Monday, August 3, 2015

ABA accreditation committee also rejects paid law school externships for credit and repeals rule permitting admission of non-LSAT applicants

Following up on yesterday's post about the ABA's rule change on how law schools report subsidized student jobs, the Section on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar also rejected a pending proposal to allow paid student externships for credit (here, here and here) and repealed the rule that permitted law schools to admit up to 10% of matriculants without having taken the LSAT. The ABA Journal blog has more details:

ABA Rejects Pay-for-Externs Proposal, LSAT Exemption

Law students won’t be allowed to receive both pay and academic credit for externships this year after all.


The American Bar Association’s Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar on Friday declined to eliminate its ban on such arrangements, citing vociferous opposition from clinical law professors.


Convening in Chicago during the ABA’s annual meeting, the council also voted to revoke a year-old rule allowing law schools to admit up to 10 percent of their first-year classes from applicants who have not taken the Law School Admission Test.


The council approved changes to the way schools report graduates employed in jobs funded by the school itself.


The rejection of the externship proposal followed a nearly two-year debate. In early June, the council seemed inclined to remove the long-standing ban when it submitted the proposal for public notice and comment. Members had prepared to seek final approval of the rule change before the ABA’s House of Delegates, meeting Monday and Tuesday.


Had both the council and the delegates signed off, the change would have taken effect in the fall, subject to agreement by individual law schools.


The proposal may yet return, however. The council voted to send the rules governing field placements back to the committee that examines accreditation standards, said Barry Currier, the ABA’s managing director for accreditation and legal education.

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