The American Bar Association’s accrediting arm has decided to pull approval from Thomas Jefferson School of Law for not complying with standards related to financial resources, program rigor and admissions.
In May, the ABA’s Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar decided to withdraw Thomas Jefferson’s approval. It then announced the decision Monday, starting a 10-business-day clock for the school in San Diego to file either a teach-out plan or an appeal of the decision. Thomas Jefferson will appeal, according to its interim dean, Linda M. Keller.
Thomas Jefferson will keep its accreditation throughout the appeal, which is expected to take from six to nine months.
“The law school is disappointed by this capricious decision and strongly disagrees with the council’s findings,” it said in a statement. “The law school has taken concrete and significant steps in response to the council’s concerns and has fundamentally changed, transforming into a smaller, stronger school.”