The University of La Verne College of Law did not appeal the decision denying the law school full accreditation. As a result, its provisional accreditation automatically lapsed on July 14. Yesterday (July 19, 2011), the Council sent out a public notice of its final decision. La Verne waived the right to submit written comments to accompany the public notice.
The Council waived the ten-month waiting period required under Rule 11(b) of the Rules of Procedure, which permits La Verne to immediately reapply for provision approval. The public notice syas that La Verne intends to reapply early this Fall (Fall 2011).
The public notice confirms that the Council denied La Verne's application for full approval because it
conclu[ded] that the School had failed to establish full compliance with ABA Standard 301(a) and Interpretation 301-3, and with ABA Standard 303 and Interpretation 303-3 ....
Other than setting forth the two Standards and the related Interpretations, the public notice provides no further information that indicates the particulars that led to the Council's decision.
Now there are two questions:
- How long will it take La Verne to convince the Accreditation Committee and the Council that it has "reformed itself" (see Alice's Restaurant)?
- How many of La Verne's students will transfer? If La Verne loses the top of recent entering classes (including this Fall's class), how long will it take to drag itself back into credibility, and the ABA's good graces? See A Tale of Two Law Schools: Introduction for the credentials of the Fall 2010 class.