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Thursday, April 26, 2018

ABA: Western Michigan-Cooley Law School Is Now In Compliance With Accreditation Standards

Thomas Cooley Logo (2017)Following up on my previous posts (links below):  ABA Journal, Cooley Law Back in Compliance, ABA Accreditation Committee Says:

Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School has come into compliance with an admissions standard that requires accredited schools to only admit candidates who appear capable of finishing law school and gaining admission to a state bar, according to public notice recently posted by the ABA’s Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar.

The section’s council in November 2017 affirmed an accreditation committee finding that Cooley was not in compliance with Standard 501(b), which focuses on admissions, and Interpretation 501-1, which discusses factors to consider in admissions.

The school filed a temporary restraining order motion on Nov. 14 to prevent the council from making the letter about the notice public. The motion was rejected in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. A lawsuit Cooley filed against the ABA, alleging that posting the letter violated the Higher Education Act and common-law due process, is pending. On April 23, U.S. District Court Judge Arthur J. Tarnow set a May 1 status conference for the lawsuit, according to court notices published on PacerPro.

The law school was not available for comment at press time.

“The ABA law school accreditation process includes opportunities for schools to address matters of noncompliance determined by the accreditation committee and the council,” Barry Currier, the ABA’s managing director of accreditation and legal education, said via email. “When that occurs, and the committee or the council conclude that the steps taken by a school have addressed the concerns that led to the finding of noncompliance, then the appropriate action is to find that the school has returned to good standing on those issues.” Currier would not comment on the pending litigation.

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