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Court Battles Could Expose ‘Secretive’ Law School Accreditation (Corrected)

July 6, 2018, 2:03 PMUpdated: July 10, 2018, 8:45 PM

The American Bar Association’s law school accreditation standards are at the center of a court fight that could shed light on its review process alleged to be secretive and unconstitutionally punitive.

Criticism of ABA compliance enforcement and sentiment that law school certification may be ripe for change are a backdrop for lawsuits brought by three for-profit schools singled out for underperformance.

The ABA is the official accrediting body for law schools. Only some states allow students from non-accredited law schools to take the bar exam, which is required to practice law.

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