Legal education in the United States has been controversial in the last few years
due to its cost, decreasing enrollments, and doubts about its practical value. Until
the mid-nineteenth century legal training was essentially technical in nature. At
that time many lawyers—like Abraham Lincoln—could afford to study the law by
themselves without even attending law school and then, by passing the bar exam,
were admitted in the legal profession.
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