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American Bar Association Releases Report on the College of Law
February 15, 2013

. — Florida A&M University (FAMU) College of Law (COL) learned Thursday that it remains accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) after going through a routine accreditation process and must submit additional information to the ABA for consideration.

The ABA, as a result of the March 2012 site visit, has asked Interim President Larry Robinson and COL Dean LeRoy Pernell to submit the information by May 1, 2013.  After receipt of that information, the committee will further consider the accreditation of the College of Law.

“I will work diligently with Interim Provost Rodner Wright and his team, including the dean of the COL, to address all of the ABA concerns,” said Robinson.  “We will rely heavily on the expertise of the various members of our team in the ABA Accreditation Review process.”

FAMU received a report from the ABA Accreditation Committee. The report was based on a site evaluation conducted during a March 2012 visit by an ABA committee to the COL. The site team released a preliminary report in September 2012.

Since the release of the September preliminary report, the COL has been working to address the concerns cited by hiring additional staff and implementing new programs to prepare students for the bar exam.  In addition, the COL has provided an additional level of professional development for faculty, revised promotion and tenure rules, enhanced advising processes and boosted recruitment efforts.

“We believe the new measures, as well as the addition of staff, will work to strengthen our program,” said Pernell, dean of the College of Law. “We will move forward with addressing the specific ABA concerns.”
According to Pernell, the College has a newly revamped position of associate dean for teaching and faculty development, which would prepare comparative and trend analysis of faculty teaching load, scholarship and service and evaluate classroom performance. Pernell has also fully staffed the offices of Student Services and Administration, and Bar Preparation and Academic Success. A national search is underway for a highly qualified director for the Law School Career Services Office. The College of Law has also reinstituted a third-year review of tenure-tracked faculty.  This review is designed to provide a peer-driven assessment of a faculty member’s progress in teaching, scholarship and service.

A copy of the report is available at http://www.famu.edu/index.cfm?OfficeOfCommunications&Report.

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