Duncan School of Law denied accreditation

, The National Law Journal


The ABA's Council of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar voted not to approve the Knoxville, Tenn.-school's accreditation application during its Dec. 2-3 meeting and informed the school on Dec. 20, according to a council memorandum.

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  • Jerome Kowalski

    The question remains: Is there any rational basis for the outrageous cost of law school tuition? Not by any measure. Is there any rational basis for the inexplicable requirements of the ABA? Not one. %0A%0AAt the end of the day, the ABA will lose its exclusive franchise to accredit law schools, just as it has been losing its franchise to be the masters of the guild for those who are entitled to deliver legal services. %0A%0AThere are currently billions of dollars in defaulted law school tuition loans, much of it guaranteed by the federal government. At the same time, the number of law school graduates obtaining meaningful employment continues to plummet, while law schools continue to raise tuition and increase the number of seats for law students. Even as the number of jobs for recent law school graduates continue to plummet, starting salaries for lawyers are also on the decline to the point that recent graduates cannot afford to amortize their student loans and provide themselves with food, clothes and shelter. %0A%0AIn a classic game of passing the buck, the law schools blame the ABA for imposing costly requirements, law school professors disclaim any responsibility, claiming that to attribute blame to them is akin to blaming the proliferation of roaches because of the ban on DDT is akin to blaming the roaches, as Professor Larry Ribstein suggests elsewhere. They also claim that the high cost of legal education is due to outmoded guild rules and that law firms need to justify high hourly rates to pay for recent graduates. Law firms blame the schools because new associates need to earn enough to pay for their student loans. Law firm clients are saying %E2%80%9Cwhoa, this is none of our business; we%E2%80%99re not paying for training first and second year associates.%E2%80%9D%0A%0AThis whole Alphone and Gaston thing is slowly crumbling, while nobody seems to be paying attention, as unregulated providers of legal services, not having even attended law schools or having been admitted to any bar, are gaining significant market share. %0A%0AThe entire existing eco structure is simply crumbling before our very eyes. %0A%0AIn the end, I am seeing both some real merit in the notion of deregulating the profession and, in point of fact, the market is now creating this deregulation, as I describe in http://kowalskiandassociatesblog.com/2011/12/18/a-cost-way-too-high-to-pay-the-new-york- times-on-the-price-of-law-school-tuition/%0A

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