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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Concordia Anxiously Awaits Friday Meeting of ABA's Accrediting Arm

Posted By on Tue, Aug 5, 2014 at 9:03 AM

A lot of people were buzzing over the fate of the Concordia University School of Law over the weekend following reports of the Idaho Supreme Court not granting a waiver to allow third-year law students to take the bar exam.

But school officials insist that they're really more interested in a session, this coming Friday, of the Council of the American Bar Association Section of Legal Education, which will gather in Boston. That's where the ABA will take up Concordia's application for provisional accreditation.

"The earliest a new law school could apply for provisional accreditation was the time that we applied in," said Madeline Turnock, Portland-based adviser to the president of Concordia University. "The decision point on Friday is the earliest possible time we could have received provisional accreditation."

That said, there's also a chance that the ABA may not grant the provisional accreditation this week.

"It can be a three- to five-year process to get accreditation from the ABA," said Turnock.

And there's the rub for third-year law students, who will graduate next spring but won't be able to take the Idaho Bar exam if their school hasn't been accredited.

"All along, parents, students and anyone applying to Concordia was aware of that," insisted Turnock.

A spokesman for the ABA told Boise Weekly that the accrediting arm of the association meets every August, December, March and June.

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