Florida A&M University officials and alumni are in celebration mode Tuesday after announcing its College of Law has been granted provisional accreditation. The decision has historical significance for the orange and green as well as a boost for fulfilling the law school's mission.
Tuesday morning FAMUans were beaming with pride with the announcement that the College of Law in Orlando has been granted provisional accreditation by the American Bar Association.
With the first class admitted in 2002, the designation is big to students. President Fred Gainous says it means they will be able to sit for the Bar.
Dr. Fred Gainous says, “And not only that, but with regards to students asking if we are accredited we can now tell them that we've gone as far as any university can go in getting accredited.”
The announcement of the provisional accreditation is as much a victory for the present as it is the past because many FAMUans will tell you they are still resentful for the day in 1968 when the Florida legislature closed their doors to the school which was housed in the Coleman Library.
Dr. Percy Luney, Jr., FAMU Law School Dean, says, “It left a big scar on the spirit of alumni and a distrust that possibly might heal with the birth of this law school and its subsequent accreditation.”
Dr. Gainous says the full accreditation will take three to five years. Within that time frame FAMU will need to build a permanent law school in Orlando and have students perform reasonably well on the Bar Exam.