“Reading law” used to be a common method of qualifying for law practice. California offers the option of “reading law” rather than formal law school education as a route to qualification as an attorney. Other states which still allow individuals to qualify as lawyers include Vermont, Virginia, and Washington. For more about the transition from reading law to the now familiar method of law school training, check out William P. LaPiana, Logic & Experience: The Origin of Modern American Legal Education (Oxford University Press, 1994).
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