August 10, 2007
The Maine Supreme Court denied permission to sit for the Maine bar exam to an applicant who had graduated from Massachusetts School of Law, which is not accredited by the ABA. The applicant has been admitted in Connecticut. The court declined to extend its ruling to permit graduates of the institution who are admitted in Massachusetts to sit for the Maine bar to other states, as such an extension would require the court and bar admitting authorities "to make ad hoc determinations about the quality and seriousness of legal education offered at unaccredited law schools."
This doesn't make much sense to me. If the court accepts applicants from this law school who are admitted in Massachusetts, the court need not engage in any ad hoc analysis to allow the applicant who has obtained admission in Connecticut a chance for Maine admission. (Mike Frisch)
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