Home

Proposed Law School Accreditation Standards to Change Reporting of Graduate Employment
Download PDF

The American Bar Association has made new drafts to its law school accreditation standards.  These proposed changes would change the way that law schools report employment information for their graduates, as well as making the requirements for passing the bar stricter, and allowing distance education students to take more credit hours.  Several other major changes have also been proposed.

According to a letter from the consumer information subcommittee of the Standards Review Committee of the ABA, the requirement that exists for law schools to publish “placement rates” and “basic consumer information” leaves a lot open to interpretation.

  
What
Where


The subcommittee also wrote the following: “Not surprisingly, with such a vague standard, schools’ practices vary widely.  Some schools provide detailed information; others provide a bare minimum.”

According to the new proposal, the employment status of students after nine months would be disclosed by law schools, in addition to the percentage of the students in law school-funded jobs.  They would also be required to give information about the percentage of graduates with employment that requires bar passage and those who hold non-legal jobs.  Schools will also be required to specify how many students they have in part-time and full-time jobs.

These proposals will be discussed in Chicago by the Standards Review Committee on April 2 and 3.  It will have an open forum as part of the meeting so that other parties can give their own comments about the proposals.

Get JD Journal in Your Mail

Subscribe to our FREE daily news alerts and get the latest updates on the most happening events in the legal, business, and celebrity world. You also get your daily dose of humor and entertainment!!




 

SEARCH IN ARCHIVE

Most Popular

Legal Career Resources

May 24, 2016 10 Mistakes Attorneys Make That Kill Their Careers

Summary: Attorneys looking to work and stay working at big law firms need to avoid making these 10 mistakes. Read 10 Biggest Career Mistakes Big Law Firm Attorneys Make (and 10 Ways to Survive in a Big Firm) to learn […]

read more
To Top