The ABA House of Delegates concurred Tuesday with the action of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar’s governing council to make a dozen changes in the law school accreditation standards. Most of the changes were either technical corrections or clarifications of revisions made during the section’s six-year project to overhaul the standards, which was completed last year.
And according to the intrepid Jim Alfini (S. Texas), who doubles as a delegate to the ABA House of Delegates, the changes reported above includes revisions to the language of Standard 304(b). This is important because last year Std. 304(b), which provides the definition of law school clinics, was revised in a manner that excluded mediation clinics from the definition of a law school clinic. And for those who aren’t regular readers of this blog, coverage of this oversight and the subsequent work of those trying to rectify the situation can be found here, here, and here. It is official, mediation clinics are now legitimately considered law school clinics again. Feel free to alert your Associate Dean.
Thanks again to Jim Alfini, Howard Herman, Carol Izumi, Brian Pappas, Geetha Ravindra, Jen Reynolds, and Nancy Welsh – my fellow members of an ABA Dispute Resolution Section task force convened specifically to address this issue – for their work on this.
Update: Here’s a link to the memo Barry Currier (Managing Director of Accreditation and Legal Education) sent out stating which standards have been updated and it has updated language.