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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Law - One new law school earns full ABA accreditation

From a story by Karen Sloan, The National Law Journal, some quotes:

The American Bar Association has granted full accreditation to the University of California, Irvine School of Law at the earliest possible opportunity—five years after the school opened its doors in 2009. It gained provisional accreditation in 2011.

“From the outset, our goal has been to build a top law school that emphasizes preparing students for the practice of law at the highest levels of the profession,” dean Erwin Chemerinsky said. “I am very proud that the decision by the ABA is at the earliest possible time under the ABA rules.” * * *

Considerable criticism greeted initial plans to build a new law school in California when the Irvine project was announced. Did a state so loaded with law schools (it now is home to 21 accredited by the ABA) need another one?

Chemerinsky has argued that Irvine would offer something different in its emphasis on both public service and real-world training. For example, each student must complete a live-client clinic, and 1Ls perform client-intake interviews at legal aid and public defender offices.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on June 10, 2014 11:12 AM
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