Not all law schools offer an “equal education,” and employers have the right to require candidates to graduate from American Bar Association-accredited institutions, according to an Oct. 28 ruling from California’s Fourth District Court of Appeal.

“Although graduation from an ABA-accredited law school is not a guaranty of an attorney’s skill level, intelligence, or professional qualifications, the record shows it is a reliable indicator or predictor of those characteristics,” wrote Acting Presiding Justice Richard Aronson in an unpublished opinion joined by Associate Justices David Thompson and Richard Fybel.

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