Number of Schools: How many blogs started by unemployed, broke, angry dental practitioners do you run across? Look at the numbers – dental graduates each year are less than 5000. There are only 56 ADA-approved dental schools in the United States. And the number of schools and seats has actually declined from the mid-1980s!! In contrast, the 190+ ABA-approved law schools graduate in excess of 40,000 students each year.
Rankings: The dental schools ABSOLUTELY REFUSE to be ranked by USN&WR. This is an industry that cares about its practitioners and students!! This is the antithesis of law school administrators and ABA lackeys (who only care about Biglaw). For all practical purposes, it does not matter if you have your D.D.S. from Columbia University or Creighton whereas it does matter if you have your J.D. from these institutions. The ADA understands that the training is just as thorough and competent at any of its 56 member schools.
http://www.ada.org/prof/ed/programs/information.asp (under Dental School Rankings)
The majority of law graduates come from non-T14 schools. Hence, their job prospects are limited from the moment they enter said law school – unless, of course they end up ranked #1 in their class. Then there are the non-ABA approved schools, whose graduates will be limited pretty much to PI or criminal defense work in California (if they can pass that state’s bar exam).
Job Security: When you, or one of your kids, have a tooth ache, you make sure to get into a dentist’s office for a checkup. If there is something that needs to be addressed, you then see the doctor again for follow-up treatment and services. Hell, many poor people will gladly pay out of pocket to make sure their teeth are treated. Most poor people cannot afford a competent attorney AND they don’t see this as a vital service.
You also have the option of representing yourself in legal matters. You can usually look up the statutes (and some case law) online, or you can do so at the local law school library. You DO NOT have the option (or the talent, skills, education, tools and competence necessary) to remove your own permanent retainer or perform a root canal on yourself, or on someone else.
In sum, the ADA cares about the investments of their students in their professional training. The first two years of school are classroom-based, whereas the last two years of the program are clinic-based. In contrast, the ABA does not give a damn about the over-saturation of the legal market. Law schools still rely on legal theorists to train future lawyers! The ABA does not require any clinical practice before a student graduates. But the ABA will be sure to make an example of you if you make a mishap as a poorly-trained solo practitioner.