> I've got a few [applied] math credits but no degrees.
> Since that club includes people like Bill Gates and Larry Ellison,
> I don't mind the company.
> Other than situations, where the necessity of dealing with monopolies
> where a degree is required (lawyers, doctors and to a lesser degree
> universities), why would you ever want to be a member of a club that
> would admit you? :-)
In some enlightened states where the old boy's club of the state bar assosiation doesn't have quite so strong a stranglehold, it is possible to become a practicing attorney without paying tribute to law school just by passing the bar exam.
Medical schools and the AMA, though, still have a monopoly on practicing medicine, although many specific procedures have been moved out of that realm and into the hands of nurses and techs. It is also possible--though strongly discouraged and very hard-- to be admitted to medical school without a bachelor's degree. I've considered doing that myself, and probably would if I could scrape together the money to quit work for that long.
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