January 6, 2011
3:30 pm - 5:15 pm
Session Type: AALS Hot Topic Programs
Session Capacity: N/A
Hotel: Hilton San Francisco Union Square
Room: Yosemite C
Floor: Ballroom Level
This panel will address the concerns arising out of the July 19, 2010, Report of the Special Committee on Foreign Law Schools Seeking Approval under ABA Standards. The ABA Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar appointed this special committee in June 2010. In its July report, the special committee recommended that:
The Council should authorize the Accreditation Project to go forward with considering the accreditation of law schools outside the United States borders that meet all of the prevailing Section Accreditation Standards and Rules of Procedure. . . .
This proposal has attracted numerous comments and raises a host of issues, including:
- Would existing ABA standards be adequate to measure the quality of legal education delivered in a foreign setting where education and social context differ from that of the U.S.?
- How will “accreditation” of a foreign law school from a different social, economic and political system be squared with some of the fundamental core values of American law schools, e.g., full time tenured faculty, academic freedom, and diversity? Will it lead to a weakening of these values to “accommodate” the “local” situation?
- How would such an expansion of ABA approved schools overseas impact the quality of existing U.S. schools? Would such “outsourcing” of legal education result in law degrees of lower quality, albeit at significantly reduced cost? <
Fees information is not available at this time.