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Summary: After the government announced they may change the system back to the old one, making the law school education current students are obtaining pointless, they are attempting to fight back.

While most law school students are focused on studying for exams, students in South Korea have bigger issues on their mind. Students from all 25 law schools in South Korea are taking a stance and boycotting classes and exams to protest the Justice Ministry.


Before 2009, the only way to obtain a law license in the country was by taking the state bar exam and anyone was eligible to take the exam. The government decided in 2009 to change to a more US-style system that required those taking the exam to attend one of the 25 newly established law schools.

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The Justice Ministry has changed their mind about the new system and announced that it intends to defer plans to do away with the old system in 2017. High education costs have many in the country wanting the old system back. Tuition ranges from $28,000 to $38,000 in U.S. for the three years of studying law.

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Students currently enrolled in the law schools are beyond upset at this announcement and are using the only real power they have – to threaten to drop out. Class President of Konkuk University Law School Park Soo-kwan said, “The Justice Ministry has not been showing a clear stance on the retention or abolition of state-administered exams, but all of a sudden, announced that it would be delayed for four years. So we have decided to drop out and refuse taking classes, determined to do everything we can as students.”

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The students will also hold a rally outside the Justice Ministry building but they won’t be the only ones. Students that prefer the old system are out rallying as well.




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