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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Florida Coastal Law School Drops Lawsuit Against ABA

Florida, Another Law School Drops Suit Against ABA:

The flood of accreditation lawsuits filed against the American Bar Association by law schools in 2017 and 2018 has all but evaporated, with just one of the four litigations still pending.

Florida Coastal School of Law and the ABA’s legal education arm on Tuesday filed notice in federal court that they are jointly dismissing the suit the Jacksonville school brought last May, which alleged that the ABA’s law school accreditation standards are unlawfully vague and applied unevenly across campuses. The ABA had found the school out of compliance with its admissions standards.

The new filing offered no insight into why the parties are dismissing the case, but Florida Coastal Dean Scott DeVito said Wednesday that the school is confident in the ABA’s accreditation process moving forward. ...

Barry Currier, the ABA’s managing director of accreditation and legal education, said the suit’s dismissal—with prejudice and with each side paying its own costs—is a positive development.

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