Law School Accreditation Should Not Be Weakened

The AAUP this week submitted comments to the American Bar Association opposing proposed revisions to the ABA’s accreditation standards that would eliminate a requirement that full-time faculty “teach more than one-half of the total credit hours offered by the law school in a year or more than two-thirds of student contact hours generated in that year.” The proposal removes any requirement that full-time faculty teach upper-class courses. In many law schools, this would result in a significant increase in the percentage of faculty in part-time positions, all or almost all of which are non-tenure-track. This would likely be accompanied by a decrease in the percentage of full-time tenure-track appointments, and might negatively impact the diversity of the faculty and the research and teaching of innovative or controversial subjects. By permitting law schools to make significant increases in part-time non-tenure-track positions, the proposal, if enacted, would undermine tenure, academic freedom, and due process protections. The AAUP believes that in weakening the role of tenure in law schools, this proposal would severely harm American legal education.

Read the AAUP's letter


Publication Date: 
Wednesday, July 12, 2017