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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it is a reliable indicator or predictor of those characteristics,” wrote Acting Presiding Justice Richard Aronson in an unpublished opinion joined by Associate Justices David Thompson and Richard Fybel.

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Alaina Lancaster

Alaina Lancaster, based in San Francisco, covers disruptive trends and technologies shaping the future of law. She authors the weekly legal futurist newsletter What's Next. Contact her at [email protected]. On Twitter: @a_lancaster3

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