The Catholic University of America

Relevant Industry Standards

American Bar Association Accreditation
Standard
on Consumer Information

Resolution and underlying report approved by the House of
Delegates of the American Bar Association (ABA).
The resolution concurs in the action of the ABA Council
of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the
Bar amending accreditation standard 509 on consumer
information with respect to disclosure by law schools of
attrition rates and graduation rates, conditional scholarships
and employment of graduates. Rule 16 of the accrediting standards
is also amended to make violation of Standard 509 subject t
o sanctions by the Council.

This new standard, dated August 2012, requires that all consumer information that a law school reports, publicizes or distributes shall be complete, accurate and not misleading to a reasonable law school student or applicant. Schools shall use due diligence in obtaining and verifying consumer information. A law school must publicly disclose on its website consumer information on the following categories:

  1. admissions data;
  2. tuition, fees, living costs, financial aid, conditional scholarships and refunds;
  3. enrollment data and attrition/graduation rates;
  4. composition and number of full-time and part-time faculty and administrators;
  5. curricular offerings, academic calendar, and academic requirements;
  6. library resources;
  7. physical facilities; and
  8. employment outcomes placement rates and bar passage data.

Also schools must post policies on transfer of credit earned at another IHE as well as employment outcomes of J.D. grads on its website by March 31st each year or another date the Council might establish.

The employment outcomes posted must be accurate as of Feb. 15th for persons who graduated with a JD between Sept. 1 two calendar years prior and August 31st one calendar year prior. Three graduating classes data should ultimately be posted at any given time. Conditional scholarship retention data must also be posted.

See the August 29, 2012 Memo to Deans of ABA-Approved Law Schools with the requisite forms for posting data attached.

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