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Against the Tide.

Against the Tide

Debbie Hagan

Hamilton Books

c/o Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group

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Against the Tide is the true story of a law school that dared to buck the American Bar Association's requirements for admitting candidates. In an era when only those who score high enough on LSATs and have the money to attend the most costly colleges can even attempt the bar exam, the dream of becoming a lawyer is open largely to those with money and privilege. The Massachusetts School of Law was not the first law school that attempted to be affordable, accessible to students of all socio-economic groups, and relying on its own admissions standards rather than ABA-dictated criteria, but it put up a fiercer fight than its predecessors. The MSL took the ABA to court more than once after they withdrew their accreditation, accusing the ABA of antitrust violations and anti-competitive tactics, arguing that the MSL attempted to fulfill as many ABA requirements as it could, but the demanding costs of fulfilling them all would have resulted in a tuition spike that would price their courses out of the reach of the very community they were trying to serve. Against the Tide is a courageous David and Goliath story, and even though The Massachusetts School of Law did not gain accreditation from the ABA, it was victorious in other ways --for one, it earns accreditation from the reknowned New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Highly recommended.
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Author:Buhle, Willis M.
Publication:Reviewer's Bookwatch
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Dec 1, 2004
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