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ABA accreditation in sight

Christina Collins Burton

The University of La Verne College of Law this week won back its provisional accreditation from the American Bar Association’s Council of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar.

On March 16 the accreditation council met with College of Law representatives in Florida. The La Verne Team argued successfully that accreditation deserved to be reinstated by the ABA.

After the College of Law was denied full accreditation last year, many COL students withdrew not wanting to graduate from a non-accredited law school.

President Devorah Lieber­man began working with interim dean Phil Hawkey and the Board of Trustees in fall 2011 to improve academic support for the COL to help it meet the accreditation board standards.

The College of Law proposed a three-year plan that would help it meet ABA requirements.

Now with provisional accreditation, the COL is the only Inland Southern California law school that is ABA sanctioned. Current students of the College of Law are able to graduate in the spring and know that their degrees are recognized outside of California. The COL will keep its provisional ABA approval through 2017.

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