Sunday, February 6, 2022
Law Students Face Mandatory Bias Training Beginning In Fall 2022 Under Proposed ABA Diversity Accreditation Requirement
"Law schools would have to train students in bias, racism and crosscultural competency under a proposal before the American Bar Association’s policymaking body this month.
The ABA’s House of Delegates on Feb. 14 will consider a series of changes to its law school accreditation rules, including a new requirement that schools provide bias training at least twice during a student’s time on campus — once at the start of their studies and at least once more before they graduate."
"But the proposal has garnered skepticism from some inside and outside the legal academy. The majority of public comments the council received warned that requiring bias training would interfere with curricula or convey a particular ideology. Some also said the proposal is too vague."
"'It is more constructive to foster spaces that encourage the free exchange of ideas than to impose consensus through mandatory training and courses,' the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education said in a comment it submitted."
"A group of 10 Yale law professors wrote that requiring bias training is an 'unwarranted intrusion' on the autonomy of law schools." (here)
"The organization is also slated to consider the addition of ethnicity, gender identity and military status to the accreditation standard prohibiting discrimination, as well as requirements that schools provide information about student well-being resources and student loan repayment."