An American Bar Association panel has voted to maintain tenure as a requirement for law school accreditation, The National Law Journal reported. The panel has spent more than five years reviewing standards for law school accreditation, and earlier versions of its planned reforms removed the tenure requirement. Critics of the requirement said that law schools needed more flexibility. Other critics said that they personally favored tenure but did not believe that a tenure system should be an accreditation requirement. But many faculty members opposed the change, and said that it would limit academic freedom. A final vote on the plan is expected by the ABA in August. The American Association of University Professors, which has opposed the rules change, issued a statement Monday praising the ABA panel for keeping tenure as a requirement.