Graduation from ABA-approved law schools is, in all states of the U.S., a pre-requisite to obtaining a license to practice law.
Licensing the practice of law is declared to be in order to protect consumers, and all rules pertaining to licensing, including educational requirements of lawyers, should be governed by that declared goal.
In other words, mandated education of lawyers must be necessary to protect consumers.
Yet, a law professor openly claimed, apparently, that he deliberately DOES NOT teach about deficiencies of regulation of the legal profession, in order, allegedly, for law students not to use such deficiencies as loopholes, and not to act unethically. Which says a lot about law ethics professors' trust in the integrity of the legal profession. Imagine - you, as a member of the public, should not be taught, as a matter of public policy, about deficiencies in criminal law (which you are presumed to know anyway, same as law students are presumed to know attorney regulatory law anyway, under the principle that ignorance of the law is not a defense for breaking it), because if you know of such deficiencies, you will immediately go out and start committing crimes?
And, a law professor openly claimed, apparently, that regulation of the practice of law (by judges, which amounts, in the professor's view, to "self-regulation" - implying that judges are treating lawyers more favorably than another branch of the government would) is just a smoke screen to prevent the "real regulation" of lawyers by the government.
Now yet another law educator, an associate dean at Faulkner University's Thomas Goode Jones School of Law Allen Mendenhall, went so far as to claiming that the American Bar Association as an accrediting institution "stifles legal education" - his exact words.
Associate Dean Mendenhall explains that ABA is a non-profit organization (with foreign capital now, I might add) that has been founded, and evolved, as an equivalent of a professional guild.
It is improper to begin with to charge a professional corporation with foreign capital to regulate constitutional access to justice in a huge country to begin with - where professional interests of lawyers, providers of legal services and members of the ABA:
- the narrowest scope of service,
- with the least innovation and effort,
- at the highest price possible, and
- while restricting competition
are at stark conflict with interests of consumers to have:
- the most versatile services;
- with the best innovation available
- at the lowest price - which is achievable only by the
- widest possible competition among providers of legal services, so that consumers could choose for themselves.