Legal Education

Atlanta's John Marshall sees some success with ABA legal ed section

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Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School has had its probation removed, and its application to convert to a nonprofit was accepted, according to notice posted by the council of the ABA’s Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar.

The law school was placed on probation by the council in November 2018, for being out of compliance with Standards 301(a) and 309(b), which deal with legal education programs, and various conditions for Standard 501, which requires that accredited law schools admit candidates who appear capable of completing law school and being admitted to practice law.

In May 2019, the council asked the law school for more information.

“We at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School are proud of our students and graduates and remain committed to their success in law school and the practice of law. The law school now plans to convert to a nonprofit institution that will further strengthen its relationship with the community it serves,” said Malcolm L. Morris, dean of the law school, in a news release.

According to the law school’s Standard 509 Information Reports—which can be viewed here and here—averages for LSAT scores and undergraduate grade-point averages have seen improvements between 2017 and 2019 for the various percentiles. The law school had 462 students in 2017, according to its 509 report for that year; and it had 306 students in 2019, according to its 509 report for that year.

The law school’s ultimate bar passage rate for 2019, which is based on 2016 graduates, is 68.60%, according to ABA data. Its ultimate bar pass rate for 2018, which is based on 2015 graduates, is 78.40%.

Updated Dec. 16 at 4:22 p.m. to add statement from Malcolm L. Morris.

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