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NBLSA Statement on the Proposed ABA Law School Accreditation Standard Change

For Immediate Release
February 4, 2014

Washington, D.C. - The American Bar Association (ABA) Standards Review Committee is slated to make a crucial vote this weekend on February 7, 2014 at its Mid-Year Meeting in Chicago, IL. The Standards Review Committee ("SRC") on Legal Education is set to vote on a proposed law school accreditation standard, which would require all law schools to have an annual 75-80 percent annual bar passage rate among graduates in order for law schools to maintain ABA accreditation. Passage of such a drastic measure will significantly impact the number of students that are admitted into law school, as schools give great deference to the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) in admitting students. This proposed change, if passed, will directly impact law schools that admit larger numbers of African- American, Hispanic, and Asian students.

The current accreditation standard requires that law schools have a 75 percent bar passage rate of graduates in three out of the past five years in order to maintain accreditation. This current standard was adopted in 2008. NBLSA, along with the National Bar Association, and other networks are concerned about the ABA proposing such drastic standards without obtaining more information about national average bar passage rates. As current law students and future lawyers, we urge the ABA to further investigate and conduct studies on the disparate impact this standard will have on the legal community, if passed.

Passage of this standard will limit access to legal education to countless numbers of qualified students who have the potential to succeed in law school, and ultimately in the profession, but may be hindered because of standardized test scores. This measure will force law schools to turn away thousands of applicants, who are likely qualified and have a strong chance to succeed, because of the demands such a standard will place on law schools to be numbers driven based on standardized tests. The National Black Law Students Association, in addition to the Society of American Law Teachers, Clinical Legal Education Association, ABA Council of Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Educational Pipeline, National Bar Association, Hispanic National Bar Association, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, National Native American Bar Association, and the Congressional Black, Hispanic, Asian Pacific, and Progressive Caucuses oppose this standard.

The National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA) opposes this proposed standard, and we respectfully ask the American Bar Association not to vote on such a measure that will impact our current and future members. We ask that the ABA work to pass a measure that will promote diversity in the legal profession, and work to ensure higher bar passage rates without placing a mandate on law schools to be solely numbers driven.

The Bar Passage vote is scheduled for Friday, February 7, 2014 from 2:45p.m. until 5p.m. at the Conrad Hotel, 521 North Rush Street, Chicago, IL 60611, on the 11th floor in the Conrad Ballroom.

The National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA) is a 501(c)(3) corporation and the nation's largest student-run organization representing nearly 6,000 minority law students from over 200 chapters and affiliates throughout the United States and six other countries.

Contact: Nia Duggins, National Director of Social Action at socialaction@nblsa.org

150TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION


January 03, 2013 - by David Stephen
This week marks the 150th Anniversary of one of the most transformative documents in America's history: the Emancipation Proclamation, which abolished the institution of slavery in America. Since being signed by our 16th President Abraham Lincoln, African-Americans have seen many great accomplishments including the first Black President, First Lady, U.S. Attorney General, the passage of Civil Rights legislation, and monumental Supreme Court decisions expanding the rights of Blacks in an effort to institute equality for all Americans. As we look to the future, we must not forget that issues of inequality still persist in areas such as education and the racial wealth gap. Additionally, voter suppression laws in 30 states have attempted to disenfranchise the poor, elderly and people of color; and racial discrimination in employment, housing and lending are rampant. The work to make America a more perfect union still leaves much to do, but this week we look back at a pivotal turning point in the nation's history knowing that we have great responsibility as we become stewards of a legal system once used to enslave our ancestors.  more

NBLSA Supports World AIDS Day


December 01, 2012 - by David Stephen
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NBLSA Set to Participate in the Legal Futures 2010 Conference


November 03, 2010 - by TiffanyAnn Johnson

The National Black Law Students Association is saddened at the passing of Civil Rights pioneer Dr. Dorothy Height.


April 22, 2010
Summary: NBLSA mourns the loss of influential Civil Rights activist Dr. Dorothy Height  more

Announcing National Convention Agenda


February 28, 2010
NBLSA announces the agenda for its 42nd Annual National Convention that will take place March 10-14 in Boston, MA.   more

The National Black Law Students Association Applauds the President's Executive Order for increased support to America's HBCUs


February 28, 2010
NBLSA supports the President's Executive Order providing greater aid to the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities   more

The National Black Law Students Association Congratulates Mitch Landrieu's Election as New Orleans Mayor


February 28, 2010
NBLSA welcomes the election of Mitch Landrieu a the newest mayor of New Orleans  more

The National Black Law Students Association lends its support and assistance for relief efforts in Haiti


January 16, 2010
NBLSA extends support to those affected by the devastation that has rocked Haiti and praises the Obama administration's efforts to extend temporary protected status for Haitians in the US.  more

NBLSA to host Lending Rally in support of fair lending standards for student loans


September 18, 2009
The National Black Law Students Association will host a Lending Rally to urge Congress to create fair student lending standards.  more

National Black Law Students Association welcomes Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor


May 26, 2009
NBLSA supports President Obama's nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court.  more

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