Kudos to the College of Law

This month the College of Law was officially recommended for full accreditation by the American Bar Association, with the final word from the ABA expected in March.

This marks a huge milestone in the law school’s 18-year, sometimes bumpy, and expensive road to this national accreditation.

With ABA accreditation, La Verne law school graduates are able to practice law across the United States. Before reaching provisional accreditation, graduates could practice in California only. This makes the College more prominent and stand out to prospective students and visiting professors.

The College of Law has been aiming to reach full ABA accreditation since 1988, after the Board of Trustees first expressed interest in this goal.

With this accreditation, the law school becomes a prestigious and – hopefully – economic force, strengthening the University as a whole, as well as becoming the only ABA accredited law school in the entire Inland Empire.

The College of Law earned its right to be more than just provisionally approved since 73 percent of the its students passed the California Bar Exam in 2014. They have maintained the satisfying passing rates since and the ABA has taken notice.

In addition to the College of Law’s impressive Bar Exam passing rates, the College satisfied nearly all the requirements needed to be considered for full accreditation by the ABA.

Such requirements include: simulation courses, a professional environment and suitable technology to support the academic environment in the College.

The nearly two-decade struggle may finally reach its end and the College may just earn their deserved accreditation finally.

Kudos to College of Law Dean Gilbert Holmes, the law school staff, faculty and everyone else who made the vision of  ABA Accreditation one step closer to becoming a reality for this campus. You’ve done our University proud!

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