Originally Posted by dragon8
If there is a position that requires a law license no question that the person who hasn't passed the bar will be disadvantaged. As a matter of fact, they don't even meet he qualifications.
You're correct that people that pass the bar is not smarter than those that have not. The bias exist because it is the nature of the beast. This occurs in all professions not just law. Accounts would hire a CPA than a non-CPA for certain positions.
Right - I mean individuals applying for a position that requires a license and have failed the Bar once or a few times.
In all seriousness, one reason why I bother to talk about the legal profession is because of the many and varied misconceptions. It is an incredibly competitive and challenging field. Frankly, I do not think most people are up to it. Notwithstanding that, the barriers and costs of entry are out of proportion to the rewards, at least economically/financially. It is heartbreaking that people are told that spending in excess of 120k---the real costs of lost earnings during law school and interest around 300k---will result in a wide range of job opportunities.
Frankly, in my opinion, a J.D. can and does limit career opportunities. I just try to share a few warnings with individuals considering entering this field. If you cannot finance your legal education on your own, then attending law school is an enormously poor financial decision. You should also have a network of clients (entities and individuals) prior to attending.
Other industries worth considering where the barriers and costs of entry are not nearly as high or burdensome http://www.cnbc.com/id/100271500
- financial services (banking, hedge funds, private equity, etc.);
- tech; and
No accountability of law schools exits. The ABA accredits law schools and has done nothing with the crisis (high costs of law school and very limited opportunities that a J.D. provides). Law School Transparency is a resource that everyone should review before even considering law school: http://www.lawschooltransparency.com/.
To focus on the topic at hand, I think someone who has failed the Bar is already at a disadvantage that should not be discounted in this market. The dire market for legal jobs is not going to improve for the foreseeable future. In my opinion, and I wish this were not my opinion (believe it or not), there are much better career opportunities outside of law such as the aforementioned. Frankly, expending more time and resources to pass the Bar are going to result in more costs and challenges when licensed (to acquire practical experience, licensing fees, CLE, marketing, networking, etc.).