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Thursday, March 27, 2014

ABA Releases Online Guide to Law Schools, Stops Publishing LSAC-ABA Guide


The ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar has released the new online Official Guide to ABA-Approved Law Schools:

The online Official Guide succeeds the ABA-LSAC Official Guide to ABA-Approved Law Schools publication and provides the ABA data charts previously posted on the Law School Admission Council website.

Standard 509 (Required Disclosures) of the ABA Standards and Rules for Approval of Law Schools sets out the consumer information that each ABA-approved law school must publish. Included in the required disclosures are admissions data; tuition and fees, living costs, and financial aid; conditional scholarships; enrollment data, including academic, transfer, and other attrition; numbers of full-time and part-time faculty, professional librarians, and administrators; class sizes for first-year and upper-class courses, and number of seminar, clinical, and co-curricular offerings; employment outcomes; and bar passage data.

On the new Official Guide page, data charts can be generated for each ABA-approved law school through the Standard 509 Information Reports and Employment Summary Reports drop-down menus. Links to all of the ABA-approved law schools allows users to access the ABA Required Disclosures posted by schools as required by Standard 509.

The Official Guide page also includes links to other ABA information previously included in the ABA-LSAC Official Guide:

  • Legal Education Statistics
  • Bar Admissions
  • Post-JD and Non-JD Programs
  • Pre-Law Information
  • Pro Bono Legal Services
  • Student Loan Repayment
  • The ABA Accreditation Process

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