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The bill amended section 6061.7 of the California Business and Professions Code to require law schools operating in California that are not approved by the American Bar Association (ABA), to disclose information about their law schools in a standard report, which must be posted on their respective websites. The new law covers both California-accredited law schools (CALS) and unaccredited law schools registered by the Committee of Bar Examiners (Committee). Under section 6061.7, the law schools must post on their websites the following information: admissions data; tuition, fees and financial aid, conditional scholarships; enrollment data, the number of full-time faculty members, librarians and administrators, the average class size of required courses and clinical offerings, employment outcomes for graduates and bar passage data. In addition to these disclosures, law schools must also disclose on their websites their current enrollment, tuition refund policy, curricular offerings, academic calendar, academic requirements and policy regarding transfer credit earned at another law school. They must also make most of this information “accessible to current and prospective students” in what the law refers to as a “standardized information report” for which “The State Bar may create a standardized information report template.”
The new law will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2017.
Committee of Bar Examiners
Nov. 28, 2016