U.S. first nation with 200 accredited law schools

July 7, 2008 The United States has become the world's first nation of 200 accredited law schools, as the American Bar Association gave provisional approval to two North Carolina institutions.

In other countries, it's much harder to become a lawyer. In the United States, the doors are open and getting wider. At the largest law firms, median starting salaries were $145,000 last fall, but high-paying law firms recruit almost exclusively at institutions ranked in the top 15. Overall, the median salary for new lawyers is $62,000. For public interest law jobs, new lawyers can expect about $40,000.

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