ABA Won't Accredit Foreign Law Schools
The American Bar Associations has announced that it will not accredit law schools outside the United States. Several panels of the ABA have studied the issue. An association statement said that reviewing foreign law schools would "divert the [legal education] section's attention and resources at a time of significant strain on its finances and personnel." At the same time, the ABA said that there was a "need to identify and establish appropriate standards and procedures for the licensing of foreign lawyers who would like to practice in this country." The impetus for the review was a request for accreditation from the Peking University School of Transnational Law, which offers students both a Chinese-style law degree and a J.D. program based on American law school curriculums.