Court loosens state bar exam rule

  • Article by: Abby Simons , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 4, 2011 - 6:28 PM
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dahockeyguruJul. 4, 11 7:53 PM

Online law school? And they want to be admitted to the MN Bar? You can't honestly think that online courses are any substitute for the rigors of law school, or any higher education for that matter. Hopefully, these lawyers will have to report or identify themselves to prospective clients as having graduated from a non-accredited, online school.

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DacotaJul. 4, 11 7:58 PM

Just what we need ... more lawyers. Especially ignorant, unqualified ones.

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armorstudJul. 4, 1111:43 PM

This is Awesome! Now my son can take online high school and then go to an online University for his BA and then to an online Law School for his JD. I wonder when University of Phoenix will have a Law School. Or maybe my son can take his online Med School so he can do surgery. I'm sure he can pass the online MCAT or LSAT. Why would anyone want to sit in class? I can do my sons online work after he logs in.

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lawyerguyJul. 5, 1112:47 AM

As a graduate of an accredited law school lets just say: good luck to anyone hiring one of these lawyers. Believe it or not, law school is more than memorizing legal concepts and case names. It teaches specific ways of thinking and analytical tools which can't happen online.

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yardpoliceJul. 5, 11 7:34 AM

"armorstud" is right - I'm sure University of Phoenix (and all the other for-profit schools) will start advertising this week for a new law program...this was a huge, irresponsible mistake made by the Court.

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justmorecrapJul. 5, 11 8:22 AM

Oh good - more unemployed attornies to fill the ranks of debt collectors, real estate agents, and "tax professionals", not to mention polititians. Whoopee.

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ruphinaJul. 5, 11 8:50 AM

"As a graduate of an accredited law school lets just say: good luck to anyone hiring one of these lawyers. Believe it or not, law school is more than memorizing legal concepts and case names. It teaches specific ways of thinking and analytical tools which can't happen online." Apparently, one of the "ways of thinking" involves cultivating extreme arrogance. Bill G.

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ruphinaJul. 5, 11 8:55 AM

For those lawyers crying that you can't teach law online, and the resulting lawyer who passes the bar exam must be incompetent, I have this question. If people who are destined to be incompetent as lawyers can so easily pass the bar (28 out of 34), is it the bar exam that is inadequate? Bill G.

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crkruseJul. 5, 11 9:16 AM

Passing the bar is quite a different thing than actually practicing law. It is possible that those who graduate from online schools will do well, but they have missed some of the practical experience that helps one in practice.

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codycymruJul. 5, 11 9:21 AM

lawyerguy: "It teaches specific ways of thinking..." All things considered, maybe new ways of thinking are in order.

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