College of Law to Pursue American Bar Accreditation

The University of La Verne Board of Trustees has approved a plan to seek American Bar Assn. accreditation for the institution's College of Law in La Verne.

University officials say the decision made over the weekend applies only to the La Verne campus. The university will not seek accreditation for its Woodland Hills campus.

"This is probably the most important decision the board has made in my 12 years as president," said President Stephen C. Morgan. "An ABA-approved law school will add to the prestige of the university and its graduate and undergraduate programs of study."

The trustees will appoint a committee to implement efforts to get ABA approval for the La Verne campus, which has about 200 law students, officials said. The College of Law already has State Bar of California approval. The process for getting ABA approval is expected to take up to four years, said Deborah Mandabach, the university director of public relations.

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