The ABA’s Council of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar last week voted overwhelmingly to withhold accreditation from law schools outside the United States. The vote concluded a four-year debate as to whether an extension of accreditation was appropriate to overseas law schools that followed the American educational model.
In 2010, a committee was formed to seriously consider the extension of accreditation to certain non-U.S. schools because it would help state judges and bar associations decide whether to allow foreign-trained lawyers to practice within their jurisdictions.
Law students and law graduates spoke out against the accreditation, and stated that there is already too much competition for very few legal jobs in the county. Perhaps not surprisingly, committee members changed their tune and decided it would be too difficult and expensive to govern these overseas institutions.
What do you think? Is it already too difficult to get a legal job in the U.S. without having to add additional graduates from other countries to the surplus of attorney candidates? As much as an overseas institution would model its program after an American educational model, would that be enough to produce an attorney qualified to practice in the U.S.?