Law Schools: A Matter of Degree

Four years of college. Three years of law school. Bar exams. After all that, should a man be merely a bachelor of laws? Yes, say Harvard, Yale and Columbia. No, say 65 other U.S. law schools, including highly regarded Michigan, Northwestern, Wisconsin. So saying, the 65 have all abolished the LL.B., in whole or in part, and instituted the degree of J.D.¬óJuris Doctor.

In the 19th century, American lawyers were clearly entitled only to bachelor's degrees because they could enter law school straight from high school without college work. There was a promise...

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