ABA to Reconsider Accrediting Distance Learning Law Schools in 2010

Most states require candidates to be graduates of ABA-approved law schools in order to sit for the bar exam.  To date, the ABA has not approved any “distance learning” law schools.  ABA Standard 306 cites the ABA’s “general policy” from Standard 304(f) that a law school shall not grant credit for study by correspondents.

However, the ABA Standards Review Committee intends to review these policies in the Fall of 2010. Above the Law posted a statement from an ABA spokesperson who asked readers for comments and suggestions regarding a potential change in the ABA’s policy:

The Standards Review Committee will produce a report on recommended changes to the standards when it finishes its work, and it will then hold public hearings. But even before then, it is seeking comment… [I]t would be lovely if you included in your story the following line: Comments and suggestions should be sent to Charlotte Stretch, Assistant Consultant, stretchc@staff.abanet.org.

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Source: Above the Law

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