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ABA Accredits Private Law School

Phoenix School of Law, a privately owned Arizona law school with 128 students, has won provisional accreditation from the American Bar Association's Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar. That means that when the school graduates its first class next year, the graduates will be able to take the bar exam. After three years, the school will be eligible to seek full accreditation.

The school, which opened in January 2005, is part of The InfiLaw System, a consortium of independent law schools that also includes Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville, Fla., and Charlotte School of Law in Charlotte, N.C. Florida Coastal, which opened its doors in 1996, is fully ABA accredited, while Charlotte, which opened last year, remains unaccredited.

InfiLaw and Phoenix are overseen by a national policy board chaired by Dennis Archer, 2003-2004 president of the American Bar Association and chairman of Detroit's Dickinson Wright. Accreditation also means that the school can create clinical student-advocacy programs, receive federal student loan assistance and take part in admissions recruiting events with other ABA-approved schools.

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on June 18, 2007 at 05:11 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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