The ABA accreditation committee rejected the University of La Verne College of Law's bid for full accreditation last week. La Verne, which received provisional accreditation in 2006, sought full accreditation last year. The ABA Council, the final arbiter of these decisions, deferred its decision for a year. Now the accreditation committee is recommending that the Council deny full accreditation.
La Verne's challenge is simple: its alumni have not passed the California bar at sufficiently high rates. In July 2009, 34% of La Verne graduates passed the state's bar on their first attempt. This number rose to 47% in July 2010. In July 2010, 68% of first time takers passed the California bar.