide to ABA Approved Law Schools




Rules of the California Bar

Law School Rankings

Law School Applications

On-Line Law Schools

Earning an On Line Law Degree and Practicing Law in California

The Law School Admission Test (LSAT)

Applications for the LSAT

The Law School Admission Council (LSAC)