It’s my understanding lawyers like Abe Lincoln and Andrew Jackson were largely self-taught. They used law books that other lawyers had in their offices.
Is that still possible in any US state?
For example, there are accelerated, cram courses designed to prep people for state bar exams.
Former law students might loan textbooks to a friend that can’t afford to attend law school.
Is it possible to practice law without a formal degree?
Does it matter if it’s civil or criminal law?