ABA Law School Accreditation Process

The United States Department of Education has recognized the American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar as the accrediting agency “in the United States of programs in legal education that lead to the first professional degree in law . . . .”  See also 34 C.F.R. § 602 (explaining the DOE’s recognition of accrediting agencies). George Mason School of Law was approved by the ABA in 1980.

Under the ABA Rules of Procedure for Accreditation of Law schools, fully accredited law schools are subject to a site evaluation every 7 years. A team of evaluators reviews materials provided by the law school and then conducts a 3-day site visit. These evaluators typically includes a law librarian (see ABA Standards for Library and Information Sources).

George Mason will host an ABA team of evaluators, led by Dean Brad Toben (Baylor Law School) on Sunday, March 30 through Wednesday, April 3, 2014. They will hold an open meeting for students on April 1, 5:00-6:00, in Room 215. Students are welcome to contact Dean Toben directly if they cannot attend the open meeting. The Site Team will be using Hazel Hall Room 314 as its base of operations. You may also contact Dean Toben through his office number: 254.710.1911, fax 254.710.1799, or email at Brad_Toben@baylor.edu.

More information is available in a brochure titled,The Law School Accreditation Process and the current ABA Standards and Rules of Procedure for Approval of Law Schools Both these resources are on the ABA website.

Vote for Catherine Wauters’ Public Interest Application Video

Barbri has partnered with Save the Children to fund a legal fellowship position for a graduating law student. Our own 3L, Catherine Wauters, is in the final 10 finalists in this important and competitive fellowship bid. The top 3 finalists are largely decided by peer vote. Please take a few minutes to visit this page and vote for Catherine’s video. As you will see from her video, the fellowship will enable Catherine to work on an issue near and dear to her, building on her Peace Corp experience in West Africa. We are proud of Catherine and wish her the best, and we need your help to get her this fellowship.

Happy 25th Anniversary WWW!

On March 12, 1989 Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s wrote a paper proposing an “information management” system “based on a distributed hypertext.” This later became known as the World Wide Web. The WWW is, of course, one of the most important services using the Internet.

The impact of the WWW on the law and legal research is too big to summarize in a single blog post. Suffice it to say here that there are few lawyers, and probably no law students, who could imagine conducting legal research without accessing information using the Web:  Shepard’s by hand, reading cases only in reporters, compiling legislative using only books —unthinkable! (and some undoable since most libraries have discarded the necessary resources in print).

Want more information about the WWW’s History? Check out these resources…. online of course:

Help Us Serve You Better!

Please take a few minutes to answer our short annual Student Survey of Law Library and Technology Services and let us know how we are doing and what services that you’d like to see added or improved. Link to the survey from the “Announcements” banner on the law library home page or here.

Our staff carefully reviews the results of these surveys each year, and we have made a number of changes to the library and it’s services over the years based on the feedback from our annual surveys. Some things are not within our power to change, but whenever we can make improvements or needed changes, we will. We just need to hear from you.

To read the library’s responses to your suggestions from previous surveys, see the Library & Technology Blog—search “survey”.

The survey ends on Friday, March 21, 2014.