Wednesday, April 9, 2008
We have previously followed Whittier Law School's ABA accreditation problems. They have been on probation for a number of years and at one point, they were in jeopardy of loosing their provisional accreditation. However, a March 14, 2008 letter from Dean Cogan states that the school's bar passage rate has improved and is in-line with recently amended ABA standards. As Dean Cogan states:
Because our bar passage rates in 2003-07, the pertinent five-year period under the new rule, are well in compliance, we have requested to be removed from probation. The ABA Accreditation Committee will consider that request on April 17-19, and the ABA Council will review the Accreditation Committee’s recommendation on June 6-8. I expect that after those meetings, the ABA will remove the Law School’s probationary status.
While this is certainly good news for Whittier, I am a bit troubled by the Dean's response. Specifically, he did not include the school's bar passage rate. Additionally, he did not discuss why the school now complies with ABA standards. Were the ABA standards lowered??
Mitchell H. Rubinstein