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Liberty's Law School Earns Provisional ABA Accreditation

February 14, 2006


 Dean Bruce W. Green, Dr. Jerry Falwell
  Dean Bruce W. Green makes a presentation to Dr. Jerry Falwell in celebration of provisional accreditation by the ABA

Dr. Jerry Falwell, Chancellor of Liberty University, announced today that the American Bar Association (ABA) granted provisional accreditation to Liberty University School of Law. The granting of provisional accreditation came at the earliest date possible.

Provisional accreditation grants Liberty University School of Law graduates the same rights and responsibilities as students who graduate from a fully accredited law school. Graduates are allowed to sit for the bar examination in any state. In the words of the ABA, “An individual who graduates while the school is provisionally approved [is] entitled to the same recognition given to ... graduates of fully approved law schools.”

New law schools must first apply for provisional accreditation. They cannot apply for full accreditation until they have operated for at least two full academic years with provisional accreditation. Dr. Falwell said, “This is one more step toward Liberty’s goal of having a first-rate law school on our campus—a dream that I’ve had for the last three decades. It is just a beginning step. We intend to move on to full ABA approval and a reputation for excellence. We know that we have an outstanding program of legal education. We’re attracting top-notch law students, and we have a great group of people here committed to the same cause.”

Founding dean, Bruce W. Green, added, “This is a great accomplishment for the whole university community. It is the latest achievement in a cohesive vision of a great university.”

Liberty’s law school opened in August 2004 and will graduate its first class in May 2007.