Legal Education

Ohio law school back in compliance with program standard, ABA legal ed section's council finds

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Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

Cleveland State University’s Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. Photo from Wikimedia Commons.

Following a finding that the Cleveland State University's law school did not meet an ABA accreditation standard regarding program resources, it has since demonstrated compliance, according to recent notice from the ABA's Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar.

The section’s council found that the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law had “significant noncompliance” with Standards 202(a), (c) and (d) in August.

Under 202(a), a law school’s financial resources must be sufficient to operate in compliance with the standards. Standards 202(c) and 202(d) state that a law school is not in compliance if its current or anticipated financial conditions are expected to have a “negative and material effect” on carrying out a legal education program.

“We are very pleased that this matter has been resolved. It is important to note that this was about the allocation of financial resources from the university to our law school on the narrow issue of sufficient staffing for the law school. It was never about our financial condition; we are in the strongest financial condition in a decade,” wrote Lee Fisher, the dean of the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, in an email to the ABA Journal.

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