Friday, October 14, 2005

***ABA Standards clearly show that AMSOL move to Florida would not include transfer of accreditation status***

As there has been endless speculation as to whether an AMSOL move to Florida would affect the accreditation status of the law school, sometimes it helps to just look at the ABA rules, which are very clear on this point. Even if the law school is lobbying the ABA heavily to amend this interpretation of the Standard, it should have been more forthcoming in response to questions on this subject. Students and alumni have a right to know what the ABA standards state today, and not just what they might say in the future.

Standard 101. BASIC REQUIREMENTS FOR APPROVAL
A law school approved by the Association or seeking approval by the Association shall demonstrate that its program is consistent with sound legal education principles. It does so by establishing that it is being operated in compliance with the Standards.

Interpretation 101-2: Accreditation or approval of a law school by the American Bar Association is not transferable. A transfer of all, or substantially all, of the academic programs or assets of (1)a law school or (2) a university or college of which the law school is a part does not include the transfer of the law school’s accreditation status.

3 Comments:

At 2:14 PM, Blogger GenXsurvivor said...

But Standard 105 seems to indicate that change of location is not a "transfer" but merely a "major change in structure" that requires approval. Interpretation 105-1(15).

I now see that 105 would probably apply to my idea for a virtual branch campus as well. I still think it might be a good idea, although it would be like starting a new law school.

 
At 2:25 PM, Blogger NO man said...

genxsurvivor,
You are very astute in your reading of the standards as I believe Standard 105 also plays a crucial role in any decision made by AMSOL to move. However, Standard 105 seems to apply more to a situation where there is a change in the location of the school, but one in which it is still under the same corporation. If you look at the AMC experience and MI law, AMSOL, Inc. would have to dissolve or transfer its assets to another corporation if it moved out of the state - namely to Florida. This would then make Standard 101 the relevant rule to go by. I also appreciate your thoughts on a satellite campus in FL and believe this would be the best solution for all parties involved. Look for a post on the matter in the near future...

 
At 2:46 AM, Blogger quick_bear said...

Standard 701. GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

A law school shall have physical facilities that are adequate both for its current program of legal education and for growth anticipated in the immediate future.

Interpretation 701-1:
Inadequate physical facilities are those that have a negative and material effect on the education students receive or fail to provide reasonable access for persons with disabilities. If equal access for persons with disabilities is not readily achievable, the law school shall provide reasonable accommodation to such persons.

Interpretation 701-2:
Adequate physical facilities shall include:

(1) suitable class and seminar rooms in sufficient number and size to permit reasonable scheduling of all classes and seminars;

(2) suitable space for conducting its professional skills courses and programs, including clinical, pretrial, trial, and appellate programs;

(3) an office for each full-time faculty member adequate for faculty study and for faculty-student conferences, and sufficient office space for part-time faculty members adequate for faculty-student conferences;

(4) space for co-curricular, as opposed to extra-curricular, activities as defined by the law school;

(5) suitable space for all staff; and

(6) suitable space for equipment and records in proximity to the individuals and offices served.

Interpretation 701-3:
To obtain full approval, a law school's facilities shall be completed and occupied by the law school; plans or construction in progress are insufficient.

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Standard 702. LAW LIBRARY

The physical facilities for the law library shall be sufficient in size, location, and design in relation to the law school's programs and enrollment to accommodate the law school's students and faculty and the law library's services, collections, staff, operations, and equipment.

Interpretation 702-1:
A law library shall have sufficient seating to meet the needs of the law school's students and faculty.

Standard 703. RESEARCH AND STUDY SPACE

A law school shall provide, on site, sufficient quiet study and research seating for its students and faculty. A law school should provide space that is suitable for group study and other forms of collaborative work.

Standard 704. TECHNOLOGICAL CAPACITIES

A law school shall have the technological capacities that are adequate for both its current program of legal education and for growth anticipated in the immediate future.

Interpretation 704-1:
Inadequate technological capacities are those that have a negative and material effect on the education students receive.

Interpretation 704-2:
Adequate technological capacity shall include:

(1) sufficient and up-to-date hardware and software resources and infrastructure to support the teaching, scholarship, research, service and administrative needs of the school;

(2)sufficient staff support and space for staff operations;

(3)sufficient financial resources to adopt and maintain new technology as appropriate.

 

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