Sunday, November 26, 2006
The ABA's Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar publishes a hard-copy newsletter that is sent to all Section members, mostly law school administrators and professors. In the most recent edition, on page 2, Dean Steve Smith, past chair of the Section, has a piece entitled "The Best System of Accountability in America." After saying how great the ABA accreditation process is, he continues on page 3:
"The current system, in part, is a victim of its own success. The ability to enforce meaningful standards has led groups to seek to use accreditation for their own narrow purposes. Such claims are made, for example, about deans, faculty, clinicans, legal writing instructors and librarians...."
If you are not a member of this ABA Section, you can probably access the Syllabus newsletter at any U.S. law school library. Subscriptions are also available at: http://www.abanet.org/legaled/publications/pubs.html