On November 18, 2019, the Board of Trustees of the University of La Verne directed that the University of La Verne’s College of Law shall discontinue its American Bar Association (ABA)-accredited program of legal education and instructed administration to transition to a high-quality program of legal education approved and accredited by the State Bar of California. The College of Law will enroll new students for a JD degree as a State Bar of California approved law school beginning in the fall of 2020.
The University of La Verne’s current ABA-accredited program of legal education remains ABA accredited and in operation. It will continue to provide the opportunity for all currently enrolled students at the College of Law to complete their legal education at the College of Law in a timely manner. The College of Law is committed to ensuring that its current students will graduate with an ABA-degree pursuant to an ABA-approved teach-out plan.
However, all future newly-admitted and enrolled 1L students will be admitted and enrolled in a program of legal education approved and accredited by the Committee of Bar Examiners for the State Bar of California. They will not be admitted or enrolled in a program of legal education approved and accredited by the ABA. Accordingly, they will have the opportunity to earn a JD and graduate from a school that is accredited exclusively by the State Bar of California and will not earn a degree and graduate from a school that is accredited by the ABA.
All future newly admitted and enrolled 1L students are informed that study at, or graduation from the law school’s program of legal education approved by the State Bar of California may not qualify a student to take the bar examination or be admitted to practice law in jurisdictions other than California. A student who intends to seek admission to practice outside of California should contact the admitting authority in that jurisdiction for information regarding its education and admission requirements.”
Established in 1970, La Verne Law has produced generations of law professionals educated on standards of ethics and service to the community. The law school is part of the University of La Verne, which is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Among the other memberships maintained by the University are those in the American Council on Education, Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities, and Independent Colleges of Southern California.