ABA Panel Favors Dropping Tenure as a Law-School Accreditation Standard

A panel of the American Bar Association that has been discussing possible revisions in the ABA’s accreditation standards for law schools has tentatively embraced two plans that would eliminate tenure as an accreditation requirement, The National Law Journal reported.

In a meeting on Friday, the association’s Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar discussed four options regarding tenure. Two of the proposals—to maintain existing protections for “doctrinal” faculty only, or to extend job protections to clinical and writing faculty—found little support. Instead, the council voted to proceed with proposals to drop the tenure requirement, although one of those options would provide some form of job security for faculty members.

The council is sending out both proposals for public comment. Whichever one it adopts still must be considered by the bar association’s House of Delegates. That is unlikely to happen before the association’s 2014 annual meeting next August, an ABA official said.

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