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ABA House to consider law school accreditation policies

The American Bar Association House of Delegates is looking at updating its rules and procedures for how the ABA accredits law schools at its annual meeting next month in Chicago.

The ABA House of Delegates, which determines the association’s policies, is slated to take a look at its standardized test requirement for prospective law students. Under a new standard, a test like the LSAT would no longer be required, but school will be considered out of compliance if its admission standards does not require a “valid and reliable test.” In the last few years, around two dozen law schools have announced they will accept the GRE for admissions, the ABA said.

Both law schools in Maryland have said they will wait for guidance from the ABA before considering the GRE as an acceptable admissions test.

The Council of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, which is considered the sole accreditation agency for law schools, is also looking speed up its law school review process by eliminating its accreditation and standards review committees, the ABA said.


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