Implementation of New Standards and Rules for Approval of Law Schools
At its meeting on Monday, August 11, 2014, in Boston, the ABA House of Delegates concurred in all of the proposed new Standards and Rules of Procedure for Approval of Law Schools with the exception of Interpretation 305-2. The Interpretation, which prohibits law schools from granting credit for field placement programs for which the student receives compensation, was referred back to the Council after the House heard strong testimony for and against the provision. Because the revised Standards proposed to continue the existing rule on this matter, the existing rule remains in place, pending further review by the Council.
Revised Standards - Clean copy
Explanation of Changes
Revised Rules of Procedure
Standards Review Committee
This committee is charged with reviewing proposed changes in or additions to Standards, Interpretations, Rules, Policies, Procedures, and Criteria. Proposed changes are referred to the committee by the Council for its review and recommendations.
- Comments Received During Comprehensive Review
(prior to Notice and Comment)
- Comments Received During Notice and Comment
Comprehensive Review of the Standards
In September 2008, the Council of the Section of the Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar began a comprehensive review of the ABA Standards and Rules of Procedure for the Approval of Law Schools. The Council will rely on the work of its Standards Review Committee to complete this project, which we expect to take at least the next two academic years. We welcome and encourage comments, observations or suggestions about the efficacy and appropriateness of any of the Standards or Rules, or suggestions for new Standards or Rules. Comments can be sent to JR Clark.
- Statement of Principles of Accreditation and Fundamental Goals of a Sound Program of Legal Education
If you are interested in attending a meeting of the Standards Review Committee, please contact JR Clark for additional information.