There have been 64 people pass the bar in California without
completing law school. It's much more difficult to know whether any of
them also did not get some kind of college degree before they passed
the bar, but it's a certainty that some of them, and I think MOST of
them worked their way through their apprenticeship without much
college at all. I have found 5 examples of the 64 that I think did not
have any degree before passing the bar.
An Alternative Education for Lawyers: Apprentices Take Law Into Their Own Hands
..."Since 1980, 436 people have registered for the apprentice program
? known as law office study ? with the State Bar of California and
only 64 have passed the bar exam. Bar officials estimate that fewer
than 30 people are pursuing the program at any given time.
It is a tough way to go. In the last seven years, about 20% of those
who studied law as apprentices have passed the bar. That compares with
slightly more than 50% of those who attended accredited law
California is one of 8 states in the nation which allows aspiring
lawyers to study under another attorney
..."Today, Comacho, 38, is general counsel of the United Farm Workers
(UFW), based in the agricultural community of Keene, outside
Bakersfield....."I would do it again," says Comacho, who passed the
bar on his first attempt in 1986...."
..."Gary Blasi, 51, of Los Angeles is on the faculty of UCLA Law
School, but remembers only two occasions when he actually sat in on a
law school class -- and neither occurred while he was a law
..."For Marilyn Kalman, 43, of San Francisco, a solo practitioner in
the area of landlord-tenant law, the opportunity to study on her own
meant she was debt-free after she passed the bar exam..."
..."Mary Mecartney works in Watsonville as a staff attorney with the
UFW. She passed the bar in 1988, after five years of study. At the
time she had two young children and "they would come and crawl and sit
on top of my books" while she was studying..."
Never too old to practice, bar veterans keep going
..."Shostak came to California, attended business college and worked
as a law clerk, eventually studying law through a State Bar
apprenticeship program.....She was admitted to the bar in 1945 and now
two of her nephews practice with her in the 10-member firm..."
Skip Law School, Be a Lawyer Anyway
According to a Los Angeles Times survey from earlier this month, just
20 percent of that state's apprentices have passed the bar exam,
versus over 50 percent of law school graduates.
I hope this helps!
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