ABA Pretends to Crack the Whip: On August 11, 2016, the Ave Herald published a Joe Patrice article that was entitled “American Bar Association Finds Ave Maria’s Admissions Practices Lacking.” Look at this opening:
“The committee of the American Bar Association that accredits law schools has told the Ave Maria School of Law it is not in compliance with accreditation standards relating to admissions policies and practices. The ABA has given the law school a specific list of remedial actions it needs to take, and will review the situation in a few months.
The directive came following a review of the law school’s operations which included a scheduled ABA site visit that occurs every seven years for all fully accredited law schools in the U.S. Ave Maria Law remains fully accredited by the ABA.
The standards the law school was found to be out of compliance with require the school to have “sound admissions policies and practices” and admit only applicants who “appear capable of satisfactorily completing its program of legal education and being admitted to the bar.”
The ABA’s accreditation practices themselves have been criticized recently by the U.S. organization that supervises all higher education accrediting agencies, the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI). The NACIQI recommended in June that the U.S. Department of Education suspend the ABA’s ability to accredit new members for one year, finding fault with the ABA’s implementation of student achievement standards among other matters.
Joe Patrice, an editor at the widely-read legal news site Above the Law, told The Ave Herald that many in the legal community have been upset with the ABA for years for its apparent unwillingness to take serious action against underperforming law schools, and the action against the Ave Maria School of Law might foreshadow a crackdown on admission policies at other schools with low bar passage rates. “Ave Maria has stumbled into the ABA crosshairs at a really awkward moment,” he said. “The organization has been, in the minds of many of us, terrifyingly lax on admission standards but now they’re on notice from the Department of Education that they might lose their prestigious accrediting status if they don’t start showing some backbone.”
The ABA directed Ave Maria Law to develop a plan to bring it into compliance and submit it by Sept. 1, and said a “fact finder” will be appointed to visit the school by Oct. 1 to review the admissions policies and practices.
“The finding of noncompliance with the standard on admissions is a disappointment but not a cause for alarm,” the school’s president, Kevin Cieply, said in an email statement to school staff and alumni.” [Emphasis mine]
Of course, Pig Kevin Cieply is going to act as if this is no big deal. He does not want to alarm waterheads who are enrolled in – or considering – this private toilet. Then again, when is the last time that the ABA actually did anything more than a slap on the wrist?
Other Coverage: On August 12, 2016 at 10:12 am, JDU contributor “ichininosan” started a thread that was labeled “ABA slap on the wrist for Ave Maria Law School.” Enjoy the following comments from him, the second of which was posted the same day, at 10:25 am.
“Like a few dozen other law schools, Ave Maria admits students with credentials that ensure they won’t pass the bar exam, much less ever practice law. This has been true for at least a decade. The ABA has finally decided to take notice that this also happens to violate its standards:
Here is the hard right cross, following that stiff jab:
“A few facts about Ave Maria:
Annual Tuition: $41,706
Average indebtedness at graduation: $134,071
LSAT 25%: 142 (equivalent to 18th percentile of all test-takers)
Grads employed in lawyer jobs 10 months out: 31/88 (35%)
Grads employed in big firms 10 months out: 2
Grads in federal clerkships: 0
Bar pass rate (FL) first-time takers: 54% (state avg: 72%)” [Emphasis mine]
Do you still want to attend this festering stink pit, Lemming?!?! Perhaps, you also like to stick forks in electric sockets.
Ranking: As you can see, Ave Maria Sewer of Law is rated as a FOURTH TIER TRASH PIT by US “News” & World Report. If you have a functioning brain stem, then you will recognize that such a school provides its students and graduates with putrid job prospects.
Conclusion: The American Bar Association cockroaches are merely trying to show the Department of Education dolts that they take their “responsibilities” seriously. After all, they do not want to risk losing self governance, however minimal the odds. This cartel has a track record of allowing steaming piles of excrement to exploit students and rob taxpayers. Occasionally, the bastards deny full accreditation to a new commode – but then one year later bestow that status. They may place a toilet – such as WhiTTTTier Law Sewer – on probation briefly, before restoring it to its prior state. Schools with atrocious bar passage rates may get a sharply-worded letter, but nothing substantive happens. This shell game is a sight to behold.