FAMU Law School Warned it is Not Meeting Standards

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By: Garin Flowers

After a routine review, the American Bar Association has decided to keep the FAMU college of law as accredited. But, the school isn't done with proving itself just yet.

FAMU released a statement earlier today saying the a-b-a visited the law school in march of last year. From that visit, the a-b-a told FAMU officials to submit more information by may of this year. In September, they released a report on some of the concerns they would like to school to address.

FAMU officials say they have addressed the issues so far by hiring additional staff and implementing new programs to prepare students for the bar exam. We spoke with a current college of law student.

Artist Hicks, FAMU Law School Student, states, "it gives you a little pause knowing that your school is being reviewed for accreditation, but I have full faith, like I said before, I have full faith in our deans and professors and students to rise to the occasion."

The college of law further says they've provided more professional development for faculty, revised promotion and tenure rules, enhanced advising and upped recruitment efforts.

The FAMU law school in recent years has been known as one of the most diverse law school's in the nation.

Associated Press Release

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida A&M University's law school is getting a warning that it is not meeting standards needed to maintain its accreditation.

The American Bar Association this week sent a letter to FAMU officials detailing problems it found with the law school based in Orlando.

The accreditation committee questioned whether FAMU was doing enough to prepare students for the exam needed to get a law license. The College of Law currently has more than 600 students.

University officials have been asked to submit a report by May that shows the university is complying with accreditation standards.

FAMU officials said Friday they're already taking steps to respond to the criticism. Interim President Larry Robinson stressed the law school remains fully accredited.

FAMU in December was placed on probation by a regional accrediting organization.

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