An undergraduate option for legal education

John O. McGinnis*, Russell D. Mangas

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Prospective lawyers should have the option of taking the bar exam upon completing an undergraduate major in law and serving a year's apprenticeship. This undergraduate option would substantially decrease the cost of legal education and thus in the long run reduce the costs of legal services, particularly to poor and middle class. It would also decrease the deadweight loss from unnecessarily prolonged education and reduce the number of lawyers made unhappy by debt. Experience abroad suggests that this option would not unduly diminish the quality of lawyers. The undergraduate option would also provide other substantial benefits. For instance, it would increase diversity in the legal profession and offer a greater variety of career choices for lawyers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)117-131
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Review of Law and Economics
StatePublished - Jun 2014


  • Conference paper
  • Legal education
  • Legal services
  • Unlocking the law

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Law


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