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Proposed Amendments to Law School Rules re Additional Disclosures
In accordance with Business and Professions Code Section 6061, unaccredited law schools must provide disclosure statements as follows:
6061. Any law school that is not accredited by the examining committee of the State Bar shall provide every student with a disclosure statement,
subsequent to the payment of any application fee but prior to the payment of any registration fee, containing all of the following information:
(a) The school is not accredited. However, in addition, if the school has been approved by other agencies, that fact may be so stated.
(b) Where the school has not been in operation for 10 years, the assets and liabilities of the school. However, if the school has had prior
affiliation with another school that has been in operation more than 10 years, has been under the control of another school that has been in
operation more than 10 years, or has been a successor to a school in operation more than 10 years, this subdivision is not applicable.
(c) The number and percentage of students who have taken and who have passed the first-year law student's examination and the final bar
examination in the previous five years, or since the establishment of the school, whichever time is less, which shall include only those
students who have been certified by the school to take the examinations.
(d) The number of legal volumes in the library. This subdivision does not apply to correspondence schools.
(e) The educational background, qualifications, and experience of the faculty, and whether or not the faculty members and administrators
(e.g., the dean) are members of the California State Bar.
(f) The ratio of faculty to students for the previous five years or since the establishment of the school, whichever time is less.
(g) Whether or not the school has applied for accreditation, and, if so, the date of application and whether or not that application has been
withdrawn, is currently pending, or has been finally denied. The school need only disclose information relating to applications made in the
previous five years.
(h) That the education provided by the school may not satisfy the requirements of other states for the practice of law. Applicants should
inquire regarding those requirements, if any, to the state in which they may wish to practice.
The disclosure statement required by this section shall be signed by each student, who shall receive as a receipt a copy of his or her signed
disclosure statement. If any school does not comply with these requirements, it shall make a full refund of all fees paid by students.
Subject to approval by the board, the examining committee may adopt reasonable rules and regulations as are necessary for the purpose of
ensuring compliance with this section.
In addition, the Unaccredited Law School Rules state:
Rule 4.241 Disclosure statement
(A) A registered law school must provide each student, in the format required by the committee, a disclosure statement that includes all the
(1) It is not accredited by the committee.
(2) Whether it has applied for accreditation in the previous five years, and if so, the date of the application and whether the application is
pending or has been withdrawn or denied.
(3) A statement of assets and liabilities. This requirement applies only if it has been in operation for fewer than ten years. The requirement
does not apply if the law school is affiliated with or under the control of another school that has been in operation ten years or more.
(4) In the format required by the Committee, the pass rates of students who have taken the California First-Year Law Students’
Examination and the California Bar Examination. This information must be provided for the past five years or since the establishment
of the law school, whichever time is shorter.
(5) The number of legal volumes in the library. This requirement does not apply to correspondence or distance-learning law schools.
(6) The educational background, qualifications, and experience of the faculty and the names of any faculty or administrators who are
members of the State Bar of California or who are admitted in another jurisdiction.
(7) The ratio of faculty to students for the previous five years or since the establishment of the law school, whichever time is shorter.
(8) A statement that the education it provides may not satisfy the requirements of other jurisdictions for the practice of law and that
applicants should contact the jurisdiction in which they may wish to practice for that jurisdiction’s requirements.
(9) Whether it has been issued a Notice of Noncompliance by the committee.
In the interest of providing further information that may be of interest to potential students considering enrolling in unaccredited law schools, the Committee of Bar Examiners believes it would be appropriate to expand the information provided to the students in the required disclosure statements. The committee adopted in principle, subject to a public comment period and final approval by the Board of Trustees, the following amendment to the Unaccredited Law School Rules, which would require unaccredited law schools to provide the attrition rates of their students in the disclosure statements:
(10) In the format required by the committee, the attrition rates of students who are enrolled in the school and do not matriculate into
subsequent years of law study. This information must be provided for the past five years or since the establishment of the law school,
whichever time is shorter.
Committee of Bar Examiners
Dec. 3, 2015
The State Bar of California
180 Howard St.
San Francisco, CA 94105