Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Whittier's Dean Timely Responds By Explaining That Whittier's Probation Has Been Extended Until Feb. 2009
As readers of this blog are aware, Adjunct Law Prof has been following the developments concerning Whittier Law School's probationary accreditation status. Intially, the ABA threatened to revoke its accredition due to poor bar passage rates. Whittier filed a lawsuit seeking a TRO to prevent this from happening. Eventually, the lawsuit was withdrawn after Whittier's bar passage rate improved. Previous posts on this topic together with a copy of some of the litigation documents can be found here, here and here.
On August 28, 2007, we noted that Whittier had not updated its web site to reflect what happened at the early August 2007 ABA accreditation meeting and challenged Dean Neil Cogan to explain why. I am pleased to report that in an email to me Dean Cogan explained that he was waiting for written ABA confirmation which he did not get until last Thursday. Dean Cogan explained that Whittier's probationary accreditation status has been extended until Feb. 2009 and that he will shortly have the schools web site updated to reflect this fact. A copy of Dean Cogan's August 28, 2007 e-mail to me is available here Download Whittier.wpd. (Note, depending on your browser, you may have to first save this word perfect file to your desktop.).
Congratulations Whittier. We fully expect that you will regain full accreditation status by continuing to increase your bar passage rate.
Mitchell H. Rubinstein