Abraham Lincoln. Clarence Darrow. John Marshall. Some of America’s most famous attorneys never graduated from law school. They “read the law,” teaching themselves or apprenticing with an experienced lawyer before joining the bar.

Reading the law fell out of vogue in the United States during the late 19th century, when schools of law were established and the newly formed American Bar Association started pushing states to require formal postgraduate education.

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