Saturday, February 17, 2018
ABA Journal, ABA Removes Remedial Actions Requirements for Ave Maria School of Law:
Finding that Ave Maria School of Law is now in compliance with an accreditation standard addressing admissions, the council of the ABA’s Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar has removed requirements of specific remedial actions.
The council decision was recently posted on the Legal Education Section’s website. Public notice about the law school’s compliance with Standard 501(a) and 501(b) was first given in August 2016, after the council affirmed an accreditation committee finding that the law school was not in compliance with the standard. ...
“The ABA seems to have decided that schools should not be admitting significant numbers of extremely high-risk students, which I have defined as students with an LSAT of 144 or below, with correspondingly low grades,” David Frakt, a Florida lawyer and a frequent critic of the accreditation process, told the ABA Journal. “I assume that when Ave Maria submitted its reliable plan to improve their admissions profile that they promised to bring their bottom 25 percent up to 145. Now that they have done that, there is no need to continue the interim monitoring.” ...
In addition to posting public notice about Ave Maria, Legal Ed posted a Feb.14 memo on its website stating that it has withdrawn approval of Charlotte School of Law. The InfiLaw school closed in August, after the council rejected its teach-out plan. That followed the U.S. Department of Education pulling the school’s access to student loans, the state accreditation agency denying its request for a license deadline extension and the North Carolina attorney general’s office opening a civil fraud investigation.
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