Standards Archives

History

In 1921, the American Bar Association promulgated its first Standards for Legal Education. At the same time, the ABA began to publish a list of ABA-approved law schools that met the ABA Standards. From 1926 to 1935, this information was published as A Review of Legal Education by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement and Teaching and edited by Afred Z. Reed. In 1935, the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar undertook responsibility for the publication with data collection provided by the National Conference of Bar Examiners. The Review of Legal Education continued to be published in that format until 1973 when the Standards were published separately in the ABA Standards and Rules of Procedure.

Review of Legal Education

1926-1927            1944            1959

1928                    1947            1960

1929                    1948            1961

1930                    1949            1962

1931                    1950            1963

1933                    1951            1964

1934                    1952            1965  

1935                    1953            1966

1936                    1954            1967

1937                    1955            1968

1938                    1956            1969

1939                    1957            1970

1942                    1958            1971

 

Standards and Rules by Year

1969

1973            2002

1977            2003-2004

1978            2004-2005

                    2005-2006

1979            2006-2007
           
1981            2007-2008

1983            2008-2009
                       
1984            2009-2010

1985            2010-2011
             
1986            2011-2012

 1987            2012-2013

1988             2013-2014
       
1988 supplement    2014-2015
                           
                            2015-2016
1989

                            2016-2017
1990

1991                    2017-2018

1992                    2018-2019

1993
                    2019-2020
1994

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1998

1999

2000

2001-2002

Standards Updates

2019-2020

Revisions to the 2019-2020 Edition as of June 2020

Changes to the Bylaws

Revisions to the 2019-2020 Edition as of February 2020

Changes to the Standards

Changes to the Rules

Revisions to the 2019-2020 Edition as of November 2019

Changes to Internal Operating Practices Required by New Department of Education Regulations

Revisions to the 2019-2020 Edition as of August 2019

Criteria for Programs Offered by ABA-Approved Law Schools in a Location Outside the United States

Criteria for Programs Offered by ABA-Approved Law Schools in a Location Outside the United States - REDLINED

Notice Regarding Criteria for Programs Offered by ABA-Approved Law Schools in a Location Outside the United States

2019
Revised Standard 316

2018
Adoption and Implementation of Revised ABA Standards and Rules of Procedure for Approval of Law Schools

2017
Adoption and Implementation of Revised ABA Standards and Rules of Procedure for Approval of Law Schools

2016
Adoption and Implementation of Revised Standards and Rules of Procedure for Approval of Law Schools

2015
Explanation of 2015 Revisions to the Standards

2014
Implementation of New Standards and Rules for Approval of Law Schools

Revised Memo on Compliance with Standard 509 (July 2014)

Council Acts on ABA Law School Approval Standards

2013

Compliance with Revised Standard 509

2012

Standard 509 (Consumer Information), Rule 16 (Sanctions) and Foreign Program Criteria (August 2012)

Information on New Standard 509

2011

Standards 105, 306, 512 and Rules 20, 24 (August 2011)

Changes Approved for Statement of Ethical Practices in the Process of Law School Accreditation(March 2011)

Standard 509, Rules 10, 22, 24 (February 2011)

2010

Revisions to Criteria for Approval of Study Abroad Programs Approved (August 2010)