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ABA vs. Non-ABA Accredited Law Schools

Podcast Highlight:

This week’s podcast discusses deciding between an ABA-accredited and a non-ABA-accredited law school. On the program we have Richard Hermann, professor at Concord Law School, a non-ABA-accredited online law school; Hulett H. “Bucky” Askew, Consultant on Legal Education to the American Bar Association (ABA); and George Leal, the Director of Educational Standards in the Office of Admissions at the State Bar of California.

Potential law school students have hundreds of law schools to choose from. An important aspect of this choice is whether or not the school is accredited, and which accreditation it holds. Our guests will discuss the different accreditations that are available, and what students should consider before choosing a law school.

Our first guest, Hulett “Bucky” Askew, Consultant on Legal Education to the American Bar Association, discusses the ABA’s standards the ABA requires law school to achieve before bestowing accreditation. He also talks about how important it is for students to consider where they want to practice so that they can make sure to attend a law school that complies with that state’s bar requirements. Askew advises students to thoroughly research law schools before attending so they know exactly what to expect.

On today’s program we will also discuss another large accreditation program, the State Bar of California. George Leal, the Director of Educational Standards in the Office of Admissions at the State Bar of California, discusses their accreditation process and how non-ABA-accredited law schools in California can earn accreditation from his organization. In addition to detailing his organization’s accreditation process, Leal also discusses the difference between the ABA’s and the State Bar of California’s requirements for accreditation.

Our final guest, Richard Hermann, professor at Concord Law School (a non-ABA-accredited online law school), says that students have many reasons to choose a specific law school and states that the ability to sit for any state’s bar examination may end up being a deciding factor in favor of an ABA-accredited law program. He also discusses how non-ABA accredited law schools can be good choice for the right student.

Guests:

Hulett H. “Bucky” AskewConsultant on Legal Education to the American Bar Association
George Leal – Director of Educational Standards in the Office of Admissions at the State Bar of California
Richard Hermann – Professor at Concord Law School

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