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Monday, December 6, 2010

ABA Puts Brakes On Foreign Law School Accreditation

Jeffry Lehman, chancellor and founding dean of the Peking University School of Transnational Law, got some bad news this weekend.  The Council of the ABA's Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar voted the following resolution regarding the section's Report of Special Committee on Foreign Law Schools Seeking Approval under ABA Standards:

Consistent with the first recommendation of the Kane Committee report and in view of the comments received by the Council with respect to that report, I move that the Council continue with its consideration of the approval of foreign law schools and engage in our consideration appropriate public and private stakeholders, for example, the Conference of Chief Justices, state bar examiners, legal educators, representatives of the legal profession, and public officials. Until the Council has fully vetted the issue as to whether to expand the accreditation role of the Section to encompass law schools located outside of the U.S. and its territories, the section will not proceed with consideration of any application for provisional approval from a foreign law school.

I've posted a bit more on the issue at the Faculty Lounge.

http://leiterlawschool.typepad.com/leiter/2010/12/aba-puts-brakes-on-foreign-law-school-accreditation.html

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