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Law School

Today, there are over 200 law schools in the United States, the great majority of which have been approved by the American Bar Association (ABA) and have met somewhat stricter standards of the Association of American Law Schools. In most schools, admission is premised on scores achieved on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), undergraduate grade point average and course of study, and other personal criteria factored in, e.g., ethnic or cultural diversity, leadership or success in extra-curricular activities, etc. Although not all law schools require a four-year undergraduate degree as a prerequisite for admission, an abundance of applicants creates a competitive edge that results in the great majority of vacancies being filled by college graduates. The formal three-year course of intensive professional training has replaced the apprenticeship form of training. (Law clerkships during law school are common in both the public and private sector, and again, create a competitive edge for job placement after graduation.)

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