Thursday, October 10, 2019
Following up on my previous posts:
Lyle Moran, What Would Thomas Jefferson Losing Its ABA Accreditation Mean For Students?:
Embattled Thomas Jefferson School of Law is working to assure its current students that they will still be able to take the bar exam outside of California even if the school loses its ABA accreditation due to its financial and academic issues.
This message was most recently conveyed in an email to students from the San Diego school’s dean, Linda Keller. She wrote that what prompted her message was incorrect information about Thomas Jefferson in a different news outlet.
“If a school loses accreditation, the next step is typically what’s called a teach-out,” Keller wrote in the Sept. 26 email. “This is a way for a school to ensure that its current students can finish their education and graduate. The ABA’s recently approved teach-out arrangements for other schools have provided that the law school keeps its ABA accreditation while it teaches out its current students. As a result, those teach-out students graduate with a degree from an ABA-approved law school and may sit for the bar exam in other jurisdictions.” ...
Whether Thomas Jefferson would actually need a teach-out period if it lost ABA accreditation presents an interesting question.
In most other states, ABA accreditation is the only type available to a law school, so it makes sense when schools in those locations are given the opportunity for a teach-out.
But California permits schools to receive accreditation from the State Bar, and the state also permits unaccredited schools to register with the bar.
Thomas Jefferson has already secured approval from the State Bar to be a California-accredited school if the ABA rejects the school’s pending appeal to remain accredited. The state accreditation would allow the law school’s graduates to take California’s difficult bar exam.