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By Harrison Barnes, CEO and Founder - BCG Attorney Search
The backdrop of ABA's consideration of providing accreditation to foreign law schools
It was two years ago that a panel of legal luminaries recommended that the accreditation power of the ABA should be expanded to include foreign law schools, which followed a U.S. model, as already many bar associations and judges faced considerable pressure on admitting foreign lawyers. This was in 2010.
In 2011, another committee rejected the earlier recommendation on the basis of public comments and concerns that such a move would affect domestic law students. The findings of the new committee included that accreditation of overseas law schools by the ABA would lead to increased competition in the domestic market. Opponents also maintained that overseeing the compliance of ABA standards overseas would be next to impossible, and could take away vital resources from U.S. law schools.
The PUSTL made its first application in 2008 to gain ABA accreditation, with the avowed aims of allowing its graduates the abilities to sit for bar exams in the U.S. and join international law firms. However, due to the above given reasons and committee recommendations the decision was delayed. But it is scheduled to be on the tables again for reconsideration this week. And as Karen Sloan remarked aptly on the National Law Journal, “The third time may well be the charm.”
Recommendations made by ABA's first Special Committee on Foreign Law Schools Seeking Approval Under ABA Standards
The first committee dealing with the matter from June 2008 submitted its recommendations in August 2010, and the recommendations included that: